Sarah Killury

Senior Irrigation Extension Officer, Agriculture Victoria

Sarah Killury

Senior Irrigation Extension Officer, Agriculture Victoria

Sarah is a Senior Irrigation Extension Officer based in Maffra with Agriculture Victoria, leading a team of 3. Sarah has a background in environmental science, and has been working in the agricultural field for the past 9 years, building a passion for water management, and a love of working with irrigators. Her role in the Sustainable Irrigation Program involves working directly with irrigators from a variety of industries to assist them with decision making around irrigation systems, water management, nutrient reduction and salinity, with the overall aim of driving practice change and improving efficiency. Sarah loves her job because she manages a brilliant team of irrigation extension officers and gets to help irrigators who are passionate and progressive improve their farms.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.7

When: Day 2 – Thursday, 14 June 2018, 14.00 – 14.30 & 17.00 -17.30

Abstract Outline:

The focus of the presentation is on irrigation scheduling tools used on-farm by irrigators and Agriculture Victoria staff as part of the dairy industry Accelerating Change (http://www.murraydairy.com.au/ accelerating-change), Smarter Irrigation for Profit (http://www.dairyingfortomorrow.com.au/) and Beyond SoilCare (https://www.gbcma.vic.gov.au/) projects.
The first component of the presentation describes an interactive evapotranspiration (ET) based spreadsheet tool that was developed by Agriculture Victoria and used over the 2017-18 irrigation season by a network of irrigators and service providers. Users are required to enter simple information in to the spreadsheet tool related to their particular irrigation circumstances in order for the tool to predict the optimum timing of the next surface irrigation.
The second component of the presentation is about the lessons that were learnt with different soil moisture monitoring (SMM) technologies used on dairy farms under pasture and crops. These SMM devices varied in terms of the different types of soil moisture sensors used, the data transmission equipment and the data viewing software. Soil moisture data from these different systems will be presented along with commentary about the use of this information for irrigation scheduling.
Key learnings about irrigation scheduling, different scheduling tools and irrigator and service provider attitudes and adoption of these tools will also be discussed.

Abstract 2: More information coming soon.

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