Forecasting water allocations for Bundaberg sugarcane farmers

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Everingham, Yvette, Baillie, Craig, Inman-Bamber, Geoff and Baillie, Justine. 2008. "Forecasting water allocations for Bundaberg sugarcane farmers." Climate Research. 36 (3), pp. 231-239. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr00743
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Forecasting water allocations for Bundaberg sugarcane farmers

ERA Journal ID1964
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEveringham, Yvette (Author), Baillie, Craig (Author), Inman-Bamber, Geoff (Author) and Baillie, Justine (Author)
Journal TitleClimate Research
Journal Citation36 (3), pp. 231-239
Number of Pages9
Year2008
Place of PublicationOldendorf, Germany
ISSN0936-577X
1616-1572
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3354/cr00743
Web Address (URL)http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/cr/v36/n3/p231-239/
Abstract

Limited water availability in dry cane growing regions poses a challenge to sugarcane farmers. Water allocations tend to be lower at the beginning of the water season, and are increased during the season when inflows are captured. Probabilistic information reflecting the likelihood of specified increases in water allocation is not available to sugarcane farmers. The present paper describes how seasonal climate forecasts were used to provide this information for the 2001/2002 season as part of a case study involving sugarcane farmers in Bundaberg, Australia. Water allocation forecasts were then supplied to an irrigation simulation scheduling system to provide guidance about when and how much water could be applied. This research was underpinned by a cross-institutional collaboration that engaged industry, extension officers, engineers from the water authority and scientists from agriculture and climatology. The key findings from this investigation were 2-fold: the participatory approach (1) contributed to the development of information needed by industry, and (2) demonstrated the potential usefulness of climate forecasting models, hydrological models and cropping system simulators to contribute to enhancing knowledge about water availability and application. Additional investigations are required before this technology can be operationalised.

Keywordsadoption; barriers; participatory; irrigation; predict; Southern Oscillation; APSIM
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380101. Agricultural economics
300201. Agricultural hydrology
400513. Water resources engineering
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Byline AffiliationsJames Cook University
National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Sunwater, Australia
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Chen, Guangnan and Baillie, Craig. 2009. "Agricultural applications: energy uses and audits." Capehart, Barney L. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology. London, United Kingdom. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1-5
Development of a prototype precision spot spray system using image analysis and plant identification technology
Rees, Steven, McCarthy, Cheryl, Artizzu, X. P. B., Baillie, Craig and Dunn, Mark. 2009. "Development of a prototype precision spot spray system using image analysis and plant identification technology." Banhazi, T. M. and Saunders, C. (ed.) SEAg 2009: Agricultural Technologies In a Changing Climate. Brisbane, Australia 13 - 16 Sep 2009 Brisbane, Australia.
A methodology for on farm energy assessment
Baillie, Craig Peter and Chen, Guangnan. 2009. "A methodology for on farm energy assessment." 2009 RIRDC Life Cycle Assessment Workshop. Canberra, Australia 13 May 2009 Barton, A.C.T..
Evaluating on-farm energy performance in agriculture
Chen, Guangnan, Baillie, Craig Peter and Kupke, Paul. 2009. "Evaluating on-farm energy performance in agriculture." Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering. 7 (1), pp. 55-62.
A web-based system for scheduling irrigation in sugarcane
Inman-Bamber, N. G., Attard, S. J., Verrall, S. A., Webb, W. A. and Baillie, C.. 2007. "A web-based system for scheduling irrigation in sugarcane." 2007 International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Congress. Durban, South Africa Mauritius.
Understanding irrigation decisions: from enterprise planning to the paddock
Montagu, Kelvin, Thomas, Ben, Thomas, Geoff, Christen, Evan, Hornbuckle, John, Baillie, Craig, Linehan, Chris, Smith, Peter, Gallo, Fabian, North, Sam, Meyer, Wayne, Stirzaker, Richard and Cornish, Peter. 2006. Understanding irrigation decisions: from enterprise planning to the paddock. Canberra, Australia. Land and Water Australia.
Reducing energy input costs and associated greenhouse gas emissions in cotton
Baillie, Craig Peter and Chen, Guangnan. 2008. "Reducing energy input costs and associated greenhouse gas emissions in cotton." 14th Australian Cotton Conference: New Beginnings – Cotton in a Climate of Change. Gold Coast, Australia 12 - 14 Aug 2008 Narrabri, NSW, Australia.
Drought and climate forecasting in an Australian context
Stone, Roger C., Fawcett, Robert, Everingham, Yvette L. and Pinington, Greg. 2003. "Drought and climate forecasting in an Australian context." Stone, Roger C. and Partridge, Ian (ed.) Science for drought: proceedings of the National Drought Forum. Brisbane, Australia. Queensland Department of Primary Industries. pp. 41-48
Development of a framework and tool to assess on-farm energy uses of cotton production
Chen, Guangnan and Baillie, Craig. 2009. "Development of a framework and tool to assess on-farm energy uses of cotton production." Energy Conversion and Management. 50 (5), pp. 1256-1263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2009.01.022
Evaporation, seepage and water quality management in storage dams: a review of research methods
Craig, Ian, Aravinthan, Vasantha, Baillie, Craig Peter, Beswick, Alan, Barnes, Geoff, Bradbury, Ron, Connell, Luke, Cooper, Paul, Fellows, Christopher, Fitzmaurice, Li, Foley, Joseph P., Hancock, Nigel, Lamb, David, Morrison, Pippa, Mossad, Ruth, Misra, R. K., Pittaway, Pam, Prime, Emma, Rees, Steve, ..., Turnbull, David. 2007. "Evaporation, seepage and water quality management in storage dams: a review of research methods." Environmental Health. 7 (3), pp. 84-97.
Enhanced risk management and decision-making capability across the sugarcane industry value chain based on seasonal climate forecasts
Everingham, Y. L., Muchow, R. C., Stone, R. C., Inman-Bamber, N. G., Singels, A. and Bezuidenhout, C. N.. 2002. "Enhanced risk management and decision-making capability across the sugarcane industry value chain based on seasonal climate forecasts." Agricultural Systems. 74 (3), pp. 459-477. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0308-521X(02)00050-1
Using Southern Oscillation index phases to forecast sugarcane yields: a case study for northeastern Australia
Everingham, Y. L., Muchow, R. C., Stone, R. C. and Coomans, D. H.. 2003. "Using Southern Oscillation index phases to forecast sugarcane yields: a case study for northeastern Australia." International Journal of Climatology. 23 (10), pp. 1211-1218. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.920
Strategies for maximising sugarcane yield with limited water in the Bundaberg district
Baillie, Craig Peter. 2004. Strategies for maximising sugarcane yield with limited water in the Bundaberg district. Masters Thesis Master of Engineering. University of Southern Queensland.
Strategies for maximizing sugarcane yield with limited water in the Bundaberg district
Baillie, Craig Peter and Raine, Steven R.. 2005. "Strategies for maximizing sugarcane yield with limited water in the Bundaberg district." Annual Australian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ANCID) Conference. Mildura, Australia 23 - 26 Oct 2005 Mildura, Australia.