Water and Irrigation Unit

Water and Irrigation Research and Development Unit

The water and Irrigation unit delivers services that increase water productivity and improve the resilience of water users across NSW agricultural industries.

We do this by applying our hydrology expertise and connecting it with soil science, agronomy and farming systems.

Water and Irrigation Unit goal

Our Research and Development facilitates practice change that leads to:

  • Increased water productivity
  • Increased profitability of farming systems
  • Improved agricultural water management through evidence based policy advice
  • Decreased production risk

Water and Irrigation Unit capabilities

We have Research and Development staff based at eight locations across NSW’s major agricultural regions.

We deliver Research and Development (R&D) in complex field environments and apply specialist capabilities in:

  • Measuring and evaluating the components of the water balance in the plant root zone
  • Quantifying water productivity relative to biological potential and monitoring progress to increase productivity
  • Integrating hydrology, soil science, agronomy and farming systems at the paddock, farm, and sub catchment scale

Water and Irrigation Research and Development themes

Water productivity

We plan and implement R&D that farmers can adopt to underpin the profitable and productive use of agricultural water in NSW. We do this by:

  • Improving water productivity in rain-fed and irrigated agricultural systems
  • Mitigating the risks associated with variable water availability
  • Enabling the use of available water resources for sustainable profitability
  • Understanding what drives farmers to adopt new technologies, and planning and implementing our research to ensure we meet those drivers

Sustainable use of water

We improve water management practices to increase the sustainability and productivity of agriculture in NSW and enhance the capacity of agriculture to respond to risks and change. We do this by:

  • Participating as an essential partner in the development of water policy that has the potential to affect NSW agricultural users
  • Delivering R&D that enables the sustainable use of water in agriculture, increases the social license to operate for agriculture in NSW, and influences water policy outcomes.

Contacts for Water and Irrigation Unit

Water and Irrigation Unit contacts