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Irrigating with blue-green algae affected water


Many landholders use river water and farm dams to irrigate crops. These water sources are vulnerable to blue-green algal (BGA) blooms and may become contaminated.

This Primefact is designed to assist irrigators who may irrigate with BGA-contaminated water.

Topics include:

  • What are blue-green algae?
  • Does my farm dam or river contain blue-green algae?
  • How can BGA-contaminated water affect health?
  • How can BGA-contaminated irrigation water affect plants?
  • Irrigating crops with BGA-contaminated water
  • Cautions for spray and micro systems


Primefact 1280 Fourth Edition

Published: May 2017