Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    New app for irrigators cuts costs

    12/01/2016 6:00 AM
    • Free app to improve water use efficiency for WA growers
    • Made possible by Royalties for Regions 

    A free app has been developed which will simplify crop irrigation in Western Australia, saving growers time, effort and money.


    The Irrigate WA app draws on real-time data from the State's 136 weather stations to help growers schedule their watering time, volume and duration.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said growers could tailor the easy-to-use app to individual paddock requirements to optimise water use and crop potential.


    "Fruit and vegetable growers, as well as pasture producers and turf providers, can use the app to water their crops at the right time with the right amount of water on any given day," Mr Baston said.


    The app takes into account the production area, soil and crop type, irrigation system, plus daily rainfall and evaporation rates to determine the appropriate irrigation rates and schedule.  It also provides a field diary for growers to track water meter readings and to record harvest details, which they can use to develop benchmarks for water use efficiency.


    Developed by the Department of Agriculture and Food, the app is part of the Royalties for Regions $78.205 million Regional Development Water and Natural Resource Management initiative that aims to drive improved irrigation practices and build sustainability in agriculture businesses.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the app would benefit irrigated agriculture growers and associated businesses throughout the State.


    "It is important we facilitate the growth of irrigated agriculture in WA to create economic diversity in our regions," Mr Redman said.


    "Through this and other strategic initiatives, Royalties for Regions is growing WA's agrifood businesses and capturing new market opportunities to ensure a strong and sustainable future."


    Fact File

    • A more advanced version of the app is available at http://www.agric.wa.gov.au  
    • It complements 150 State-wide More Dollars per Drop irrigation system health checks, undertaken by DAFWA
    • There are about 2,500 agricultural irrigators in WA across 61,650 hectares, comprising vegetables, orchards, pastures and turf 

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700