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Irrigation innovation on display for growers

The latest tricks and tools of the trade in irrigation will be showcased to vegie growers at a workshop in Richmond next week.

Run by Greater Sydney Local Land Services as part of Horticulture Innovation Australia’s (Hort Innovation) VegNet project, the workshop will showcase irrigation innovation as well as a series of new vegetable variety trials.

Greater Sydney Senior Land Services officer (Irrigation) Matthew Plunkett said growers would hear about a range of topics designed to benefit their day to day operations.

“We will be showcasing the effectiveness of different sprinkler packages, the latest advancements in irrigation technology and detailing simple soil moisture monitoring tools and techniques,” he said. “It will also give attendees the chance to view our new lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach variety trials.”

“We have been monitoring our water usage and experimenting with different irrigation techniques in the trial crops in order to help growers be more efficient with their own water usage and ultimately show how to produce better crop yields while reducing input costs.”

Mr Plunkett said he hoped the workshop would give growers an opportunity to provide feedback on the VegNet program and the key issues for the vegetable industry.

“Our aim through VegNet is to help growers apply new research outcomes to boost productivity. We can’t achieve that without input from the vegetable growing community.”

The ‘What’s New In Irrigation Technologies’ workshop will be held at the Greater Sydney Demonstration Farm, Gate 6 Southee Rd Richmond from 12:30 to 3pm with lunch included.

For further information or to RSVP email veg.network@lls.nsw.gov.au.

The Greater Sydney Local Land Services VegNet NSW project is funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable levy and funding from the federal government.

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