Water-Smart Farming Manual

Published: 14 Nov 2023

Strategies for optimising water use efficiency of your grain growing system

This manual describes the latest research on maximising your rainfall and provides new strategies for increasing your yield, farm profit and resilience to changes in rainfall.

Growing conditions in Australian grain regions are diverse, with varying soils, climates, seasonal patterns and crops. The research and data presented in this manual are based on the most reliable and current information available in the northern, western and southern cropping regions. Although some emerging areas of research may be restricted to a specific type of grain (such as wheat), the findings exhibit potential for broader application and so have been incorporated into this manual.

Who is this manual for?

This manual is intended for the following audiences in rain-fed grain growing systems across Australia:

  • growers and advisers;
  • those wanting to maximise water use efficiency (WUE) to get more from their rainfall; and
  • those interested in understanding plant-available water capacity (PAWC), crop water utilisation.

Want a hard copy?

We may have printed copies of this publication available for growers, advisers and farming systems groups, for personal use and distribution at GRDC events.

Contact GroundCover Direct on 1800 11 00 44 or email ground-cover-direct@canprint.com.au to request copies of this publication, where printed copies are available. Publications are free but postage and handling charges may apply.

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Region: National

ISBN: 978-1-922342-53-9 (print)

ISBN: 978-1-922342-52-2 (Online)

GRDC Project Code: ACO2201-003SAX,