AGRI11001 Soil and Irrigation Management

AGRI11001 Soil and Irrigation Management
This assessment task requires you to prepare a plan for a new irrigation system or a modification of an existing irrigation system. You will also develop an appropriate management plan for your system. You are required to choose a property with a current water allocation which could be used to supply water to a farming enterprise. The property MAY or MAY NOT have an existing irrigation system. You will need to visit the property to collect data to develop your plan. You will select an appropriate irrigated cropping or pasture enterprise and provide a justification. Your Irrigation Plan will be in the format of a report and will include an introduction, aims, the main body addressing the points listed below, and in addition, conclusions and references.  Background information Brief overview of the farm including location, topography, size and enterprises (crops or livestock) currently on the farm. Include an aerial map of the farm (you may use Google maps, Google Earth, Queensland Globe or similar programs). Climatic parameters – rainfall and temperature. Soil information – (Australian Soil Classification, texture and structure). Water supply (source, quality and treatment requirements). Cropping enterprise and irrigation system Crop/s or pasture to be irrigated, including water and other management requirements of the crop/s. The water requirements of the crop may be obtained from published literature and industry websites. Explain the reason for choosing the crop/s. Select an irrigation system to be used (e.g. trickle, furrow, sprinkler irrigation). Explain your choice of irrigation system. A sketch of the irrigation layout/design. Specific requirements of the irrigation system (e.g. determination of peak water demand – show relevant calculations). Installation requirements of the selected irrigation system Pumping requirements (including type of pump and its capacity). List of all of the components used in the installation of the system (e.g. pipes, valves, and emitters or sprinklers). Installation procedures for various components. Periodic checking procedures to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the irrigation system. Irrigation system management and operation Provide a suggested irrigation schedule (application rates and irrigation cycle). Explain using some sample calculations how this may be estimated using evapotranspiration figures. Provide examples of techniques used for evaluating the performance of the irrigation system. Explain safety procedures to be followed when operating the irrigation system. This assessment task requires you to prepare a plan for a new irrigation system or a modification of an existing irrigation system. You will also develop an appropriate management plan for your system. You are required to choose a property with a current water allocation which could be used to supply water to a farming enterprise. The property MAY or MAY NOT have an existing irrigation system. You will need to visit the property to collect data to develop your plan. You will select an appropriate irrigated cropping or pasture enterprise and provide a justification. Your Irrigation Plan will be in the format of a report  and will include an introduction, aims, the main body addressing the points listed below, and in addition, conclusions and references.  Background information Brief overview of the farm including location, topography, size and enterprises (crops or livestock) currently on the farm. Include an aerial map of the farm (you may use Google maps, Google Earth, Queensland Globe or similar programs). Climatic parameters – rainfall and temperature. Soil information – (Australian Soil Classification, texture and structure). Water supply (source, quality and treatment requirements). Cropping enterprise and irrigation system Crop/s or pasture to be irrigated, including water and other management requirements of the crop/s. The water requirements of the crop may be obtained from published literature and industry websites. Explain the reason for choosing the crop/s. Select an irrigation system to be used (e.g. trickle, furrow, sprinkler irrigation). Explain your choice of irrigation system. A sketch of the irrigation layout/design. Specific requirements of the irrigation system (e.g. determination of peak water demand – show relevant calculations). Installation requirements of the selected irrigation system Pumping requirements (including type of pump and its capacity). List of all of the components used in the installation of the system (e.g. pipes, valves, and emitters or sprinklers). Installation procedures for various components. Periodic checking procedures to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the irrigation system. Irrigation system management and operation Provide a suggested irrigation schedule (application rates and irrigation cycle). Explain using some sample calculations how this may be estimated using evapotranspiration figures. Provide examples of techniques used for evaluating the performance of the irrigation system. Explain safety procedures to be followed when operating the irrigation system.
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