Agriculture Overwatering cuts dairy pasture growth by up to 20 percent

Overwatering cuts dairy pasture growth by up to 20 percent

A team of experts from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have shown that overwatering of pastures could be costing Goulburn Valley farmers up to 20 percent in lost production.

The study found that farmers are irrigating too often and soils are becoming waterlogged, with drainage running off and pasture not growing for days on end. The consequence is 20 percent in potential production is lost by pastures being too wet.

These results challenge longstanding watering traditions, including the belief that pastures are shallow-rooted and must be irrigated frequently. The study gets the message out that farmers need to irrigate less often, put on the right amount of water, and have much more productive pastures.

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The above story is based on materials provided by the University of Southern Queensland.