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This work demonstrated that by changing irrigation management practices, an average 27% reduction in modelled nitrogen loss to water is achievable, with minimal impacts on average annual pasture production.
Award sponsor Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd presented the trophy and plaque to project leader Dr John Bright at the Irrigation NZ AGM last week. Ian McIndoe and Birendra KC were also part of the project team.
Aqualinc researchers are currently establishing a field trial site for further work, funded by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)'s Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change programme, to test N-Wise irrigation strategies on a commercial dairy farm under realistic conditions of water-supply uncertainty. The project is also supported by DairyNZ, Waterforce, and Central Plains Water Ltd.
The Aqualinc team winning the Innovation in Irrigation Award is (L-R): Ian McIndoe, John Bright and Birendra KC.