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Thursday
Feb042016

Are water bombers effective during bushfires?

Very interesting article on water bombers effectiveness during bushfires.

 

Thursday
Feb042016

Farmers weigh up cost of feed vs water

Interesting article about how much water is needed for irrigation, depending on when crops are sown.

"Encouraging irrigation water budgeting, Ms Brown said the first irrigation used three to four times more water than subsequent ones. For ­example, the first could require 1-2 ML/ha with subsequent using about 0.5ML/ha. Rain and hot weather would alter ­irrigation requirements as well."

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/dairy/farmers-weigh-up-cost-of-feed-versus-water/news-story/c510bb4a3356014a211d8c6ae95dc5cd

Wednesday
Feb032016

2015 was the hottest year on record

Every month since February 1985 has been warmer than average, and 2015 is the 39th consecutive year with above-average annual temperatures in an uninterrupted run that began in the mid 1970s. Ten months in 2015 beat previous records for those months.

High temperatures broke the internet (literally); led to cancelled sporting events in Victoria and South Australia; and added to severe bushfire conditions in several states.

 

https://blog.csiro.au/2015-hottest-year-ever-recorded/

Monday
Feb012016

Do you clean your rainwater tank?

Did you know you need to include your water tank in a maintenance regime? It's pretty straightforward, I like this article from the CSIRO blog which gives you some great hints on what to do.

1. Clean your gutters and strainer every 3 months.
2. Check the quality of your water every 6 months.
3. Check your pump is working and not leaking - every 6 months.
4. Clean your tank out completely every 2-3 years.

For more detailed info, check the CSIRO blog!

 

Thursday
Jan282016

Carting water in West Wimmera & South Grampians.

Livestock producers and rural families in typically high rainfall regions of West Wimmera and Southern Grampians shires face a long summer of carting water for stock and domestic use.

Veteran farmers said supplies were the lowest on record and "much worse" than drought years in the 1960s and 1980s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-20/drought-water-policy-infrastructure-livestock-lamb-cattle/7101274