Price For Irrigating

If it were possible to get a neighbour to apply 25mm of irrigated water to a field, what would a reasonable market rate be for such an application?
 

Breckland Boy

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If it were possible to get a neighbour to apply 25mm of irrigated water to a field, what would a reasonable market rate be for such an application?
Alot will depend on how easy it is to get the water to the field.
I know of £50/acre to set up (laying pipes and hydrants) a field for a season. Once that is done water via a reel and rain gun will be £38-£45 /acre inch.
 
Incomparable really. No one "contract" irrigates here.


But for the principle of the exercise...
A centre pivot irrigator... $2500/ ac just for irrigator.
Associated pipe work plus pump and motor....close to another $1000/ac (smaller setups probably cost more per ac...)
26mm takes me 2 days to apply to 60ac under one pivot. Using around 4 megs/day. So roughly 8ac /meg so about 125 000ltrs/ac
Flood irrigation. Probably $1500/ac. But once done has little ongoing costs apart from water.

Then the water.....$45 to 50/ megalitre delivery costs? (That doesn't include buying it on the open market if you dont have any allocated to you. During the last drought water was $650/meg)We also have to pay the state government for the water, and the irrigation company for delivery entitlements. That meant during our recent 2 years of zero allocation we were paying for something we didnt receive as we all have delivery entitlements that were equivalent to what water entitlements was on the farm. Example.....recently bought a new farm. Permanent water had been sold off of it. It has 480 delivery entitlements on that we have to pay $10 to 12/entitlement for , even though there is no water with the farm.

I know the above is irrelevant to you guys. Thought you might find it interesting...
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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