The drought is intensifying across the state. The NSW Government is increasing its drought management measures to protect the water in our river systems for critical needs. The following valleys recently moved into new drought stages: Macquarie – stage 4 (critical) Border Rivers, Gwydir, Peel, and Belubula – stage 3 (severe) Murray, Murrumbidgee and Lachlan.
MDBA Audit finds reporting of water prices falls short
May 31, 2019
An audit by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) of reporting of the prices paid for water when it is traded in the Murray–Darling Basin has found that much more needs to be done to ensure robust administration supports the water market. The MDBA Executive Director of Compliance, Brent Williams, said several straightforward steps were required.
Visibility n seeded as ‘mixed’ sentiment hits east-coast Australian grains The first wheat imports to Australia in years raise concerns about the sector – but there is still interest in cropping properties. Australia is getting its first female agriculture minister when Bridget McKenzie is sworn in with the rest of prime minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet.
Water market wrap Almond Board water policy The Almond Board of Australia has released a significant policy statement calling for a halt on greenfield hort developments below the choke, to mitigate against deliverability risk for their water thirsty growers. There are will be increasing demands from maturing almond crops over the next five years, and.
During the upcoming 2019 winter works our focus will be on system efficiency and minimising impacts to water supply where possible. The modernisation works, combined with WaterNSW restoration works at Berembed Weir, mean that we will be maintaining a modified irrigation supply from 27 May through to mid-August. We will continue to work with WaterNSW.
Murrumbidgee River Murrumbidgee regulated water interstate closes 11:59pm 30th April 2019 (to VIC) Murrumbidgee regulated water intravalley closes 11:59pm 31st May 2019 (all Murrumbidgee trades except to NSW Murray) Murrumbidgee regulated intervalley closes 11:59pm 30th June 2019 (River to NSW Murray) Coleambally Irrigation closes all trades on the 31st of May 2019 Murrumbidgee Irrigation internal trades.
Groundwater allocation update: possible reductions for 2019/2020 season
May 22, 2019
DOI Water issued a groundwater allocation updated on Wednesday the 22nd of May 2019 in regards to possible reductions on 2019/2020 season groundwater allocations. Click here to read the whole statement … NSW Groundwater Water allocation update The extreme dry conditions across most of inland NSW appear set to continue. Surface water resources are dwindling.
DOI Water issued the below media release on the 21st of May 2019. Click here to read the whole release Given the drought is intensifying across the state, the NSW Government continues to implement drought management measures in consultation with communities. The Department of Industry-Water and WaterNSW are holding public forums in drought.
The Almond board of Australia has came out with a Water Policy Position in regards to the Murray-Darling Basin. It’s objective is to ensure the Murray Darling Basin river system and its environs are healthy and can sustainably support a prosperous, diverse irrigated agricultural sector and its communities. It sets actions such as a moratorium.
The Guardian: Murray-Darling irrigators file class action seeking $750m from basin authority
May 21, 2019
Fury over water allocations has led irrigators in south-eastern Australia to file a class action in the New South Wales supreme court, seeking $750m in damages from the federal government’s Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). The chairman of the Southern Riverina Irrigators Council (SRI), Chris Brooks, alleges the MDBA’s negligence has led to severe financial losses for “thousands”.
National Irrigators’ Council – Monday 20th May 2019
May 21, 2019
Congratulations to the Morrison / McCormack Government on their re-election on Saturday. We look forward to continuing to work with them, and, in particular, water Minister David Littleproud, and energy Minister Angus Taylor, over the next term – a term of Government that will include a vital period in the implementation of the Basin Plan.
15th May Murrumbidgee • This outlook for the likely 1 July 2019 water availability is conservatively based on assumed extreme dry (99th percentile) inflows for the remainder of the current 2018-19 water year, and all of 2019-20. Indicative estimates for September and November 2019 allocations under a range of inflow scenarios are provided to help.
15th May 2019 NSW Murray General Security remains unchanged at 0%. To read the full allocation announcement click here Murrumbidgee General Security remains unchanged at 0%. To read the full allocation announcement click here 14th May 2019 Lachlan General Security remains unchanged at 0%. To read the full allocation announcement click here .
To read all about the below topics, covered in depth in this months issue of the NSW Government Water News – April 2019 click here Welcome to new minister for water, Melinda Pavey Drought update Snowy advisory committee issues its first advice Southern Coalfield groundwater monitoring Water trade and allocations dashboards Welcome rain falls in the.
Yanco Winter Works 2019: supply interruptions from the end of May We have an extensive works program planned for the 2019 winter period including more automation, some channel lining and structure upgrades. Like last year, our focus will be on minimising impacts to water supply where possible. Our engagement team have already started talking to.
BOM Special Climate Statement – drought conditions statement 9th April 2019
April 23, 2019
Special Climate Statement 70—drought conditions in eastern Australia and impact on water resources in the Murray–Darling Basin Main points The statement focuses on the persistence of dry conditions since November 2018 when the last special climate statement ‘Special Climate Statement 66 – an abnormally dry period in Eastern Australia‘ came out. New South Wales has.
NIC is launching a new Sustainable Stories page on social media to share some of the case studies of irrigation farmers and irrigation companies that are improving the environment on their properties by watering wetlands or similar things. They want to show people in the city and people concerned about the environment, that there is.
15th April South Australia The projected minimum, or worst case, opening irrigation allocation for the 2019-20 water year is 14 percent. Click here to read the announcement Murrumbidgee Key information • This outlook for the likely 1 July 2019 water availability is conservatively based on assumed extreme dry (99th percentile) inflows for the remainder.
15th April Murrumbidgee remains unchanged NSW Murray remains unchanged Lachlan remains unchanged 11th April Macquarie remains unchanged 5th April Gwydir remains unchanged Namoi remains unchanged 1st April New South Wales Murrumbidgee remains unchanged NSW Murray remains unchanged Victoria The final seasonal determinations for Victoria were announced today, with Broken.
The Managing Climate Variability R&D program, in its fifth funding period, is continuing to invest in climate forecasting research, services, knowledge and tools for Australian agriculture. To help us communicate the work we do, the Climate Kelpie website has been redeveloped, and the Climate Kelpie News will give you quarterly updates on the latest in climate risk management.
Victorian Water Register: Broken trade out closing for season
March 29, 2019
In line with the trading rules for the Broken system, allocation trade out of the Broken system will close for this season on Sunday 31 March 2019. Trade applications received after 31 March will not be approved. Any trades that are submitted online from the Broken to trading zones in other water systems are automatically.
15th March Murrumbidgee Although next year’s (2019-20) high priority commitments are not yet fully assured, inflows to satisfy them would normally arrive over autumn and winter. • This preliminary outlook is a repeat of the information provided in the 15 February 2019 statement. • As the NSW caretaker period has commenced in the lead-up.
ABARES OUTLOOK MEDIA RELEASE: Tough choises to reach $100 billion by 2030
March 5, 2019
ABARES OUTLOOK MEDIA RELEASE: Tough choises to reach $100 billion by 2030 Making tough choices will be central to Australian agriculture’s continued success, according to ABARES Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodd’s opening address at the 2019 ABARES Outlook Conference in Canberra today. Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds listed five key areas that are vital.
The CottonInfo Moisture Manager – Monday 4th March 2019
March 4, 2019
Monday 4th March 2019 In this edition of the CottonInfo Moisture Manager there is Australian rainfall information (week ending the 3rd March 2019), summary of climate indicators, multi-week rainfall & temperature guidance summary, The Madden-Julian Oscillation, Heat wave outllok, Tropical hazards – cyclone watch (4-13 March), Predicting ENSO for the coming year: the challenge for.
Are you interested in seeing Fletcher International Exports facility, attending the Bayer Cotton Grower of the Year Field Day or learn how Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) technology is making an impact in Keytah? IREC is hosting a 3 day technology tour to Moree & Goondiwindi to see these things & more, from Tuesday.
15th February New South Wales Murrumbidgee The Preliminary Outlook for 2019-20 is conservatively based on assumed extreme dry (99th percentile) inflow conditions for the remainder of this water year and all 2019-20. The forecast information is not guaranteed and should be used at ones own risk. Full 100% allocation can be expected for.
Feb 15th Victoria– Goulburn & Loddon increase to 96% HRWS & the Broken increases to 33% HRWS Murrumbidgee & NSW Murray remains unchanged Feb 12th Macquarie allocation remains unchanged Feb 8th Gwydir, Namoi & Border Rivers allocations remain unchanged Feb 1st Victoria Loddon & Goulburn has increased to 95% & all other.
Murray Irrigation announces resource distribution Riverina-based Murray Irrigation has announced that it will distribute 53GL of much needed water to its customers immediately, and free of charge. The company’s board endorsed a management recommendation to make the water available to mitigate the dire circumstances being faced by its predominantly family-farm customer base. The distribution, which has.
15th Jan Murrumbidgee General Security remains unchanged NSW Murray General Security remains unchanged Lachlan General Security remains unchanged 11th Jan Lower Namoi General Security remains unchanged a 0% Macquarie General Security remains unchanged at 0%. A temporary water restriction is in place to ensure that water usage below Burrendong Dam in 2018-19 is suitably limited..
The Hon. David Littleproud MP Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources The Hon. Niall Blair MLC NSW Minister for Regional Water Friday, 21 December 2018 Rebates for water smart NSW farmers Federal and NSW Governments to deliver $12 million in water infrastructure rebates Drought-hit farmers to claim up to 25% on new farm water infrastructure.
New water metering framework released The new NSW Non-Urban Water Metering Framework commenced on 1 December. It includes a policy, legislation and regulations to improve the standard of non-urban water meters in NSW. Under the framework, new standards will apply for new and replacement meters from 1 April 2019, and large surface water pumps will.
National Irrigators’ Council Newsletter 14th Dec 2018
December 17, 2018
Basin water Ministers met today in Melbourne, with an outcome hailed by NSW Minister Blair, as being “a deal for all”. The critical part of the agreement was a socio economic impact test to be put in place for all projects as part of the 450GL efficiency component of the Basin Plan. Victorian Water Minister.
CottonInfo’s series of short videos – created by Paul and Tonia Grundy – have amassed almost one million views! Have you watched them yet? The videos cover a huge range of topics, including timely seasonal information that you need to know now re agronomy, cotton growth and development, irrigation, nutrition and pest management So while you’re watching.
A critical milestone in the development of the cotton plant is the production of the first flower. At this time the plant starts to generate yield. Additionally, the water use and nutrient uptake of the crop increases, and management becomes a juggling act to prolong the duration of flowering by minimising crop stress for as.
Operation blow grass removal We have been kept busy removing blow grass from channels this season, especially over the past few weeks. Blow grass is an ongoing issue throughout our network and has been particularly troublesome recently due to the dry and windy conditions. The build-up of blow grass in some channels has resulted in.
20th December The Peel regulated river general security allocation remains unchanged at 38 per cent of entitlement. Similarly, the aquifer general security allocation remains unchanged at 69 percent of entitlement. The allocation for general security licence holders in the Bega-Brogo regulated river water source has increased by 5 per cent to 35 per cent entitlement.
Murrumbidgee Irrigation invited water brokers and solicitors to an information session in regards to delivery entitlements. There wasn’t a person in the room that didn’t learn something that day. Please click here to see the DE fact sheet that MI has bought out.
On the 13th of November 2018 Rice Extension hosted a Water Allocation & Trade Forum in Griffith and Coleambally. The forum helped irrigators understand how water resource assessments in the Murrumbidgee are made & had an overview of water trading products. The key speakers were: NSW DOI-Water- Interpreting the fortnightly resource updates Snowy Hydro- How and.
Want to know why VIC HRWS are at 90% and NSW GS is still on 0%?
November 19, 2018
The MDBA has given a little insight with their article ‘Getting the measure of water allocations’ by Andrew Reynolds on the 15th of November 2018. In good years, water flowing down the Murray River meets everyone’s needs with a bit in reserve. Either side of those years are the floods when there’s more than.
Notes from the MDBA Water Infrastructure Program Forum In Griffith 1/11/18
November 9, 2018
On Thursday the 1st of November the MDBA held a community consultation in Griffith in regards to the MDBA Water Infrastructure Program. Bec from Key Water went along, and here were her main takes from the forum Purpose of the forum The forum was to seek feedback from the community as to what additional.
15th November New South Wales NSW Murray GS: No change – still 0%. Current shortfall in conveyance & environmental licence of 75GL, after which considerations will be made for next seasons high priority needs. Murrumbidgee: No change- still 7%. Resource improvements will go towards next seasons high priority needs, which there is currently a.
Murray Darling Basin Plan Forum- have your say on the 450GL on-farm efficiency socio-economic testing
October 22, 2018
The below is the media release from The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Thursday, 18 October 2018 Murray-Darling communities keep Basin Plan in check Consultation documents for socio economic test released Criteria to make sure projects have only positive or neutral social and economic impacts. Part of the $1.5 billion Murray Darling.
15th October Murrumbidgee GS allocation remains unchanged on 7%. Click here to read the full allocation announcement NSW Murray GS remains unchanged on 0%. Click here to read the full allocation announcement VIC Murray HR has increased to 84%, Goulburn & Loddon HR to 77%, Broken HR to 14% and Bullarook LR increased to.
September 2018 Murrumbidgee GS received an extra 1% on Monday the 17th of September totalling 7% allocation. To read the allocation announcement click here NSW Murray is still on 0% GS. To read the allocation announcement click here VIC Murray HR increased to 78%, Goulburn HR increased to 70%, Broken HR increased to 9% & Bullarook.
Joint Media Release: Delivering water faster in the Southern Murray-Darling
September 14, 2018
Joint Media Release Delivering water faster in the Southern Murray-Darling Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud NSW Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair 14 September 2018 Deal between Water NSW and Murray Irrigation Limited to bypass Barmah Choke Mulwala Canal to benefit irrigators and environment by delivering water when it’s needed. 7700 irrigated farms.
Murrumbidgee Irrigation have announced 3% water enhancement
September 11, 2018
Murrumbidgee Irrigation have provided a 3% additional annual water allocation to eligible customers. The company will continue to review its position over the next few months. If you are eligible for the additional water allocation, it will have been automatically credited to your water allocation account. Your available water balance, including any additional water, is.
Murray Irrigation will give a 5% resource distribution to its customers
September 11, 2018
Murray Irrigation will issue a five percent resource distribution to its customers. The distribution will be made available to delivery entitlement holders who have paid all outstanding accounts up to and including the March 2018 quarter (including related interest) by 5.00pm Friday 7 September 2018. Customers who are compliant with any approved payment arrangements will.
On Monday the 10th of September the Resource Manager for northern Victoria, Mark Bailey declared a low risk of spill in the Goulburn and Campaspe systems. The risk of spill in the Murray system during 2018/19 remained above the 10 per cent threshold needed to declare a low risk of spill, therefore the Murray risk of spill.
Gross margins across the industry are tipped to rise in 2018-19, despite expectations of a smaller crop, mostly due to higher lint and seed prices. And if you have an allocation or stored soil moisture, you could be set to achieve higher profits. The cotton industry gross margins, first released in Dec 2017, have been updated.
On Sunday the 26th of August there was a few articles stating that the government will be selling some of the temporary environmental water back to farmers. One of the statements made were ‘DROUGHT-stricken farmers will be able to buy water set aside for the environment with the NSW government to release up to 15,000.
Water allocations for the month of August Macquarie- 17th August 2018 (Carry over now limited to 70%) Murrumbidgee- 15th August 2018 Murray & Lower Darling- 15th August 2018 Victoria – 15th August 2018 Victoria risk of spill- 10th August 2018 Gwydir- 9th August 2018 Namoi- 9th August 2018 Murray & Lower Darling- 1st August 2018.
On Wednesday 8th of August Sunrice announced to it’s growers fixed price contracts for 2019 season crop at $500 per tonne for medium grain Reiziq and up to $650 per tonne for the speciality variety Koshi. Full details here
Milk Price Index launched Milk Price Index website now live, including index of commodity prices across the industry. Retrospective Farmgate Milk Price Index also introduced to establish an index of actual prices received by farmers, by region. Part of the Government’s $579 million Dairy Support Package and 2016 election commitment. Dairy farmers will be better.
Joint Media Release: Basin-scale watering connects northern rivers in 2000km journey
July 6, 2018
For the first time, water for the environment has flowed through a 2000-kilometre network of rivers in the northern Murray–Darling Basin, reaching the Menindee Lakes near Broken Hill. Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) head of compliance Russell James and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH), Jody Swirepik, said the successful flow of water for the environment.
NSW Opening Allocations Murrumbidgee High Security opens at 95% Murrumbidgee General Security opens at 3% NSW Murray High Security opens at 97% NSW Murray General Security has not opened with any allocation Lachlan High Security has received 100% allocation Lachlan General Security has not opened with any allocation Macquarie High Security has received 100%.
Farm production value forecast to rise in mixed Agricultural outlook The value of farm production is forecast to $61.4 billion in 2018–19, well above the 10-year average of $55 billion (in real terms), according to ABARES Agricultural commodities: June quarter 2018. ABARES Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds said that while some sectors may see a.
Article from the Financial Review- Monday 14th May 2018 The listed Duxton Water is set to be a recipient of a wave of new investors with 62 million options expiring at the end of this month at the same time water prices are expected to increase and competing fund – Blue Sky Water – faces further scrutiny..
Murrumbidgee general security allocation increase of 4%
May 15, 2018
Murrumbidgee general security has increased by 4 per cent to 45 per cent of entitlement. This means that with carryover, overall general security water availability has reached 72 per cent of entitlement in the valley. This increase has come from the Snowy Scheme through discretionary release for power generation by Snowy Hydro Limited. Apart from.
MDBA remains intact after the Federal government & Labor strike a deal
May 8, 2018
The Federal Government has struck a deal with Labor to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin Plan remains intact, easing concerns it was about to crumble without political support. Click here to read the article The full text of the agreement is here
US-China trade stoush could help & hurt Australian ag – The Land Article
April 10, 2018
China’s weekend decision to raise tariff concessions on more than 120 goods exported by the US, including wine, pork and other agricultural imports, and put additional tariffs on another eight products, is likely to have mixed outcomes for Australian farmers in the short-term. In 2016, the US exported $21.6 billion of agricultural products to China.
Almost no rain was recorded across most of the Murray-Darling Basin this week. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is forecasting these dry conditions to continue over the next 8 days. Relatively warm to hot temperatures are also expected to affect the Basin. Click here to read the full report
Murrumbidgee Murrumbidgee general security allocation has increased by 4 per cent, bringing the total this year (2017-18) to 38 per cent of entitlement. All high priority commitments on 1 July, including carryover, are assured, however; at this early stage, general security entitlements will probably commence the new water (1 July 2018) year with zero or.
Yesterday we both attended the 2018 Rice Industry Field Day at Yanco. It was an interesting day with research displays, trips to the field stations & guest speakers including Kellogg’s and Sunrice. The morning was spent looking at research displays over morning tea, and then a presentation by Kellogg’s about the importance of grain quality.
On Monday evening the 26th of February the NSW Farmers held a Water Forum in Griffith with the guest speaker being Colin Mues, Executive Director- Environmental Management from the Murray Darling Basin Authority. The turnout of approximately 20 farmers was surprisingly low, even allowing for those busy with grape harvest or finishing off watering their.
Extended Winter Shutdown We have commenced modernisation works throughout the south-western part of our network as part of our shift to automation. Some works will be done throughout the current irrigation season. This includes Bilbul and smaller structures in Widgelli, Wah Wah, Tabita and Benerembah, as well as provisions to pump-around structures to enable construction.
Burrumbuttock Hay Runners make hay deliveries direct to Cunnamulla farmers
February 21, 2018
WHILE it may not have been the longest or most anticipated hay run from the Burrumbuttock crew, this year’s trip to Cunnamulla on the Australia Day long weekend was undoubtedly their most influential. More than 100 trucks travelled from Darlington Point on Friday morning to the drought stricken south west town to deliver hay to farmers.
Murray-Darling Basin Authority River Murray Weekly Report – Wed 14th Feb
February 19, 2018
A weak cold front provided cooler temperatures to areas of South Australia, Victoria and southern New South Wales during the past week, with light falls along the Victorian and southern New South Wales ranges. Rainfall totals throughout the remainder of the Murray-Darling Basin were mostly negligible this week (Map 1) and no significant rainfall is.
The prime objective of the last irrigation is to ensure that boll maturity is completed. At this time of year, it will take about 45-55 days from last effective flower (cut-out) to maturity, longer in shorter season areas. Given reduced daily water use late in growth and a full profile, the crop should be able.
15th Feb 2018- Allocation announcements & Victoria Water Determinations for 2018/2019 season
February 15, 2018
Murrumbidgee General Security allocation has increased 1% mostly due to delivery losses being lower than expected over summer. Read the full allocation announcement here The NSW Murray has received no further allocation, remaining on 49%. Read the full allocation announcement here Victoria Seasonal Determinations for 2017/2018 season The Resource Manager for northern Victoria.
Local Coleambally farmer riding to raise funds for cancer
February 14, 2018
Local farmer Graham O’Connell is riding from Adelaide to Coleambally to raise funds for another local Coleambally farmer Bernie Star who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Click here to read the article & see how you can make a donation
Murrumbidgee Valley The general security allocation in Murrumbidgee regulated river water source remains unchanged at 33 per cent of entitlement. Conditions were hot and mostly dry throughout the valley resulting in no improvement in resource availability. Click here to read the allocation announcement. NSW Murray There is no increase in NSW Murray regulated river.
Murrumbidgee Irrigation have commenced modernisation works throughout the south-western part of their network as part of their shift to automation. While some works are being done throughout the current irrigation season, to complete the major works there will be an extended 2018 winter shutdown period for this part of the network. Areas impacted include the.
Here are this week’s agri bits and pieces: 1. Quote of the week 2. Superfood fix for cows 3. Country of Origin: Australia. Cocoa of the future? 4. Chart of the week 5. Joke of the week Click here to read the newsletter
CRISPR has done for gene editing what the ‘cut and paste’ function did for word processing
January 25, 2018
Australia’s gene technology regulator is set to review how new genetic engineering techniques are regulated Experts say the proposed changes will help to dramatically speed up health and agriculture research. Head of the Office of Gene Technology Regulator, Raj Bhula, has proposed reducing regulations around gene editing techniques such as CRISPR,following a twelve month technical review into the.
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder has sold 6.7 gigalitres of Commonwealth environmental water allocations for a return of $2.878 million that will be used to improve the environment of the Murray Darling Basin. The 6.7 gigalitres was bought by Gwydir irrigators wanting to secure water for crops. The acting Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, Mr Mark Taylor,.
Blue Sky Alternative Investments has entered into an agreement with one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, which oversees about $140 billion in assets. Click here to read the full article.
Murrumbidgee General security allocation remains unchanged at 33 per cent of entitlement. As we move through summer, high priority commitments are assessed to ensure they can be met on 1 July 2018, for the 2018-19 water year, before allocating further to general security entitlements in the current water year. Improved resource availability following well above.
H2OX has provided an update on water availability & usage across the Southern Murray- Darling Basin at the middle of December 2017. To see water usage, predicted usage and water availability in each of the regions click here.
Is there still no allocation increase expected before February?
December 1, 2017
With significant heavy rain predicted today and tomorrow, not only in cropping areas but over the catchments, there are many irrigators that may have expected WaterNSW’s allocation forecast to have changed. However, with today’s announcement – which saw no increase in Murrumbidgee accounts, there was no revised outlook. The table at the bottom of this.
Southern region to be Australia’s biggest cotton growing area
October 27, 2017
Southern region poised to become Australia’s biggest cotton growing area this year By Fiona Myers, 27 October 2017. A 56 per cent surge in planting could see the southern crop emerge as the biggest cotton growing area in Australia this season. View full article here
Murrumbidgee IVT Account Status IVT from Murray to Murrumbidgee closed This morning WaterNSW advised that the IVT balance for temporary/allocation transfer or trading between the Murrumbidgee and Murray Valleys was at 1.2GL. Later this afternoon at 4:30pm they updated that the trade from the Murray to Murrumbidgee is now closed. So… what does this mean? The IVT.