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Energy Savers
Burdekin

Burdekin Sugar Cane

Proposed
30-46
Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Sugar cane
Location
Burdekin
Irrigation
Flood and drip micro irrigation
Pumps
Centrifugal, submersible, turbine
Solution
Variable speed control

Farm profile

The farm is situated adjacent to the Burdekin River and receives average annual rainfall of approximately 940mm. The farm cultivates sugar cane, irrigated mainly by low pressure flooded furrow irrigation. For improved irrigation efficiency and reduced water-logged soils at flood outlets, the farm owner has been trialling trickle irrigation technologies, with success, and closely monitoring the results. A barrier to the wider application of trickle irrigation has been the cost of energy per hectare to implement.

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Farmer feedback
The range in savings has allowed the farmer to prioritise the recommendations based on the best payback period together with the associated capital outlay required. The farmer is keen to implement the recommended irrigation energy saving solutions, subject to start of the wet season providing relief from irrigation commitments. At time of writing, rainfall had not been sufficient to allow a shutdown of pumps to complete upgrade works.