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Endguns

 

FieldNet on the go

Marlin Court Project

Location

Marlin Court is located 15km south of Chinchilla, Queensland

Water Source

Sunwater Kenya to Chinchilla Weir pipeline, 900 ML Dam

Enterprises

Wheat, Sorghum, Oats for Sileage, Cotton and Mung Beans

Irrigation System

  • 6 Zimmatic Centre Pivot Irrigators
  • 450L/Sec pumpstation
  • Fully automated system

Area Irrigated

310 Ha

Background

When the Fraser family were given the chance of drought proofing their Marlin Court property 15km south of Chinchilla in 2012, there were some big decisions to be made.  The opportunity to take water from the Sunwater Chinchilla Weir pipeline started Malcolm, Rob and Tim thinkng about becoming "irrigators" and so their journey with i-Water began.

The Project

A 450L/Sec pumpstation consisting of 3 KSB ISO pumps, coupled to 1 Cummins electronic engine and 2 John Deere 6068T2 mechanical engines, all controlled by an adapted VFD controller, provide water to the pivots.  The innovative design of the pumpstation combined with the ability to utilise the pressure from the Sunwater system has kept operating costs to a minimum, crucial in todays climate of ever increasing energy costs.

The 6 Zimmatic Centre Pivots are all equipped with Nelson SR100 endguns to maximise area under irrigation.  A combination of Nelson Spinners and Rotators mounted on truss rod clips and spreader bars, give an application footprint of 22metres thus ensuring that the instantaneous application rate is kept below 70mm/hr to minimise the risk of runoff.

Twin sprinkler packs fitted to the pivots also give the flexibility of applying 7mm per day in winter and 12.5mm per day in summer allowing the Frasers to carry out most of their winter irrigation with minimal pumping costs by utilizing scheme pressure.

Always Progressing!

Recent additions to the management tools in the armoury include FieldNet pump control as well as soil moisture monitoring and a weather station, all of which are accessed from the Frasers mobile phones, allowing key decisions to made anywhere they have internet access.

Results

Two years later and the Frasers have 310 Ha being irrigated by 6 Zimmatic Centre Pivot Irrigators, installed by i-Water.  The fully automated system allows full control and monitoring of all aspects of their irrigation via FieldNet allowing the Frasers to pursue their other business interests safe in the knowledge that their crops are being irrigated efficiently.

i-Water provided the Frasers with a full turnkey project that was installed and commissioned on time and have helped the family throughout their journey into irrigated cropping.

Customer Comments

Mr Rob Fraser shares "2012 was a significant year for us.  i-Water came to us with a plan for the future, with state of the art technology and unrivalled backup.  It's pretty easy to be sold the equipment however the after sale service and 24/7 backup is hard to find.  i-Water has done both to an exemplary level, and I would have no hesitation in recommending them for a turn key, fully automated irrigation system or even a single electric house pump!"

Key Facts

  • 310 Ha Irrigated
  • 450L/Sec Pump Capacity
  • 12.5mm/day
  • 6 Zimmatic Centre Pivots
  • 6km uPVC Mainline
  • Fully Automated utilising FieldNet Telemetry
  • Custom designed by i-Water

 

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