In 2017, the WA State Government helped support SWAN Systems' development by awarding us with a grant under the Premier’s Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program. See what our founders had to say about their experience with the program.
The Piara Waters complex is a challenging site to manage, however significant potential water savings were able to be identified. We found there was potential to save over 20% in water which led to an estimated 40% reduction in drainage of irrigation water beyond the rootzone. Having data collated from different sources (flow meters, soil moisture probes, satellite imagery, climatic data, and forecast and actual weather) available in one place for analysis and translation into actionable information were identified as key benefits.
Without proper scheduling tools, irrigators – erring on the side of caution – typically overestimate water requirements by 20%. Lightning Park comes with specific turf management considerations, which make optimisation of irrigation applications even more challenging. SWAN Systems was used for retrospective analysis of the previous year's irrigation. In total, it was discovered that watering was 10% over budget for the 2017/18 irrigation season. SWAN Systems is now helping to facilitate improved management of soil moisture, turf condition and water allocation.
SWAN Systems was used to review leaching estimates and soil moisture status and identified that significant water and nutrient savings were possible. It was found water applications could be reduced by 30%, with a concomitant reduction in energy use.