Modelling Smart Irrigated Cropping Systems in Tropical Northern Australia
The Northern Territory (NT) has plenty of arable land with suitable soils and large ranges in climate conditions which create opportunities for growing different types of broadacre crops all year round. These climate conditions create three distinct climate zones such as Tropical (Darwin), Semi-Arid (Katherine) and Arid (Ali Curung). There are ground water resource and surface water resource in the NT to supply the irrigated water. These opportunities can be considered as the advantages in order to develop large irrigated cropping system in the NT by improving increased amount of various crop yields. Consequently, it is important to identify the most suitable crops and sequence as well sowing season in water use is required to establish more intensive cropping system in the NT. The aim of this study is to design viable farming system so that NT farmers can overcome the constraints of the environment to grow sustainable amount of crop yields by implementing the best combination of crop sequence to ensure water efficient broad acre cropping in the NT.