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Location

Hartwood Station is located 20km east of Conargo on the Jerilderie Road.

Hartwood Station is owned and managed by Maribrynong Investments Pty Ltd. Matt Truccolo is the project proponent and the property is managed by Trevor Clarke.

The property covers an area of 6,768ha in total, of which 3,200ha is normally irrigated. Irrigation supply is pumped directly from the Yanco Creek, which forms part of the Murrumbidgee Regulated River system.

Farm Enterprise

Hartwood Station encompasses a range of soil types from heavy clays to loams, and is run as a mixed cropping and livestock enterprise, including winter cereals and summer crops and cattle for beef production. The property also has significant areas of remnant vegetation that are protected by covenant and managed for conservation outcomes.

Project Description

The project involved the decommissioning of 500ha of existing flood irrigation layouts and the installation of one lateral move irrigator, associated lateral channel and pump. The project also involved the erection of new fencing and roadways and preparation of the soil surface for cropping.

It was estimated that the project would generate in the order of 2 ML/ha of water savings, and 550ML of Murray general security water entitlement has been transferred to the Commonwealth Government in return for project funding.

The area under the lateral was successfully sown to Canola in the winter of 2013, with yields generated in excess of expectations.

The spray irrigation system allowed the early germination of the canola crop in what was a very dry autumn and also helped finish it off when spring became quite dry. The area under the spray has been fallowed over summer and the proponents are now sowing the area to canola and barley for the 2014 season.

The improved flexibility of cropping will allow a rotation of up to three crops in each two years with a much higher degree of certainty and confidence – given the fluctuations in seasonal conditions being experienced.

Report Card

  • Increased crop yields and greater flexibility in crop selection.

  • Water Savings of at least 2ML/ha.

  • Lower labour requirements

  • Improved quality of life from time freed up from watering duties