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Coleambally Farm 154 is owned and managed by Fred and Gayle Hibbert and their son Fred. The farm is located 7km south of Coleambally on Bull Road and is supplied with water though the Coleambally Irrigation open channel system.

Farming Enterprise

The Hibbert property is a mixed cropping business growing winter cereals and rice. The property covers an area of 249ha, of which all is irrigated. The soil is a clayey loam.

Project Description

The Hibbert project involved the decommissioning of 182ha of existing flood irrigation layout and the installation of one lateral move irrigator, including lateral channel and re-use storage.

The project also included erection of new fence lines, a new pump shed and re- grading of the soil surface to accommodate lateral travelling irrigation delivery. This project was completed in June 2013.

Last winter was the Hibbert’s first with the lateral in place. Fred and Gayle report some teething problems with the pump with the result that they really only had the gear working property about half way through the season. They planted a barley crop under the spray and were satisfied with the result (for a first try with the new equipment).

This year they have planted canola under the whole of the lateral area and were able to plant at the ideal time, while the weather conditions were warm. They have given the crop three irrigations to maintain the soil moisture profile and are in the process of filling the storage dam to supply irrigation water over the winter.

With the general seasonal conditions becoming drier the Hibbert’s see themselves as being in an ideal position to deliver a high yielding crop with warmer conditions and less irrigation water.

Fred Hibbert feels that the spray has given them much greater flexibility and assurance when growing crops with specific needs such as canola.

The OFIEP project is based on projected water savings of 3 ML/ha per annum.

Report Card

  • Increased crop yield

  • Increased flexibility in crop selection.

  • Projected Water Savings of 3ML/ha.

  • Improved certainty with climate variation