Case Study - Managing water ‘critical’ to future of nursery industry

Queensland nursery manager Kieran Studders had two simple goals when he first installed the irrigation system on the four-hectare Big Leaf Wholesale Nurseries site at North Arm, near Eumundi – to save time and water.

Three years on and in the second stage of the Queensland government-funded Rural Water Use Efficiency Irrigation Futures initiative, Kieran has achieved a 60 per cent improvement in water use efficiency (WUE).

Mr Studders said managing water well is critical to the future of the nursery industry.
“Without water we’re nothing, and while it takes a lot of work to maximise WUE, the benefits far outweigh the negatives,” he said.