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Irrigation Insight is a five-year joint industry-CRI research and extension programme funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to examine, on working farms, the ease and effectiveness of using improved weather forecasting and drainage estimations to on-farm water management. Led by NIWA, in collaboration with DairyNZ, Fonterra, AgResearch and IrrigationNZ, the programme builds on NIWA’s earlier pilot work in Canterbury.



Enhancing the benefits of New Zealand's natural resources.

Science that supports New Zealand's economic growth, enhances human well-being and safety, and enables good stewardship of the country's natural resources and biodiversity.

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DairyNZ is the industry organisation representing New Zealand’s dairy farmers.

Our purpose is to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming. 

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We're a global dairy nutrition company owned by 10,500 farmers and their families, united by a fundamental belief in the power of dairy to make a difference.

With a can-do attitude and a collaborative spirit, we're a world leading dairy exporter - shaping the industry in quality and innovation. We share the goodness of dairy nutrition with the world through our brands, farming and processing operations across four continents.

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Irrigation New Zealand (INZ)

Irrigation NZ is a national not-for-profit membership organisation for growers and farmers who use irrigation along with the irrigation service sector.

We promote excellence in irrigation and carry out training on irrigation best practice as well as representing the views of our members through advocacy work.  A range of public and member-only irrigation resources are available on our website.

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Driving prosperity by transforming agriculture.

Our capabilities are vast, from seeds to pest control, high value foods and farming systems. Facilitating the smallest rural project to the largest overseas research project. We produce science and technology projects for the benefit of the agricultural sector and New Zealand.

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We’re a dairy farmer owned co-operative which empowers livestock farmers through the delivery of superior genetics and technology.


We provide a range of services and solutions to improve the prosperity and productivity of our farmers. Our cutting-edge SPACE™ (Satellite Pasture and Cover Evaluation) service will assist the programme by providing detailed pasture cover estimates from images taken by satellites to enable more informed decision making around irrigation and overall feed management.


Case studies

Hear from the farmers who are using our resources to aid on-farm irrigation decisions and the impact its having on productivity, profits and the environment.