04:57 minutes Victorian growers share their experiences with early crop irrigation practices.
Before the development of farm dams and computerised permanent sprinkler systems, early growers hand watered winter crops or were busy moving heavy hoses and pipes by hand every 2-3 hours..
To conserve expensive town water, much of this work was done at night with growers shifting hoses and surviving with little sleep … unless it rained.
Permanent sprinkler systems were introduced from WA by Harry Goodrich and Les Allen in the 1960’s with Russell Lamattina leading the way with computerised irrigation control systems in the 1980’s.
Interviews with Rob Allen, Angelo Taranto, Luis Gazzola, Geoff Corrigan and Peter Schreurs.