National Ag Day Field Trip

National Ag Day

National Ag Day is a chance to celebrate the career opportunities the Agriculture Industry has on offer. From cotton farming in the Riverina to mustering cattle in the Top End or developing the next Agri Tech device that is going to change the game for the Agriculture industry. There is a career pathway for everyone.

We wanted to celebrate our teams contribution to the industry. Help bridge the gap between what our manufacturing team do, to where the product they are making ends up and how it is helping everyday Aussie Farmers.

So off we ventured to local dairy farmer Greg Brooks property in Strathmerton, Victoria. Greg took us on a farm tour of his property.

The team were able to ask lots of questions and dive deep into how our products work on farm.

Team on farm visit for Nat Ag Day
Team on farm visit for Nat Ag Day


Now Greg’s a pretty typical Aussie bloke, with a pretty good sense of humor to boot. He shared stories of being able to head to the footy on the weekend. His automation continued to work for him, even without him being there.

Simply set and forget!

Greg gets to enjoy a beer or two at the footy, and is still being productive back at the farm. With added reassurance from a text message or app notification to set his mind at ease that all is going to plan.


Greg Brooks, Dairy Farmer Strathmerton
Greg Brooks, Dairy Farmer Strathmerton


We were lucky enough to have founder John Padman join us for the day. John talked about the history of irrigation. Providing the team with an entertaining recount of where the company and the irrigation industry started. Along with the trials and tribulations that have got us to today’s automated irrigation technologies.


John Padman - Padman Stops Founder
John Padman – Padman Stops Founder


All up the team had a fantastic day learning from Greg. We can’t thank the Brooks family enough for having us on farm for the day and imparting their knowledge and experiences.


Our Quality Manager Jay enjoying our Field Trip
Our Quality Manager Jay enjoying our Field Trip

Newry Pipeline Field Day

Newry Pipeline Field Day

We invite you to come along and visit us an the Newry Pipeline Field Day. We will have our riser winches and automation options on display so you can come and try them out. It’s a great opportunity to speak to our automation guru’s about automating you pipe and riser irrigation.

When:  POSTPONED! *New date to be advised*

Time: 10am – 2pm

Where: Newry Hall

FREE entry


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You may also be eligible to receive 50% off your Automation through the Digital Agriculture Investment Scheme – Click Here to find out more

To check your eligibility visit Rural Finance



Automation in Aerobic Rice Field Walk

Join us:

…for an Aerobic Rice Field Walk

When: Thursday 4th March 2021

Time: 5pm – 6:30pm for rice field walk with BBQ to follow.

Where: 350 Low Road, Bilbul, NSW 2680

Join Deakin University to discuss learnings to date from commercial aerobic rice trial with Padman Automation system.

Bring gumboots to inspect paddock.


Presentations from:

Darrell Fiddler, DeBortoli farm manager

  • growers experience with automation

Matt Champness and John Hornbuckle from CeRRF Deakin University

  • Water savings with automation
  • Is there potential for aerobic rice?
  • Using forecasting to schedule irrigation events
  • Optimal irrigation triggers

Harriet Brickhill from Rice Extension

  • Slow release N
  • Sowing rates

Shawn Padman and Grant Oswald from Padman Stops

  • available to discuss automation on your farm


To register your attendance CLICK HERE


Aerobic Rice Field Walk

What is aerobic rice?

Aerobic rice (non- flooded, well-irrigated) has been proposed to improve water productivity and with the appropriate development of adapted genotypes and management practices, the yield may approach that of flooded production methods.

Aerobic rice is a production system in which especially developed “aerobic rice” varieties are grown in well-drained, non-puddled, and non-saturated soils. With a good management, the system aims for yields of at least 4-6 tons per hectare.



For more info on our rice solutions CLICK HERE


2021 Rice Industry Field Day – RRAPL

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Join the Rice Industry Field Day ebrate latest in Research, Development and Extension at ‘Old Coree’ Farm at Jerilderie.

The Field Day is a collaboration between NSW DPI, Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia, SunRice, AgriFutures and Rice Extension.

So save the date – 2021 Rice Industry Field Day – RRAPL
Wednesday 10th, March
RRAPL, “Old Coree”, Conargo Rd, Jerilderie

But of course keep and eye out for more details to be released in the coming weeks on this page or on the Rice Extension site. 

Read about our irrigation solutions for Rice farming here 



GVIA Irrigation Field Days – Gwydir Valley

Irrigation field day

The GVIA Irrigation field days at Keytah station is held in conjunction with the IREC and Southern NSW irrigator tour to the Gwydir valley region.

If you are a farmer, this is an event you don’t want to miss! These farm tours are a great way to network and learn from other farmers and industry experts. You never know, you may just be able to provide insight and value to other farmers too.

The Smarter Irrigation for Profit Southern NSW irrigation efficiency research team are again bring this event to us. Topics covered over the tour will include automation for the cotton surface irrigation industry. Use of in-field sensors and a growers perspective to design and adoption of autonomous irrigation.

The tour will include a visit to the Sydney University research site at Narrabri, the GVIA field day at Keytah, Moree and Moxey’s Dairy near Forbes.

Grant Oswald our in-house automation guru along with many of the Padman Stops team will be on hand for the field days to answer all your questions. Grant will speak about the automation project we have been working on at Keytah for the last year. Gain insight into the process and innovation outcomes that have come out of this project. Hear first hand from the farmer about their experience rolling out a major farm automation project.

The Details:

When: 9th to 11th Feb, 2021

Where: Griffith to Moree and back with the field days at Keytah station, Moree NSW

Farm Tour Price: $50

Click here to book


GVIA Irrigation field days


About Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase II

The Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 1 project enabled the completion of valuable research. In areas including irrigation system audits, irrigation scheduling research, investigation of new technology, evaluation of system design and water use efficiency assessments. It demonstrated that improved water productivity hinged on ‘Getting the Basics Right’. It found that irrigators could achieve a 10-20 percent improvement in farm profitability by adopting best practice and precision irrigation technologies. This initial project has now led to phase 2.

SIP2 is a partnership between the irrigation industries of sugar, cotton, grains, dairy and rice, research organisations and farmer groups. The objective of SIP2 is to improve the profit of over 4,000 irrigators. It has 14 sub-projects covering three main components:

Development of new technologies including new sensors, advanced analytics to improve scheduling and strategies to reduce water storage evaporation.
Cost effective, practical automated irrigation systems for cotton, rice, sugar and dairy.
Closing the productivity yield gap for cotton, rice, dairy, sugar and grains irrigators through a network of 46 farmer led optimised sites and key learning sites located on commercial farms across Australia.


Check out other upcoming events – Click here

IREC Field Days

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IREC Field Days Thursday 21st January 2021 from 7:30am ( Padman Stops will shout you breakfast)
Receive and update on the trials being held at the IREC Field Station covering and see the following:

  • Rice grown under Delayed Permanent Water with 30, 45 and 60 day inundation
  • Cotton Planted into green manure crop
  • Mung beans following 5 t/ha barley on 1m hills and automated PTB

The IREC Field Days will also be having several speakers – see below for topics.
We will be speaking about our automation – read more about our portable and affordable automation here

RSVP is Essential by Monday 18 January 2021
IREC: 02 6963 0936
Iva: 0402 069 643
Or find out more information here 

Who IREC are;

The Irrigation Research and Extension Committee (IREC) facilitates cross-industry collaboration and cooperation between all those connected with irrigated agriculture in the Murrumbidgee Valley – irrigators, researchers, industry, agencies, and government.

IREC provides a forum where the irrigator, the advisory officer and the research scientist work as a team to both identify and direct relevant and beneficial research and extension, and address issues and policies affecting services for the region’s irrigators.

Through these collaborative efforts, IREC has made significant contributions to improving the irrigation industry’s productivity, profitability and sustainability. Active in the Murrumbidgee Valley since 1939, IREC is backed by a strong and active membership.

IREC values and missions align with us at Padman stops in building and supporting a sustainable future for Australian Farmers. We are proud to work with and support the efforts and research IREC do in the agriculture industry.

To read more about IREC their achievements, vision, mission and goals you can do so here

2021 IREC Field Day Flier 21st January 1

The 2021 Riverina Classic Fishing Competition


The 2021 Riverina Classic Fishing Competition will be the 8th Annual event happening on the 12th, 13th & 14th February 2021 and Padman Stops are delighted on sponsoring this fantastic event again.

The Riverina Classic Catch and Release Fishing Competition is a great 3 days of fishing over a weekend in February each year. As a charity event proceeds are distributed to a chosen charity each year & also used to re-stock the Murrumbidgee River with native fingerlings securing a healthy and sustainable fishing future.

Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 that we are living through, the Riverina Classic will be evolving to cater for these uncertain times. The changes to the event that we will be implementing for the 2021 competition is, that it will be a contactless event, all entrants will register online. We are already a photo competition so entrants will be able to register any legal fish caught as per our regular events in the past. The biggest change to the event will be not gathering for the presentation, alternatively, we will be doing a Facebook live post for the presentation at the conclusion of the event

As a full photo entry competition, anglers have better flexibility on fishing hours & the entry of over-sized cod can be accepted in the competition as the survival rate of catch & release fish is increased by reducing the amount of time the fish spends in captivity. ­

The 2021 Charity chosen is ROC Rural Out Reach Counselling
ROC is a not for profit, community funded mental health counselling support service focusing on sufferers and their families in rural and remote Australia, starting out in the Riverina region of New South Wales.

Some funds each year are used to help re-stock the Murrumbidgee River with native fingerlings securing a healthy and sustainable fishing future.

To find out more about this 3 day competition click here

Poster 2021 with BCF Pic

Cotton Forum

John doing some Cotton Research & Development

What a shame the 2020 Cotton Conference was unable to go ahead

We are excited to let you know that instead of having to wait another 2 years, Cotton Conference will be held on the 3rd to the 5th August 2021 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Here’s a bit of an update of what we’ve been up to this year, think of it as  almost like getting to chat to us at Cotton Conference, but different!


We had some really cool products we wanted to release at Cotton Conference this year!

Specifically for our cotton growing customers we have recently released the F10 Flat Stop.  It’s bigger, wider and the ultimate in functionality. The F10 is customisable to your farm irrigation needs and layout. It comes standard with our NEW PosiDrive system, which is a real game changer for our industry.

The PosiDrive allows farmers to be able to automate multiple doors from the one automation unit, which makes for an incredible cost effective automation solution.

Find out more about the F10 Flat Stop – Click Here

Find out more about the PosiDrive – Click Here


We Opened a new business…. During a pandemic

In July 2020, we officially launched our new Queensland specific business “Padman Water Solutions” in Ayr, Queensland. PWS will mean we can service our Queensland customers more effectively than ever before.

What’s better than Padman Stops?

Padman Stops made in Queensland! Right!?!?

By manufacturing our products for the Queensland market in the heart of the Burdekin region, we are now able to offer much more competitive freight options and produce products that are suited for the unique tropical conditions.

You can pick up products directly from our showroom at Beach Road, Ayr.

To visit the Padman Water Solutions website – Click Here

Padman Water Solutions Now Open

Who we are?

Padman Stops is a manufacturer of precast concrete irrigation gates and irrigation automation for the surface irrigation industry. We’ve been working hard over the past 30 years alongside farmers to solve their most pressing irrigation challenges.

Our products are unique and achieve some of the best water efficiency rates available. Our simple yet high-precision automation systems take advantage of the latest in modern technology and are giving farmers their time back so they can get back to their families sooner.

For us, it’s always been about working alongside Australian farmers to help improve their properties’ efficiency and profitability whilst also allowing farmers a better quality of life.

And we can help you achieve these outcomes as well.

Where we’ve been?

Padman Stops has been “The Farmers’ Friend” for over 30 years, transforming water efficiency for farmers and reducing labour, time and cost with innovative products and technology.
From humble beginnings that began with founder, John Padman, inventing products from his backyard shed – to now with up to 50 staff working from their Strathmerton factory, it’s certainly been a labour of love. The aim is not to just to help farms become more profitable and easier to run, but also to give farmers a better quality of life, with more time off to relax with their family.
Forever innovating, the Padman Group doesn’t just produce and sell products. Instead their dedicated teams design and customise entire specialised surface irrigation solutions for farms right across Australia. We’re here to help you.

Where we’re going?

The team at Padman Stops are always looking for new ways to innovate and create new solutions and products for farmers across Australia. We also have a genuine desire to make our products more accessible to more farmers than ever before, no matter where they might be located.
This desire has led us to develop several new specialist ‘arms’ of the business so we can reach more farms and improve more farming lifestyles. These include Padman Automation, Padman Water Solutions and Quick Culverts.
Padman Water Solutions is particularly exciting as it brings our solutions further north, with a brand-new factory in Queensland to enable us to get products to Queensland farmers far more efficiently.