Events Research Water Management

Irrigation Plot Tour – Leamington

11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, 04 August 2010

At the Farm of Wayne Palichuk, 1019 Mersea Rd. 5, Leamington, Ontario

Please pre-register by calling OMAFRA – Ridgetown at (519) 674-1690.

A three-year project entitled “Increasing water use efficiency and improved nutrient management for processing tomatoes” is underway at Palichuk Farm, Leamington, Ontario. The project is being managed by McGill University’s Brace Centre for Water Resources Management in collaboration with Palichuk Farm, OMAFRA, Hortau, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Funding for this 3-year project was received through the Environmental Sustainability component of OMAFRA’s 2008 New Directions Research Program.

Join the research team and Wayne as they share the results from the first years of the project. Tour the plots, see equipment demonstrations and discuss current findings over a barbeque lunch. The tour will demonstrate two wireless soil moisture sensor technologies and address key irrigation management questions.

  • Factors that go into making irrigation scheduling decisions
  • Use of wireless communications and the internet in real-time irrigation scheduling
  • How does one determine a field’s optimum soil moisture threshold for initiating and terminating irrigation?
  • What is the water conservation potential in the agricultural sector, while maintaining optimum yields?

What are the economic benefits and potential cost savings from the adoption of such technologies?

To confirm your attendance, please call the Ridgetown OMAFRA Resource Center at (519) 674-1690.  For further information, please contact Apurva Gollamudi, (, Brace Centre for Water Resources Management, McGill University.

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