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Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Field Crops Tour

From, this is targetted at field crop producers, but may be of interest to vegetable producers interested in subsurface drip irrigation.

Drought stressed cornWednesday, September 7th, 2016 Simcoe/Delhi Area

Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) for Row Crop Production (Corn and Soybeans) Tour

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After one of the driest growing seasons on record, are you wondering what options there are to manage through anticipated future droughts? Water is the most limiting input into crop productivity and, as a result, impacts the use efficiency of all your other crop inputs. Join other interested farmers and advisors on a tour of Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) installations for grain crop production. Tour three installations that show the potential of these systems to mitigate the impacts of dry weather on crop production! What are the opportunities and obstacles that SDI systems might offer Ontario grain farmers, regardless of their soil types? Come and explore with us and have an opportunity to see installations and speak with farmers and who have made this investment, and advisors who have answers to common questions: Is it paying off? How difficult is it to manage? How big is the installation job? Where can I find resources and people who can advise me? If you have any of these questions, join the tour on September 7.

Arrive 1pm at Judge Farms, 97 Windham Road 9, La Salette (42.892686, – 80.499290), for the first part of the tour to view a row crop installation. At approximately 2:30, you will travel on your own to Vanden Bussche Irrigation in Delhi (about 20 min away), for more info and to view technical equipment.  About 4pm, we will board buses to travel to the final stop in the tour to view another farm installation and discuss farmer ingenuity approaches to SDI.  The bus will return you to your vehicle at Vanden Bussche Irrigation by 4:45pm.

While there is no charge for this tour, based on logistical constraints, space is limited. Please preregister at:

For further information please contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 877-424-1300.

1.15pm Field Installation for Row Crops installed Fall 2012
Todd Boughner, Judge Farms
Peter White, UG Simcoe Research Station
Judge Farms
#97 Windham Road 9,
La Salette, ON
42.892686,  -80.499290


·        How SDI works (what’s underground)
·        Irrigation Options in Grain Crops
·        Q&A with Crop Farmers who have SDI Installations
·        Fertigation Potential
·        “Water Taking 101” for Grain Farmers
·        How Much water does a corn crop need?
Ray MacKenzie, Vanden Bussche Irrigation
Peter White, UG Simcoe Research Station
Rebecca Shortt, OMAFRA Irrigation Specialist
Vanden Bussche Irrigation
#3152 Hwy #3,
West of Simcoe, ON
42.832647, -80.382601
(Board bus for Judge Farms Home Farm- Different location from #97 Windham Rd. 9 farm)
4.00pm SDI on the Cheap: Every other row for seasonal installation. Other lower cost farmer ingenuity approachesTodd Boughner, Judge Farms Judge Farms Home FarmDifference location from #97 Windham Rd 9 farm

(access 10 min bus ride)

4.45pm Return by bus to Vanden Bussche & Safe Travel Home

 Brought to you by Judge Farms, Vanden Bussche Irrigation, UG Simcoe Research Station, OMAFRA, OSCIA, Golden Horseshoe Soil and Crop and FarmSmart.

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