In the past decade, considerable research has been conducted on the use of soil moisture sensors to control irrigation cycles. The research has proven that sensor-based systems can make accurate irrigation decisions without grower involvement. Recent trials conducted at commercial nurseries in the US have shown that sensor-based systems can reduce water use, nitrogen runoff, disease-related crop losses and crop production times. In 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture initiated a two-year project to demonstrate the use of sensor-based systems to manage irrigation at three nurseries in BC. Attend the irrigation workshop to learn why the project was initiated and get a first look at the preliminary findings.”
11:00 am Presentation on Sensor-based Irrigation Project
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Tour of Sensor Project Installation at Van Belle Nursery Inc.
2:15 pm Groundwater Licensing Session
3:00 pm Wrap up
- July 12, 2017
10:30 am - 3:00 pm