Workshop spouts irrigation advancements for farmers

The North Okanagan Regional District will be hosting a workshop for Greater Vernon farmers on the latest online technology to make irrigation planning easier.

NORD is working with the Ministry of Agriculture to present an irrigation workshop June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“All agricultural customers are invited to learn about some of the latest advances in irrigation management,” said Jennifer Miles, water sustainability co-ordinator.

‘Both new and experienced agricultural irrigators will benefit from attending this workshop on technology that will help you ensure the right amount of water gets to your crop at the right time, maximizing productivity.”

The workshop will include an introduction to two online irrigation management tools: the Okanagan irrigation management program (www.okim.ca) and the agricultural irrigation scheduling Calculator.

“These tools take advantage of real-time climate data, along with detailed information on local soils and crop types, to help take the guesswork out of irrigation scheduling,” said Miles.

“Participants will also see demonstrations of field devices that aid in understanding soil moisture levels – information critical to knowing the right amount of water a crop needs.

There is no cost to attend this workshop.

A maximum of 30 participants will be accepted for the June 8 workshop, but more workshops may be scheduled if there is demand.

Pre-registration is required by June 3 by phone at 250-550-3700, e-mail to jennifer.miles@rdno.ca or in person at the NORD office.