Water and irrigation
Willowbrook Nurseries in Vineland, Ontario is performing a water balance case study of its outdoor ornamental nursery. The study will determine how much water is recaptured in the system and also the quality of the water flowing back into the recycling pond. This project is one of 17 water conservation and efficiency projects in Ontario agriculture supported by farm & Food Care.
It has been a winding and sometimes tortuous path but with recent progress there is reason for optimism as things appear to be heading in the right direction.
This time last year, I left you with some homework to do on the issue of water. So, how’d you get on? Arghh.
Last summer’s debut of a robotic watering system at a farm show in Canada attracted considerable attention – and praise – from growers viewing the prototype.
Greenhouse Canada features often focus on the importance of accurately monitoring water quality
Farming in the urban shadow means extra vigilance is needed when it comes to using and reusing local water to grow crops.
July is a good time to view and review the problems that happened during the bedding plants season.
Soilless media horticulture relies extensively on naturally occurring materials
Over the last couple of seasons, ‘Inside View’ has offered some ideas as to how to conserve water or reduce waste. This year, we’re offering a few more suggestions to help with this increasingly challenging issue.
The term “Dose Size Factor” (DSF) offers growers a tool to optimize the watering frequency and irrigation size for cultivation on stonewool. A recently completed multi-year study at the Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, concluded that a dose size factor of 25 is optimum to guarantee maximum rooting and a homogeneous water distribution and EC.
Sustainability is a growing issue with consumers, and the work by a Canadian researcher offers an ideal solution of having a major waste treatment problem turned into an effective plant growth resource.
When it comes to wastewater treatment, Mother Nature clearly knows best. That’s what a growing number of farmers, rural businesses and cottage owners are discovering; they’re installing constructed wetlands to efficiently and cost-effectively handle wastewater.
Typically, we are now in an age when we are desperately trying to conserve water. In California, for example, nursery growers are limited in the number of days per month they can irrigate crops.
April 28, 2010, Manitowoc, WI – Dramm Corporation has posted its White Paper: Selecting the Right Sprayer to its website.
Each August, Greenhouse Canada usually has water/irrigation as its theme, and my column looked at this a couple of years ago with respect to practical things that growers can do to reduce water consumption (drip irrigation, blending, pot covers for example).
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