Irrigation and evaporation – the latest in best practice and agri-tech
November 7 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
There have been several times over recent years where the gap between demand for water and the capacity to supply has become worryingly narrow. In July 2019 the AHDB Water Resources Management Scientist, Nicola Dunn, said: “Following last year’s drought and a dry winter, we’ve been monitoring the water resource situation closely this season.
“Earlier in the year we warned that irrigation may be interrupted later in the season. While there has been some rainfall, water resources are still challenged particularly in the east and south east of the country.
“In affected areas, the Environment Agency will contact farmers and growers who irrigate crops to update them on any formal ‘Section 57’ (S57) restrictions. These are rarely used and this year will cover direct spray irrigation from surface watercourses only. Restrictions apply to certain catchments only, and should not come as a surprise to affected growers in East Anglia.”
Against this background, this Agri-Tech Week event, hosted by AHDB, is looking at effective use of irrigation and best practice for soil and water management for farmers and growers in East Anglia.
This interactive workshop aims to:
- Enhance best practice and use of irrigation in East Anglia.
- Encourage debate and discussion about efficient water use and ways of improvement for businesses.
- Showcase the latest tools and technology in agri-tech in this area.
- Discuss soil and water management in its wider context
09.00 Registration and coffee
09.15 Welcome and introductions – David Wilson, AHDB and Agri-Tech East
09.20 The importance of irrigation: a growers perspective
09.40 The principles of irrigation
10.45 Irrigation in practice at SPot Farm North – Will Gagg, Farm Manager, RJ and AE Godfrey
11.15 Irrigation set-up in practice – Group discussion
11.45 Irrigation and environmental considerations – Ed Bramham-Jones, Norfolk Rivers Trust
Close – David Wilson, AHDB
More information is available from Teresa. Meadows(at)ahdb.org.uk