Farm & Food Care Ontario, contracted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), undertook a number of water use assessments to help growers better understand how and where they use water. Informational videos, fact sheets, case studies and good news stories were all created to promote the understanding of water stewardship and inspire farmers and processors to embark upon an assessment of their own. Throughout the assessment process, vegetable washers and greenhouse growers are often able to reduce their water use and build smaller treatment systems, saving the producer money.
Processors that have adopted recommendations from their water use assessment have achieved savings between 30-70 per cent. Assessments can be conducted by experienced professionals or plant personnel using the “Self-Assessment” factsheet. Assessments of irrigation systems focus on design efficiency, effective pattern distributions and improved crop quality. By using soil moisture sensors and meters to better manage and monitor systems, growers are better able to apply the right amount of water at the right time to meet crop needs.
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For more information, please contact Farm & Food Care Ontario directly or through your local association:
Farm & Food Care Ontario - Bruce Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org
Holland Marsh Growers Association - Jodie Mott email@example.com
Ontario Greenhouse Growers Association - Justine Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
OMAFRA Water Engineer – Rebecca Shortt email@example.com
Enviro-Stewards – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dugout/Lagoon Volume Calculator – http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app19/calc/volume/dugout.jsp
Design, Construction and Maintenance of Irrigation Reservoirs in Ontario – http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/16-009.htm