Update – May 17, 2021 ON Hoppenings Lunch & Learn – Guest Speaker Rebecca Shortt (Irrigation)

A recording of the May 17, 2021 ONHoppening webinar, featuring Rebecca Shorrt, OMAFRA Water Quantity Engineer, speaking on “Intro to Hop Irrigation” and Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA Horticulture IPM Specialist speaking on “General Hop IPM Scouting” , is now available by clicking on the link below.

Overview: Join OMAFRA specialists Evan Elford and Melanie Filotas for bi-monthly online Zoom discussions about Ontario hops. The noon-hour discussions with Evan, Melanie and guest speakers provide insight into seasonal and new/exciting areas of hop production, pest management and marketing. Bring your questions and discussion points.

This month our guest speaker is Rebecca Shortt, the Irrigation/Water Quantity Engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  Her role with the Ministry involves helping Ontario producers improve their production by providing irrigation and water management expertise to the province. Background: Rebecca is the co-author of many OMAFRA irrigation publications including the Irrigation Best Management Practices book. Most recently, Rebecca has developed demonstrations on water efficiency and soil moisture monitoring. Her specialty includes water permitting and drip irrigation. Rebecca holds a M.Sc. and B.Sc. from McGill University in Agricultural Engineering and has been active in water and irrigation associations across Canada and the U.S.

Rebecca will be discussing a brief introduction to:

  • How to develop your irrigation schedule (how long to run daily irrigation)
  • How to measure if the irrigation schedule is working (using soil moisture instruments)
  • How to measure if the irrigation system is operating effectively

Additional irrigation reference materials include Rebecca’s videos, which can be found on at: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/irrigation.htm and all OMAFRA irrigation resources can be found at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/irrigation.htm

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