Precision agriculture is payingdividends on UK farms but is there a role for precision irrigation? Thats thequestion that growers will hope to have answered at a UKIA event being stagedat the Orton Hall Hotel, Peterborough (PE2 7DN) on Thursday 6thMarch.
Precision irrigation is a reality in manydrier countries where water scarcity has stimulated innovative irrigationtechnology development and management practices. Farmers claim it improvescrop quality and productivity and reduces costs of water and energy. But isprecision irrigation appropriate for more humid conditions like in the UK?Could this new approach to irrigation benefit UK growers and support moreenvironmentally sustainable practices that consumers are now demanding?
To register for the event, which runs from 09.15 to 15.50, contact the UKIA on: 01427 717627 or visit: www.ukia.org.
Guest speaker Simon Blackmore Director of National Centre for Precision FarmingHarper Adams University, is a world authority on robotics in agriculture. Precision agriculture what have welearnt and where are we going?
Carolyn Hedley Landcare, NewZealand. Managing soils for precision irrigation
Jim Hess & Andre Daccache Cranfield University. Conventional vs precision irrigation scheduling and engineering challenges
Jim Monaghan – Harper Adams University. Maximising yield and crop quality underprecision irrigation
Adriano Battilani FIGARO a majorEuropean SME initiative on precision irrigation.The economics of precision irrigation a European perspective
Andrew Francis Farm ManagerElveden Estate Norfolk. The practicalities of implementingprecision irrigation for vegetables