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Webinar: Who needs irrigation in the Northeast?

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 2:00

Tuesday, September 25, 2018. 2:00PM. Webinar: Who needs irrigation in the Northeast? Rachel E. Schattman, USDA Forest Service, and Joshua W. Faulkner, University of Vermont. Sponsored by USDA Northeast Climate Hub. More information here.


Historically, annual precipitation has been sufficient to meet vegetable crop water needs in the Northeastern United States throughout the growing season. For growers who do irrigate, there has been little concern about having sufficient ground or surface water for field or hoop house crops. In recent years, however, precipitation patterns in the Northeast have changed and climate models forecast that they will continue to do so. These changes translate into challenges for Northeast specialty crop growers that are distinct from those faced by growers in other regions. Specifically, specialty crop producers in this region must be prepared to deal with too much water and too little water, sometimes in the same growing season. This webinar will summarize recent and ongoing research conducted by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Vegetable and Berry Program, the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association.

 

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