Irrigation
Growers now have a new option to access and manage their irrigation system from anywhere at any time. Reinke introduces RC10, a remote monitoring device providing advanced control options for improved irrigation management and better overall water management.“When we talk with growers about their irrigation system needs, saving time and…
Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and parched plants, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.Continuously monitoring plant "water stress" is particularly critical in arid regions…
If you leave your pivot exposed all through the winter, you’re going to be working on it a lot longer in the spring,” says Jeff Ewen, an irrigation agrologist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in Outlook, Sask. To help producers prevent damage from winter’s storms and bone-chilling temperatures, Ewen…
Apr. 21, 2016 - Deciding on the correct water application solution is vital to your center pivot's performance. Here are three questions you need to ask yourself before picking out a sprinkler package with your dealer. 1. What is your soil type and texture? Proper sprinkler design and selection helps…
  Every 15 minutes, 685 kilometres out in space, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite known as SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) records the earth’s soil moisture and temperature. NASA then uses that data to produce the most accurate maps of global soil moisture, temperature and freeze-thaw states…
Mar. 21, 2016 - Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) undertakes a number of research projects to ensure the quality and safety of land, air, and water for our food producers. Although long-term monitoring shows the overall quality of Alberta's irrigation water is good or excellent, a study is currently underway…
Mar. 15, 2016 - Grasslands in North America could well be more productive in future climate scenarios, a new research study shows. Researchers from the United States and Canada, including University of Lethbridge biologist Dr. Larry Flanagan, used a new modelling method to predict how native grasslands could respond to…
Mar. 8, 2016 - With flooding across the province in recent years, there is a lot of discussion at provincial, municipal and federal levels on how to manage the flow of water to minimize the destruction of land and infrastructure during high water events. As a landowner, there's a role…
Dense, compacted subsoil layers can have serious crop yield impacts. They can impair root penetration, limiting root access to water and nutrients, and they can decrease water infiltration and increase the risk of ponding, runoff and erosion. One way to try to improve soil with a compacted layer is to…
Jan. 4, 2016 - A recent study of plant genetics indicates that alfalfa, a forage crop used primarily for livestock, could be made more drought-resistant, which would reduce costs for producers and benefit the environment. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research scientist Dr. Abdelali Hannoufa, who specializes in functional genomics…
Sept. 1, 2015 - Today, Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency Herb Cox announced new drainage regulations in Saskatchewan. The new regulations are the first phase of an agricultural water management strategy that recognizes the benefits of drainage and the importance of mitigating negative impacts. "We recognize drainage is…
July 27, 2015 - Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation's Hydrologic Forecast Centre advises that significant rainfall is forecast for parts of southwestern Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the next three to four days. As much as 100 millimetres of rain could fall, starting later today. Various weather forecasts indicate variable amounts and…
By Rup Chakravorty In the United States, federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food grow on arable land? Recent research shows farmers can successfully, and sustainably, grow both. Russ Gesch, a plant physiologist with the USDA Soil Conservation…
May 19, 2015 - Cold temperatures, combined with excessive rainfall in some areas and even snowfall, has created conditions not ideal for the germination and emergence of corn planted recently in Manitoba. Research has shown that temperatures at or below 10 C are most damaging to the germination and emergence…
Optimum corn seed germination occurs when soil temperatures reach 10 C. Cooler temperatures alone are not likely to impose a stress on the seedling, but can delay its emergence. Wet conditions added to cold temperatures following planting will favour development and activity of some soil pathogens that can produce disease…
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