How do we make best use of water in conditions of both drought and flooding?
A crisp fall day in 2020 was spent constructing surface ditches in a wetland consolidation project spanning across 40 acres at the Discovery Farm Langham site to commence phase one of the Water Management Project. With an aim to improve water retention and optimize water use efficiency, this project will evaluate various management practices to reclaim productive land and reduce nutrient export into water. What farmers can expect with this management practice is water that stays in the ground, but not on the surface.
Phase two of this study began in spring 2021 using the results from the wetland drainage in phase one to protect water quality and make the best use of nutrients. A control treatment using standard farming practices is in place while evaluations are underway on variable-rate fertilizer application, crop residue management and poly-cropping of annual forages.
This study is a collaborative effort with the following partners: Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Nutrient Ag Solutions, Proven Seed, Crop Pro Consulting, Vaderstad Industries and V-Wing.