The Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre in Outlook, Sask., is bursting its banks as it runs out of land for research. |  File photo

Land shortage hinders irrigation research

Demand for trial research on variable rate applications, rotations and variety research is growing but the land available is not

OUTLOOK, Sask. — There is nothing like success to create problems. Irrigation agriculture research in Saskatchewan is alive and well, so much so that a shortage of a critical element has caused its primary research group to turn down opportunities, along with the associated funding. The Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre in Outlook, Sask., couldn’t take […] Read more

The yield difference between the irrigated and non-irrigated sections of this field was more than 150 bushels.  |  Jeffrey Carter photo

Subsurface drip irrigation pays for Ont. farmer

Corn grower with sandy soil details the costs and yield benefits behind the 67-acre installation project

DELHI, Ont. — Corn grown in this southeastern Ontario region, on what’s known as the Norfolk sand plain, is a virtually writeoff — except where a handful of farmers installed subsurface drip irrigation systems. It was difference between disaster and success for Todd Boughner, manager of Judge Farms, and Jeff Lipcsik. The two spoke about […] Read more

Zebra mussels can plug irrigation networks by gluing themselves to infrastructure. Manitoba conducted 2,819 water craft inspections by the end of October and 136 boats were decontaminated.  |  File photo

Manitoba anxious to control mussels

Lack of staff, funding | Potash was used to control zebra mussels in Lake Winnipeg, but they are still spreading

Manitoba worked hard for years to keep zebra mussels out of Lake Winnipeg, but it appears the Russian invaders are here to stay following an infestation that was discovered last year. “For Lake Winnipeg, right now, it looks like adaptation,” said biologist Laureen Janusz with Manitoba Conservation. An intensive campaign to inject liquid potash around […] Read more

Saskatchewan could irrigate another 500,000 acres out of Lake Diefenbaker, but the government is hesitant to commit to the billions the project would cost.  |  File photo

Expand irrigation to boost economy: official

Employment benefits | ‘Irrigation development should be a no-brainer,’ says the province’s irrigation association chair

Saskatchewan’s recently released irrigation strategy is a good short-term document, says the chair of the Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association. However, Roger Pederson said it is missing provisions for the major infrastructure projects that will really advance the industry. He said the strategy indicates the government will continue to develop irrigation but it emphasizes infill in […] Read more

Al Kominek buries drip tape at his farm outside Dresden, Ont. He expects it will remain serviceable for 15 years or longer. | Jeffrey Carter photo

Ontario farmers test subsurface drip irrigation

Buried beneath the soil | Systems are already used in arid regions of the United States

DRESDEN, Ont. — Subsurface drip irrigation is catching on in Ontario. Al Kominek, a farmer and sales representative with Heartnut Grove Inc., said several systems have been installed on former tobacco farms in the province’s drought-prone Norfolk Sand Plain. “I’m the only one putting one in west of London, that I know of,” Kominek said, […] Read more