Considerations needed before producers go ahead with drainage
January 20, 2017 By Shannon VanRaes for Manitoba Co-operator
Tile drainage installation is on the upswing in Manitoba, but producers need to take a hard look at their operations and evaluate beneficial management practices before making the plunge.
“Addressing excess moisture is definitely a worthy pursuit,” Mitchell Timmerman told producers gathered for St. Jean Baptist Farm Days last week. “In this province, we know that excess moisture is one of agriculture’s major limitations.”
According to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation data, 54 per cent of all crop losses between 2005 and 2014 were the result of excess moisture.
But not every year is a year of excess moisture and not every area that experiences excess moisture one year will see it the next, adds Timmerman, an agri-ecosystem specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. | READ MORE
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