From a news release
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is getting more than $340,000 for the development of a tool that farmers can use to make more precise decisions on the economic benefits of their individual farms. The tool will use satellite data of field crops during different weather and soil events and demonstrate the potential benefits of managing water flow from fields using tile drainage.
“On farm fields with shallow slopes, scientists have confirmed that in a drought year, holding the water back by restricting the outflow with valves at the end of tile drains, corn yield can be increased by as much as 25%,” said Mark Emiry, President of OSCIA. “Our analysis has confirmed that the economic payback from adoption of controlled tile drainage benefits can range from $18-$48 per hectare per year. In addition, Nitrate-N and Phosphorus output from tiles can also be reduced, calculated to be worth over $25 per ha in nutrient savings, certainly a win for improved water quality as well.”
Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos, speaking on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, announced the funding at the OSCIA’s annual general meeting on Feb. 14.
“Our government is proud to partner with OSCIA on new tools that will help farmers in Ontario reduce the impact of weather and other risks on agriculture production,” said Fragiskatos.
The investment was provided through the AgriRisk Initiatives program under Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial, territorial initiative.