Best practices for on-farm management of runoff, drainage and erosion

These resources summarize the current state of knowledge and practices for managing runoff, drainage and erosion in the Peace.

They include the results of consultation with local producers. They also identify relevant management practices not currently in use in the region and their potential application. Finally, they provide recommendations for next steps.

The first fact sheet outlines and describes the value of erosion risk mapping. It sheet also includes a brief discussion of the cost of erosion. Factors for assessing erosion risk include:

  • Local rainfall and runoff in a changing climate
  • Soil erodibility / susceptibility
  • Landscape factors, such as length and gradient of slopes
  • Crop and vegetation management
  • Support practices (to manage erosion)

The second fact sheet discusses equipment and tools for effectively managing or conserving soil water and residue. It outlines:

  • Differences and similarities between high speed tillage, vertical tillage, deep tillage and zero tillage
  • Which equipment and tools are best suited to addressing surface compaction
  • Which equipment and tools best address sub-surface compaction
  • What equipment is best for minimizing runoff, erosion and soil loss

The final fact sheet uses a case study watershed, the Saskatoon Creek Watershed, to demonstrate a landscape and processes approach to understanding erosion. It highlights how identifying and understanding the location of erosion within a watershed can help focus appropriate management practices for a particular site.

Downloads

Executive Summary - Runoff, Drainage and Erosion Project - 2020

2 MB, pdf

Project Report - Best Practices for On-Farm Management of Runoff, Drainage and Erosion - 2020

2 MB, pdf

Fact Sheet - Erosion Risk Mapping - 2020

4 MB, pdf

Fact Sheet - Soil, Water and Residue Management Tools - 2020

7 MB, pdf

Fact Sheet – Soil, Water and Residue Management Tools – 2020

4 MB, pdf

Links

Best Practices for On-Farm Management of Runoff, Drainage and Erosion Webinar – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW83q-tp9tU