Use mulches to reduce water use with on-farm research

This fillable template introduces the value using mulches to reduce water use and adapt to hotter and drier conditions and walks through the steps to carry out a research trial.

It provides tips on:

  • Deciding what to test
  • Finding the best location for test plots
  • Laying out test plots
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Interpreting results

The template includes a case study of producers who tested the effect of hay mulch on drip-irrigated cherry trees, with the goals of improving soil moisture and reducing water loss.

This resource is part of a series of Grab & Go research templates: see also testing new crops and improving soil health. They were developed to support farmers in Kootenay & Boundary but can be applied across BC. A webinar shares more information about the project.

For more details about conducting research trials, view the guide to on-farm demonstration research.

In a ‘How to design your own on-farm research’ workshop, Dr. Catherine Tarasoff walked producers through potential research ideas and shared templates to help guide the work:


Template (fillable) - Using Mulches to Reduce Water Use - 2021

3 MB, pdf