Your land speaks through its ground water levels. Understanding irrigation scheduling needs to begin with a discussion on soil and soil water. Coarse soils, such as sands and gravels, have relatively large pores. However the number of pores is small when compared to a finer textured soil. Fine soils, like clays or clay loams, have relatively small pores. Having many small pores means that a fine textured soil can hold more water than a coarse textured soil. The most limiting factor in southern Alberta is water but with everything else you have to do, you don’t have time to be constantly checking the pivots for how much water it needs. The goal of irrigation management is to use water in the most profitable way at sustainable production levels.

    • Smart Scouts will visit your field at the same time every week and hand test the soil at 6 inch depths to 1 metre.
    • Test data is then input into the AIMM program developed by Alberta Agriculture and deliver a graph to you with predicted water use numbers for the week.
    • Tracking how much rain field received
    • Use percipitation data to determine how much water I need to put down with my pivot to make maximum use of percipitation and reduce excess use of irrigation water
    • Weekly reports on predicted water use
    • Tracking precipitation and pivot water usage

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