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2017 Irrigation Agronomy Tours

By: Joel Peru, PAg, CCA, Irrigation Agrologist

The Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation (ICDC) has several summer events this year. The producer group has about 50 projects on the ground at the Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Center (CSIDC) in Outlook, as well as demonstrations in surrounding irrigated fields within the Lake Diefenbaker Development Area.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture employs three Irrigation Agrologists who assist with the ICDC research and demonstration program. They work together with industry and government partners to extend the knowledge obtained from ICDC’s program to producers. Field days and agronomy tours allow producers to have a first-hand look at the work being conducted and provide an opportunity to have questions answered.

Saskatchewan Vegetable Grower’s Association (SVGA) Annual Field Day – June 26

This year the SVGA will be holding their annual field day in the Outlook/Dinsmore area. CSIDC will be featured as a tour stop and the venue for lunch. At this CSIDC stop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the extensive horticulture program at the research farm. The ICDC has nine separate trials at CSIDC in 2017. These trials range from sequential plantings of broccoli cultivars to the use of photo selective netting on fruit orchards. Other stops on this tour include tours of the Spring Creek Garden and the Dinsmore Colony Gardens. For information on registration for this event, contact the SVGA at 306-975-6881

CSIDC Field Day – July 13

The CSIDC field day is taking place on July 13 in Outlook, SK. This annual all-day event is organized by CSIDC’s five partners: Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, and ICDC. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m and includes lunch. For more information, contact CSIDC at 306-867-5400.

The field day attracts more than 200 people every year and showcases the projects undertaken at the research farm by all five partners. Highlights of the 2017 CSIDC field day include:

  • Soybean fertility;
  • Water management;
  • New potential crops;
  • Irrigation of pulses and potato;
  • Pulse agronomy; and
  • Irrigation management for horticulture crops.

ICDC Agronomy Tour – August 15

ICDC will be hosting an agronomy afternoon tour at the CSIDC farm on Aug. 15. The tour will showcase the large number of agronomy projects conducted by Ministry and ICDC agrologists.

The bulk of the ICDC program consists of variety demonstration for field crops. The agronomy portion of the program refines current agronomic practices in order to generate higher profits for Saskatchewan irrigators. Many of the projects include horticultural and specialty crops in an attempt to diversify the economic opportunities that intensive irrigation provides. New technologies are evaluated to demonstrate their efficacy for Saskatchewan irrigators. Registration for this event is at 2 p.m. at the CSIDC research farm. A barbecue supper will be provided after the tour.

ICDC Soybean Field Tour – August 17

The interest in soybean production continues to grow in Saskatchewan due to shorter growing season varieties and improved yields from genetics. ICDC will be hosting a full-day field tour focused on soybean agronomy. The morning tour will occur at CSIDC and will be based on ICDC and Agri-Food Canada research. Highlights of the morning include soybean fertility, inoculation, seeding rate, seeding date, variety trials and water management. 

The afternoon portion of the tour will have a disease focus and will be led by Dr. Dean Malvick. Malvick is a plant pathologist, professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota. The afternoon tour will take place at various irrigated and dryland fields where Malvick will explain to participants how to identify soybean diseases. This is a great opportunity for new growers to learn about soybean pathology from an expert. For more information on this tour, contact Sherri Roberts at 306-848-2856. Keep an eye out for updates on registration on the ICDC twitter account @ICDC_SK

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