By: Joel Peru, PAg, Irrigation Agrologist and Gary Kruger, PAg, 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.
CSIDC Field Day – July 14
The CSIDC field day is taking place on July 14 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. This event runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, contact CSIDC at 306-867-5400.
The event attracts more than 200 people every year and showcases the projects undertaken at the research farm by all five partners. Highlights of the 2016 CSIDC field day include:
- Fusarium head blight management;
- Water management;
- New potential crops;
- Irrigation of pulses and potato;
- Pulse agronomy; and
- Fruit and vegetable production.
Evening Plot Tour – July 20
ICDC will also be having an evening plot tour by Riverhurst on July 20 at 7 p.m. This tour will exhibit some of the regional bean trials undertaken by ICDC staff. For more information, contact Jeff Ewen at 306-867-6738 or Jeff.Ewen@gov.sk.ca.
Agronomy Afternoon Tour – August 16
ICDC will be hosting an agronomy afternoon tour at the CSIDC farm on August 16. The tour will showcase the large number of agronomy projects conducted by Ministry and ICDC agronomists.
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. Registration for this event is at 2 p.m. at the CSIDC research farm, and a BBQ supper will be provided after the tour’s conclusion.