Joel Peru, P.Ag., CCA, Irrigation Agrologist
Can't make it to a field day? No problem. The Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation now uploads videos about their research program. They can be viewed at any time on YouTube.
Agriculture's presence on social media continues to grow and is becoming a great resource to learn, communicate and ask questions. The success of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture's live-streamed Crop Walks and Corral Talks are proof that producers, agrologists and other interested parties want to gain knowledge through social media. Now producers have an additional resource: The Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation (ICDC), an Agri-ARM site based in Outlook, has started uploading videos to their YouTube page on a regular basis. It's another option for those who want to learn about ICDC's research and demonstration program.
ICDC’s YouTube channel will follow the trend of what some other Agri-ARM sites are already doing. The East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) has been uploading videos focusing on their projects for the past few years. Like ECRF's videos, ICDC's will focus on providing information about current projects and allow more people to benefit from their findings. Videos will be recorded at research plots during the summer and will include an overview of the projects, much like what you would see at a field day. In the winter, follow-up videos will be released that will feature results and key findings of these projects. Having the videos on YouTube gives viewers access at all times and allows them to ask questions in the comment sections. You are also able to subscribe to a YouTube channel, which will notify you when new videos are released.
If you look through ICDC's YouTube channel, you will notice other content besides the research and demonstration videos. Videos of past workshops, panel discussions and content recorded by others are available, as well. The playlist tab organizes videos by events or series and helps viewers find what they are looking for.
Two research and demonstration videos have been uploaded so far, but stay tuned and subscribe, as there will be much more content added in the coming weeks. The two videos currently posted feature an overview of the winter cereal projects that ICDC has at the Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre. The ADOPT-funded project, "Winter Wheat N Fertilization Timing", demonstrates the response to different N-fertilizer rates at different timing and placement methods. Another ADOPT-funded project, "Demonstration of N Rate Responses of Irrigated Conventional and Hybrid Fall Rye", will evaluate the N rate response of irrigated fall rye varieties to optimize yield and protein. The results of this study will help create N fertilizer recommendations for irrigated fall rye production.
You can find ICDC's channel under the name "Irrigation Saskatchewan ICDC" on YouTube. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, contact Joel Peru at 306-860-7201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.