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Excess moisture and rain has seen as much as 95 per cent of cropland in and around The Pas sit idle this crop season.

Province may cap drainage funding in Pasquia

Province could pull 
plug on pumping in 
The Pas, pushing costs on to producers and municipal government

Rod Berezowecki points to a canola field as though he’s spotted a unicorn. “That’s one of only a couple,” explains the reeve and farmer, who represents the Rural Municipality of Kelsey. “Almost nothing was seeded.” While it’s not unusual to have wet springs in the region, Berezowecki said the impact of excess moisture this year

George Gray, reeve of RM of Dufferin, spoke at the Manitoba Planning Conference earlier this spring about why Dufferin came to adopt its own tile drainage bylaw.

Dufferin’s tile drainage bylaw a ‘template’ for others

The Red River Basin Commission is currently guiding development of a tile drainage 
bylaw template based on the RM’s work

Rural municipalities are responsible for controlling drainage, and a few years ago the RM of Dufferin realized that needed to include tile drains. Former reeve, Shawn McCutcheon saw tiling becoming more widely adopted, and could see need for a made-in-Dufferin approach to managing it, said current reeve, George Gray. “We knew it was going to


Saskatchewan to tap farm leaders for drainage board

Representatives from four Saskatchewan farmer organizations will sit on a new provincial advisory board on farm drainage policy. The provincial government on Tuesday announced the creation of two advisory boards: a policy development board and technical review board. Specific members haven’t yet been named to either board, but the province said the policy advisory board

flooded field drainage - FIW

Pull the plug or turn off the tap?

A holistic approach to drainage and flooding issues will help us do both

The bathtub is almost full. It will begin to overflow momentarily, unless I do something right away. Do I pull the plug or turn off the tap? And maybe, just maybe, I could do a little of both to solve my impending dilemma. After sitting in on a series of meetings in the southwest corner

One more webinar remains in the four-part series, sponsored by the Red River Basin Commission.

Four-part webinar series takes tile drainage education into the digital age

A recent educational effort by Agriculture Manitoba and the Red River Basin Commission means farmers are staying home to take in information on tile drainage

Manitoba Agriculture and the Red River Basin Commission have taken to the web on tile drainage. A series of four webinars is running until March 18, with topics spanning the on-farm benefits, downstream implications, environmental concerns and government considerations of tile drainage. “It’s established in other places, such as south of the border, but here

Mitchell Timmerman speaks at St. Jean Baptist Farm Days.

Retention not needed for tile installation

Tile drainage can increase yields, but increased returns require carefully crunched numbers

Tile drainage installation is on the upswing in Manitoba, but producers need to take a hard look at their operations and evaluate beneficial management practices before making the plunge. “Addressing excess moisture is definitely a worthy pursuit,” Mitchell Timmerman told producers gathered for St. Jean Baptist Farm Days last week. “In this province, we know

(Dave Bedard photo)

Saskatchewan to rework farm drainage complaint process

A new complaint process to deal with unauthorized drainage on Saskatchewan farmland is expected to lead to resolutions in months instead of years. Scott Moe, minister responsible for Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency, on Tuesday introduced legislative amendments meant to encourage “producer co-operation through the formation of watershed associations and (allow) for producer-led projects.” Under the

A small dam holds back water at the Morden research centre.

How much nitrogen could a wood chip chuck?

Researchers investigating wood chip bioreactors under Manitoba conditions 
say half the nitrogen in tile drainage run-off could be captured

Often considered a byproduct of forestry and landscaping, wood chips could also become central to decreasing nitrogen run-off from tile drainage systems. Dipping his hand into a plastic container full of wood chips at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Research Centre in Morden, Steve Sager said that increased use of tile drainage in Manitoba, as well

Saskatchewan orders drainage into Quill Lakes stopped

Saskatchewan property owners draining land into the overflowing Quill Lakes in the east-central part of the province without prior approvals are being ordered to close those drains. The provincial government’s Water Security Agency (WSA) on Thursday said it would invoke new drainage regulations passed last fall and require all unapproved drainage works flowing into the