Authors: Rapp, E., Apedaile, L. P. And R. Desjardins
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Description: Slough and wet land problems on better quality arable lands pose a serious constraint to commercial farming in east central Alberta. Not only is some arable land lost from crop production, but the time spent and the inconvenience of having to farm around these areas result in increased production costs. These areas, usually characterized by excess seasonal water and poorly drained soils, can be reclaimed by a combination of drainage, intensified management and conservation measures (Jensen 1979 Korven and Heinrichs 1971). Sloughs, or potholes as the smaller ones are sometimes called, are depressions which may fill up with water in the spring, but may be dry or partially dry by the end of the summer. The source of the water is snowmelt in the spring and heavy rains during the summer. Wet lands, as used in this study, are defined as extended areas where soils are chronically wet. The water table in discharge areas may be at or near the land surface or the soil may be saturated for long enough periods to promote hydrophylic vegetation. Wet lands in re charge areas may dry up during the growing season. Their temporary nature precludes aquatic growth but permits the growth of grasses and common weeds.

Keywords: slough and wet land problems in east central alberta
Citation: Rapp, E., Apedaile, L. P. and R. Desjardins 1983. SLOUGH AND WET LAND PROBLEMS IN EAST CENTRAL Alberta. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 25(1):11-18.
Volume: 25
Issue: 1
Pages 11 - 18
Date: 1983
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