Authors: Irwin, Ross W.
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Description: Land is limited and non-renewable. It constitutes, along with water, the primary resource for agriculture. Grassland and land on which low-valued crops, such as oats are grown, being converted to more intense use, such as com, to maintain economic farm units. Increasing numbers of farmers are draining land to remove hazards of flooding, to dry the soil surface and profile, to permit earlier spring seeding and improve trafficability. Earlier spring seeding is important in Canada where available heat units, day length, and light limit plant growth. Land drainage is an important farming practice and provincial governments, recognizing that it will increase the efficiency of agricultural operations, have developed policies and pro grams to promote it. Irwin and Ayers (1970) reviewed the on-farm land drainage policies and pro grams in Canada as of 1969. Broughton (1976) estimated the area subsurface drained in Canada. The technology of drain installation has changed dramatically over the past 15 years, and the demand by farmers for this land improvement practice has increased tenfold (Irwin 1982).

Keywords: on farm drainage policy in canada
Citation: Irwin, Ross W. 1985. ON FARM DRAINAGE POLICY IN Canada. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 27(1):39-42.
Volume: 27
Issue: 1
Pages 39 - 42
Date: 1985
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