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Approximately 400 000 ha of land are presently being irrigated in Southern Alberta. Irrigation farmers need to know when to irrigate and must determine how much water to apply. With rapidly increasing equipment, energy and production costs associated with irrigation farming and a shortage of water in some districts, the interest in irrigation water management to maximize farm production in Southern Alberta has increased. Hobbs and Krogman (1968) reported that as early as 1913 experiments were being conducted to determine the consumptive use of water by crops in Alberta. Until the 1950s irrigation water was applied to fields by surface methods. Irrigation was normally scheduled on a calendar basis and scheduling was influenced by the amount of irrigation water available, topography, shape and size of field and the ability of the irrigator to apply the water uniformly.
scheduling irrigation in southern alberta
Mckenzie, R.H. and D.S. Chanasyk 1986. SCHEDULING IRRIGATION IN SouthERN Alberta. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 28(1):1-6.
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