Pilot Project to Address Land Drainage in RM of Bifrost-Riverton

Pilot Project to Address Land Drainage in RM of Bifrost-Riverton

Water begins to flow over Road 32 West on Sunday, May 15, 2011 about one kilometre east of where the cut in the dike was made at Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage la Prairie. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

The provincial and federal governments will spend $1 million to improve drainage and address other water-related issues affecting agricultural producers in the RM of Bifrost-Riverton.

The pilot project will examine the effects of artificially induced excess moisture, varying seeding rates and varietal differences on several crops, through innovative field research.

“We are committed to finding effective solutions to deal with chronic excess moisture, to help reduce the devastating effects on farm families and the rural economy,” said Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler.

The field research will utilize innovative water management infrastructure such as tile drainage and irrigation developed at the Prairies East Sustainable Agricultural Initiative diversification centre near Arborg. The province says soil erosion and water quality work will be completed through partnership with the East Interlake Conservation District, with contributions from local area farmers.

— Staff