Forecasting tool to help farmers manage extreme weather

Combine harvester unloading harvested wheat onto a grain truck in Manitoba, Canada. - Photo: ANP
Combine harvester unloading harvested wheat onto a grain truck in Manitoba, Canada. - Photo: ANP

The Government of Canada is working with the agricultural sector to equip farmers with tools they need to proactively manage and mitigate risks associated with extreme weather events.

From current drought and dry field conditions to flooding in recent years, extreme weather events continue to create challenges for Manitoba farmers. The Government of Canada is working with the agricultural sector to equip farmers with tools they need to proactively manage and mitigate risks associated with these events.

Investment of over $ 1.1 million

The Canadian government has announced an investment of over $ 1.1 million for the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA). The funding will be used to develop a new forecasting tool that will help farmers and stakeholders better understand and manage extreme weather events within the Assiniboine River Basin.

Forecasts for soil moisture, groundwater and surface water flow

With this funding, the MFGA will create a web-based tool that will provide seven-day, forward-looking forecasts for soil moisture, groundwater and surface water flow. Producers can use this real-time information to adopt better risk management strategies and inform decisions about their operations in the face of extreme weather.

The new interactive tool will also show how soil and landscape management strategies could influence moisture and water conditions over the seven-day interval, with the goal of encouraging adoption of beneficial management practices.

Claver
Hugo Claver Web editor for Future Farming