Crop Systems – Soil water dynamics in long-term, integrated crop rotati...

Crop Systems – Soil water dynamics in long-term, integrated crop rotation studies: Developing water-smart cropping systems

Researchers: Martin Entz
Keywords: Farm Management Soil Water Management
Start Date: 2019
Status: In Progress

Integration of intensive moisture measurements and monitoring into existing cropping systems studies: includes enhancing 2 long term rotation projects with Martin Entz (Ia) and 2 cropping intensification projects with Yvonne Lawley (Ib) A relatively minimal investment into these existing projects brings significant new value and benefit by linking alternative crop rotation/cropping systems with water use and extreme moisture management.

Lead Researcher: Martin Entz
Co – Investigators: Kristen MacMillan, Katherine Stanley, Keith Bamford, Dept. of Plant Science, U of M
Start Date: 2019
Project Length: 3 Years (2019-2022)
Project status: in progress

Objectives/Outcomes:             

1) Gain a better understanding of how different cropping systems, including grain crops with different water use intensities, affect water use and water available for crop growth, crop water status (drought response), and to conduct this on a clay and a sandy loam soil.

2) Understand how cover crops affect water use and water available for crop growth.

3) Understand how short-term perennial plantings and biennial crops affect water use and water available for crop growth.

Sub-project cost: $53,520.00 + in-kind

Funding Partners: University of Manitoba, MCGA, MPSG, CAP Ag Action MB