Soil management

Soil erosion

Erosion is the wearing down of the surface of the earth due to the action of wind, water and gravity. It is a natural process and shapes the landscape around us. Use of land by man for agriculture, forestry, and transportation has accelerated these processes. Accelerated erosion has occurred in all the agricultural regions of Canada.

Erosion and runoff from agricultural land affects surface and groundwater quality as well as agricultural productivity. For an overview of these issues and their solutions:

Impacts of water erosion

Risk of water erosion is greatest in humid areas of Canada but extreme storm events can produce serious soil losses even in dry regions. More on the processes of water erosion, effect on soil productivity and methods of erosion control Water erosion.

Impacts of wind erosion

Although risk of wind erosion is most severe in drier regions of Canada, sandy and organic soils in humid regions can also be prone to wind erosion during periods of very dry weather. Use this link for information about how wind erosion occurs, the consequences, and methods to control it. More on the processes of wind erosion, effect on soil productivity and methods of erosion control Wind erosion.

Tillage

Direct seeding and no-till

Direct seeding, no till and similar low soil disturbance seeding practices provide numerous benefits and yet pose unique management challenges. Discover how farmers have adopted and benefited from these practices and how they are adjusting these practices to adapt to ever changing management challenges.

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