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Agroclimate Impact Reporter: AIR Survey Assistance

AIR Survey Assistance

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Agroclimate Impact Survey. We welcome all producers, regional reporters, or concerned citizens who want to report about on current weather-related conditions that have had an impact within your region. The information that you provide through this survey is essential to help Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) better understand and assist with weather related challenges facing producers across Canada. Below are some tips to assist with completing the survey. If you have any questions, please contact aafc.nais-snia.aac@canada.ca.

How do I select my map location?

The Location question lets AAFC know which region you are reporting for. Please position the push-pin over the approximate area of your farm. Approximate location is sufficient. There are several methods to do this.

  1. Click on the round circle icon (directly below the little house icon) to allow the survey to access your location automatically.
  2. Type your address or nearest town into the search bar to narrow your search. Then click and drag the map until the push-pin is over the correct location.
  3. Manually zoom and drag the map until the push-pin is located over the correct location.
  4. You can also directly enter Latitude and Longitude coordinates in the boxes at the bottom of the map.

Explanation of the tool icons on the left side of the map:

Please double check that the push-pin correctly reports your position before moving to the next question.

Description of survey question responses

Overall Moisture (how dry or wet is it?)

Severely Dry
There is no soil moisture Crop or pasture losses are occurring or are imminent. Conditions may be severely impacting livestock health, requiring significant changes to management practices. Ponds, lakes, streams, dugouts, and wells may be significantly reduced. Mandatory water restrictions and fire bans may be in place.
Moderately Dry
Soil is much drier than normal. Plants, crops, pastures or livestock are showing signs of damage due to dry conditions. Producers expect crop or pasture reductions or loss. Streams, reservoirs, dugouts or well water levels may below. Voluntary water use restrictions may be in place. There may be water restrictions and fire bans in place.
Mildly Dry
Soil is somewhat drier than normal. Plants, crops, pastures or livestock may be showing signs of stress or slowed growth due to dry conditions. Plants, crops, pastures or livestock may also be in a state of recovery if conditions are changing from drier to wetter.
Near Normal
What you're seeing is what you expect for this time of year as compared to average conditions over the past ten years.
Mildly Wet
Soil moisture is above normal. Field accessibility may be a minimal issue. Plants, crops, pastures, and livestock are healthy, recovering from dry conditions or draining from wet conditions. Pastures doing well with adequate moisture. Crops are not being negatively impacted unless seeding or harvest is occurring.
Moderately Wet
Soil is very damp and the ground may be saturated with water. Field accessibility may be a moderate issue. There may be standing water in low areas and ditches. Water bodies may be fuller than normal. Producers expect some moderate crop or pasture losses and/or quality degradation due to excess moisture-related issues. Excess moisture causing significant delays in seeding or harvest seasons. Livestock health and/or feed supply may be showing signs of stress.
Severely Wet
Soil is wet and the ground is completely saturated. Field accessibility is likely a significant issue. Standing water covers some areas. Water levels in lakes, streams, dugouts, and ponds are well above normal. Producers expect significant crop or pasture losses and/or quality degradation due to excess moisture. Livestock health and/or feed supply is a significant concern.

Surface Soil Moisture

Very Short
Soil is experiencing severe moisture stress.
Short
Soil is experiencing moisture stress.
Adequate
Soil moisture is sufficient for crop and hay development.
Optimal
Soil is saturated.
Surplus
Soil has reached its field capacity. Any additional precipitation runs off.

Ranking of Agroclimate Impacts

Minimum
An impact that will cause minimal disruption to agricultural operations.
Moderate
An impact that will cause a noticeable disruption to agricultural operations.
Severe
An impact that will cause a significant disruption to agricultural operations. Producers are changing agricultural practices in order to protect operations.
Extreme
A detrimental impact that requires a shift in agricultural practices to save seasonal operations.

Other ways to complete the survey

By phone

Email aafc.droughtwatch-guetterlasecheresse.aac@canada.ca with your contact information and NAIS will call you to complete the report survey over the phone.

By email

Download an accessible PDF version of the AIR survey of the survey and email your response to aafc.droughtwatch-guetterlasecheresse.aac@canada.ca using the email button at the bottom of the form.

Using the Online Form

In order to use the online form, you will need Adobe Reader 11.0 or above

Instructions for PC users
  1. Right-click the PDF and select Save target as or Save as link
  2. Choose the location on your computer where you want to save the PDF form
  3. Go to the file location where you saved the PDF form
  4. Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader® 11 (or a more recent version)
  5. Fill and save your PDF form
  6. Submit
Instructions for Mac users

The information you provide is valued by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and provides input for decision makers.

If you have not already subscribed to our mailing list, please visit our AIR subscriber page and follow the instructions to receive automatic reminders whenever a new survey is ready.

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