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Living Lab – Eastern Prairies

Living Lab – Eastern Prairies comprises of research activities conducted across four watersheds in Manitoba: Upper Oak River, Swan Lake, North Shannon Creek, and Main Drain.

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A map of lower Manitoba highlighting the locations of four watersheds where Living Lab – Eastern Prairies research is taking place. These watersheds include Main Drain, North Shannon Creek, Swan Lake and UpperOak River. Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Watershed boundary data provided by Water Stewardship and Biodiversity Division of MB. Basemap provided by Esri, Maxar, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS,AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

The Eastern Prairies represents a diverse landscape from tall grass prairie to forests. Agriculture within the region is equally diverse, covering typical prairie crops like cereals and canola, to newer or less common crops such as soybean, potato and corn. In addition, major livestock production systems are found in the region.

To cover the diversity of this agricultural landscape, and in consultation with local collaborators and farmers, four environmental priorities have been identified:

Further discussions with producers and collaborators in each watershed provided direction to the development of a collection of research activities that reflect their priorities with regards to resiliency and sustainability of agriculture in their watersheds.



Perennial and cover crops

The objective is to investigate how perennial and cover crops can improve crop yield, livestock productivity, wildlife (including pollinator and other beneficial insect) habitat and water quality, and to capture and store carbon dioxide.

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Soil health and fertility monitoring protocols

The objective is to develop on-farm soil health and fertility indicators.

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Nutrient management to reduce nutrient losses

The objective is to reduce nutrient loss to runoff water and air (greenhouse gas emissions) by improving our understanding of the interactions between fertilizer and the landscape.

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Water quality and quantity management

The objective is to identify and demonstrate practices for water quality and quantity (drainage and retention) management.

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