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A message for rural landowners in the Credit River Watershed.
Credit Valley Conservation Blog

Data-driven Agriculture

Silicon Valley may be the global hub of tech innovation, but in the Credit River valley farmers are putting innovative tech to work. Technology is helping them better manage crops, soil nutrients and livestock, while reducing environmental risk.

From automation to more accurate data collection, farmers are using technology in the field to better understand and run their businesses. Satellite and drone-acquired imagery offer clearer pictures of crop health. They help farmers determine how much fertilizer and pesticide their crops need. Fertilizer and pesticide application rates can be adjusted remotely so specific sites receive the appropriate amount. And GPS technology now drives farm equipment to the appropriate sites. With more detailed information, farmers avoid over-application, reducing the likelihood that excess fertilizer and pesticide make it into our streams, wetlands, groundwater and woodlots.  

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) developed a suite of tools to support farmers in planning and managing their farms. Farmers can access high quality aerial photographs, calculators and field history record-keeping platforms. Smart phone and desktop compatible, these valuable resources are free through the Agri-Suite platform.

More tools are currently in development to help farmers manage manure and calculate greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more, visit https://agrisuite.omafra.gov.on.ca/

Upcoming Events

Caring for Your Land and Water

Free Webinar
Tuesday, October 20, 7-8:30 p.m.

Understanding and caring for the natural features on your property helps you enjoy them for years to come. In this webinar, you'll learn about common land and water issues you might encounter on your rural property. Learn about algae blooms in ponds, invasive species, threats to well water quality and more. We'll discuss what actions you can take to protect your land and water and financial incentives available to help you get started. Register today.
 

CVC Forestry Expert Meet & Greet

Saturday, October 17, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
TSC Store Orangeville, 207311 ON-9 (map)

Meet CVC’s forestry experts and get in-person advice and information on tree planting and forest management projects for your property. Learn about funding opportunities and tax incentives that can help you get started. The first 150 visitors will receive a free tree seedling to take home and plant. Learn more.

Sincerely,
Your Countryside Stewardship Team
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