Salinity and Sodicity Guidelines for Irrigation Water

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 Most of the water used for irrigation in the South Saskatchewan River Basin of Alberta and Saskatchewan originates as snow melt in the Rocky Mountains and is of good quality, with EC less than 0.5 dS/m and SAR less than 1. However, a few irrigation projects that used saline-sodic waters have failed due to the adverse impacts of the water on soil structure and crop productivity.

Guidelines for use of saline water for irrigation are necessary to ensure sustainable irrigation development.

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This information published to the web on February 6, 2013.