- About Us
- Our Programs
- Farmland Wildlife
- History of Farming in Delta
- How You Can Help
Laser Leveling & Field Liming Stewardship Programs
Farmers and Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust share the cost of leveling the soil on fields in order to minimize the impact of water erosion. Laser leveling is beneficial because it:
- Eliminates low spots and pooling in fields; ponds of water can cause soil compaction and salinity
- Minimize surface water runoff and erosion that can carry away soil particles
- Maximizes productivity by allowing fields to dry out earlier; this allows farmers earlier access for planting, making it more likely that a cover crop can be planted once the cash crop is harvested
Farming has come a long way since horses and ploughs furrowed the fields of Delta. Today, geographical positioning system (GPS) receivers, geographical information system (GIS) software and data, stationary laser emitters, and sophisticated ploughs with laser receivers are used to contour fields.
Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust works with local farmers to cost-share the application of lime to farm fields. Soils used to grow food crops will eventually become acidic over time. Acidic soil prevents plants from absorbing nutrients and consequently stunts the growth of crop plants. Farmers can apply lime to their soil to prevent the soil from becoming too acidic. Applying lime benefits farming and wildlife by:
- Increasing the producitvity of soils, thereby maintaining the viability of local food production.
To learn more about the Field Liming Program, read our 2009 Annual Report.
News & Events
DF&WT Hosts Young Naturalists' Club of BC
DF&WT teams up with the Young Naturalist Club of BC for a Grassland Set-aside monitoring Citizen Science Project!Read More..
Cover Crop Research Helps Refine Management
DF&WT research reveals the importance of planting date on the ability of a cover crop to support waterfowl.Read More..
- Get To Know SOME OF OUR WILDLIFE:
- Northern Shrike Known as the "Butcher Bird," the Shrike impales prey on thorns to attract mates and mark its territory.
- Lesser Snow Goose Snow Geese congregate on farm fields by the tens of thousands searching for potatoes, grain, and grass.
- Bumblebee These insects benefit farmers by pollinating crops. They find refuges in Grassland Set-asides and Hedgerows.