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Study: Irrigation methods and conservation practices on Canadian farms, 2014

Released: 2016-07-08

Water availability was not a significant problem in 2014 as it was a fairly wet year, particularly in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

In 2014, 79% of farms reported that no issues had prevented irrigation for any period of time. Among the provinces, the proportion ranged from 62% of farms in Manitoba to 84% in Quebec.

The three main irrigation methods used by Canadian agricultural operations were sprinkler irrigation, micro-irrigation and surface irrigation. In 2014, as in 2012, sprinkler irrigation methods were most common, with 76% of farms using them in 2014. Most farms that used sprinkler irrigation were located in the western provinces.

  Note to readers

The study "Irrigation methods and conservation practices on Canadian farms, 2014," is based on data available in CANSIM tables 153-0134 to 153-0144.


The fact sheet "Irrigation methods and conservation practices on Canadian farms, 2014," which is part of the publication Environmental Fact Sheets (Catalogue number16-508-X), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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