Ministry of Agriculture

AGRICULTURE WATER — FACTSHEETS AND PUBLICATIONS

 

 

Welcome to the Sustainable Agriculture Management Branch webpage listing publications that are available relating to agriculture and water in British Columbia.

This webpage illustrates some of our most popular publications - listed below. Some of the publications shown on this page are available for a fee, others are free. For those with a fee, instructions to order are included on the link to the publication.

As well, the Branch has many other factsheets, manuals, guides and publications on several agriculture water topics. View our Publications webpage and click on the WATER topic in the blue menu to the left.

You will then be able to choose from a list of sub-topics that will take you to the other information we have available. There is a fee for some of the listed publications but most are available in PDF format for free and may be downloaded to your printer.

 

POPULAR PUBLICATIONS

Agriculture Water Demand Model reports
BC Sprinkler Irrigation Manual
BC Irrigation Management Guide
Chemigation Guidelines for BC
BC Agricultural Drainage Manual
BC Livestock Watering factsheets
BC Frost Protection Guide
Environmental Farm Plan Reference Guide
   Chapter 9 - Water

 

 

 

AGRICULTURE WATER DEMAND MODEL - Okanagan Basin

Agricultural Water Demand Model - report for the Okanagan BasinThe Agricultural Water Demand Model was developed to provide current and future agriculture water demands for the Okanagan Basin. The intent of the model is to help fulfil the province’s commitment under the Living Water Strategy to reserve water for agricultural lands.

The model calculates water use on a property by property basis and sums each property to obtain a total for the entire basin or sub basins. Crop, irrigation system type, soils and climate data are used to calculate the water demand. Lands within the Agriculture Land Reserve were included in the project.

 

 

 

 

AGRICULTURE WATER DEMAND MODEL reports are also available for the following areas of British Columbia:

           
Ag Water Demand Model - Report for the Nicola Watershed   Ag Water Demand Model - Report for the Cowichan Valley   Ag Water Demand Model - Report for the Kettle Watershed

 

Nicola Watershed   Cowichan Valley   Kettle Watershed  
           
Ag Water Demand Model - Report for the Similkameen Watershed   Ag Water Demand Model - Report for Metro Vancouver   Ag Water Demand Model - Report for the Regional District of Nanaimo
Similkameen   Metro Vancouver   Regional District
of Nanaimo
 
           
Ag Water Demand Model - Report for the Bonaparte Watershed        
Bonaparte Watershed          

 

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B.C. SPRINKLER IRRIGATION MANUAL

The B.C. Sprinkler Irrigation Manual provides design information for agricultural sprinkler irrigation systems in British columbia. Wheel line, solid set sprinkler, guns and travelling guns and center picot systems are all covered. The Manual provides the designer with data on soils, crops, and evapotranspiration rates; how to calculate irrigation system water requirements, application rates, set times and irrigation intervals; and design information on piping, pumps, screens and water diversions.

 

To purchase a bound professionally printed book of over 200 pages, visit the Irrigation Industry Association of British Columbia website for details. The publication may be ordered online or via email.

You may also download individual chapters for free. However, these documents in PDF format, will print the included photographs and drawings at a lower quality than seen in the bound book. These PDFs are of a lesser quality to keep the file size smaller for fast web viewing and download.

To view individual chapters and download/print to your own computer, see the list below.

 

   
Chapter
Title
Size
   
Front Cover of Manual 4.2 Mb
Titlepage, Table of Contents, Preface 0.3 Mb
How to Use the Manual 2.5 Mb
2
Legislation and Governance 1.0 Mb
3
Irrigation System Selection 2.5 Mb
4
Crop, Soil and Climate 1.2 Mb
5
Sprinkler System Design 3.0 Mb
6
Gun System Design 3.5 Mb
7
Centre Pivot System Design 1.5 Mb
8
Pipe Selection, Design and Installation 2.5 Mb
9
Motors, Engines and Power 3.0 Mb
10
Diversions and Intakes 3.0 Mb
11
Irrigation Water Quality 0.6 Mb
   
Appendix
Title
Size
   
A
Properties of Irrigation Pipe 0.3 Mb
B
Friction Loss Tables 0.5 Mb
C
Sprinkler Irrigation Design Plans 5.7 Mb
D
Publications and Websites 0.2 Mb
E
Unit Conversions 0.3 Mb
F
Glossary 0.3 Mb

 

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BC Irrigation Management Guide

B.C. IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT GUIDE

The B.C. Irrigation Management Guide assists British Columbia's farmers and ranchers to optimize water use, thereby improving water management during times of drought, long-term climate change, and competing uses of the water resource.

This publication provides a comprehensive Irrigation Management Plan for sprinkler, trickle, centre pivot and traveling gun systems.

To purchase a bound professionally printed book of over 300 pages, visit the Irrigation Industry Association of British Columbia website for details. The fee to purchase is $100.00 CDN plus taxes/shipping. The publication can be ordered online or via email.

You may also download individual chapters for free.

To download/print to your own computer, see the list below.

 

   
Chapter
Title
Size
   
Cover 0.2 Mb
Title Page, Preface, ISBN 0.5 Mb
Table of Contents 0.3 Mb
Introduction to an Irrigation Management Plan 0.4 Mb
2
Environmental Concerns of Irrigation Water Supply 0.7 Mb
3
Climate 1.0 Mb
4
Basic Environmental Farm Assessment for Irrigation 2.2 Mb
5
Plants, Soil and Soil Water 1.4 Mb
6
Irrigation System Assessment 2.8 Mb
7
Irrigation Scheduling 2.7 Mb
8
Energy Conservation and Operating Costs 1.3 Mb
9
Chemigation, Frost Protection and Crop Cooling 0.6 Mb
10
Use of Reclaimed Water 0.5Mb
   
Appendix
Title
   
A
Unit Conversions 0.3 Mb
B
Sprinkler and Gun Nozzle Specifications 0.4 Mb
C
Blank Worksheets 2.5 Mb
D
Publications and Websites 0.4 Mb
E
Glossary 04 Mb
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Chemigation Guidelines for British ColumbiaCHEMIGATION GUIDELINES FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA

Chemigation is the term used to define the practice of applying chemicals to a crop through an irrigation system. In agriculture, the type of chemicals applied are generally fertilizers to promote crop production and plant growth.

This publication, Chemigation Guidelines for British Columbia, provides information on the design and operation of chemigation systems. Guidance on the selection of chemicals and methods of calculating chemical injection rates are also given.

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BC AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE MANUAL

Agricultural drainage is and essential part of farming. This publication contains over 280 pages of valuable information on guidelines for agricultural drainage in British Columbia.

The manual is intended as a general reference although specific drainage design criteria are included. It describes generally accepted drainage practices and principles, yet is not meant to be the sole source of information on soil and water management.

BC Agricultural Drainage ManualThe BC Agricultural Drainage Manual was developed with the following purposes in mind:

  • Help farmers improve drainage through better soil and water management
  • Assist farmers in identifying drainage problems and finding appropriate solutions
  • Provide professionals with design parameters of drainage systems
  • Provide ideas and technical information on proper drainage practices
  • Surface drainage design
  • Subsurface drainage design
  • Controlled drainage and subirrigation

To purchase a bound professionally printed book of approximately 280 pages, visit the Irrigation Industry Association of British Columbia website for details. The fee to purchase is $20.00 CDN plus taxes/shipping. The publication can be ordered online or via email.

You may also download individual chapters for free. However, these documents in PDF format, will print the included photographs at a lower quality than seen in the bound book. These PDFs are of a lesser quality to keep the file size smaller for web viewing and download.

To view individual chapters and download/print to your own computer, see the list below.

   
Chapter
Title
Size
   
Title Page, Preface, ISBN
4.5 Mb
Table of Contents
17.3 Mb
Introduction
11 Mb
2
Soil
69 Mb
3
Water
12 Mb
4
Identifying Drainage Problems
26.3 Mb
5
Drainage Solutions
57.8 Mb
6
Benefits of Drainage
53.3
7
Evaluation of Drainage Improvements
16 Mb
8
Drainage Planning Requirements
56 Mb
9
Surface Drainage Design
4.2 Mb
10
Subsurface Drainage Design - pages 160 to 196
50 Mb
10
Subsurface Drainage Design - pages 197 to 230
38 Mb
11
Controlled Drainage and Subirrigation
30 Mb
   
Appendix
Title
Size
   
A
Rainfall Intensity Curves
5.8 Mb
B
Manning's n Values
4.7 Mb
C
Head Loss Tables
7 Mb
D
Conversion Tables
4.2 Mb
   
Other
Title
Size
   
Bibliography
4.3 Mb
Index
4 Mb

 

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BC Livestock Watering HandbookBC LIVESTOCK WATERING FACTSHEETS

You may create a BC Livestock Watering Handbook from a collection of several individual factsheets. The factsheets are grouped into seven different sections.

These factsheets contain information for planning and constructing outdoor livestock watering systems for both summer and winter in British Columbia, Canada.

Click on the Table of Contents shown on the second page of the link to view all the factsheets available.

 

 

 

BC FROST PROTECTION GUIDEBC Frost Protection Guide

The intent of this publication is to provide information on frost occurrence and protection thereof to producers and agri-business personnel.

While, for the most part, the BC Frost Protection Guide is of a general nature, information on designing a sprinkler irrigation system for frost protection is included.

This publication also explains the types of frosts that may occur, passive and active methods of frost protection.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL FARM PLAN REFERENCE GUIDE

5th Edition 2010

Chapter 9 Water

This chapter discusses water management practices for protection of the environment. It contains introductory information on the relationship between agriculture and water quality and quantity. It also contains information on environmental concerns, legislation and beneficial management practices related to :

  • water supply systems (domestic and livestock)
  • drainage
  • leachate
  • irrigation
  • storm water and runoff
  • water conflicts