Watering Your Crops

South Fraser farms get plenty of rain, but drought is always a possibility – so farmers need to have an irrigation system in place.

First, make sure you have a clean water source, to protect your crops from contaminants. The type and amount of irrigation you need will be affected by:

  • The weather in your area
  • The crop you’re growing
  • The size and topography of your Fraser Valley farmland
  • The type and depth of your soil
  • The location of your water source
  • Your power supply

Use the Irrigation Schedule Calculator to predict your farm’s watering needs. During times of water restriction, you can still irrigate, but there may be limits in effect. For more information, visit the BC Government’s page on Drought in Agriculture. Make sure to also explore the layers within our land leasing map; where you can see what aquifers are working well and the location of wells you may have access to for your farm.

Irrigation System Purchase and Repairs

If you’re leasing land, the landowner’s irrigation system usually comes as part of the package, and the landowner pays for any repairs (this will depend on the conditions of the lease).

If you’re purchasing a sprinkler system yourself, choose a well-known supplier who is familiar with the BC Sprinkler Irrigation Manual.  Download the manual yourself, for more information on irrigation systems and how to use them.

 

What’s next? Figure out your soil type and fertilization needs