Farming Smarter will establish and evaluate pollinator sanctuaries with currently available commercial flower mixes. The goal is to make recommendations on seeding rates, dates, mixes with high establishment and production and value to wildlife. This project will identify the best performing species of varying pollinators, establishing a floral calendar of individual plant species and finding mixes that attract the highest insect diversity.
Pollinator sanctuaries could be established on roadsides, in marginal lands, on reclaimed land (drilling roads), pivot corners, low lying or saline areas to create areas for ecological goods and services. These mixes could also be used as cover crops to promote soil conservation, soil health & soil quality.
A full roster of agronomic evaluations for different pollinator mixes is part of the project. Our proposed one-year pilot study site is in the dark brown soil zone of Lethbridge adjacent to an artificial waterbody that attracts local wildlife. Some grasses are included in the mixes for stand establishment, weed control, checking soil erosion & for establishing nesting sites.
The proposed one-year work flow includes seeding, stand establishment, plot maintenance, pollinator insect diversity & stand agronomic evaluations across the seasons, collecting ground data, record photos & videos, data analysis, report preparation & information dissemination to the funding agency, project stakeholders & public at large to share our knowledge acquired through this pilot study. Long term benefits of the proposed project to the concerned industry are:
This project is currently in progress. Please check back in 2020 for detailed results and information.
This project is currently in progress. Please check back in 2020 for recommendation details and information.
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