As climate patterns change Scottish farmers need to be aware of and better prepared for potential water insecurity. Finding ways to lower the risks on farm will be critical moving forward.
Each farm will need to find their own solutions to water scarcity and their water management. Aspects like farm size, availability of non-porous surfaces and average rainfall will all need to be considered within a water management plan. Solutions can come from different areas, evaluating irrigation, farm resilience, or storing or slowing water that is on farm all offer different ways to limiting water risks.
Evaluating irrigation plans can help limit the water lost through overwatering or missed fields. Choosing new irrigation methods like trickle irrigation can help limit water loss due to evaporation or wind. Increasing resiliency on farm by reducing soil compaction or planting trees can help improve overall soil porosity and allow for more moisture to be stored on farm within soils.
Taking more active measures like increasing on farm water storage can also lower water insecurity. Adding new scrapes, or storage ponds will hold on to essential water resources for use in drier months, while adding rainwater harvesting to hard surfaces like roofs can increase the amount of water stored for later use in fields.
Water management is becoming increasingly important in Scotland and adopting new methods to store and save water will only be more important in the coming years.
Acknowledgment & humble source:
*This article contains sponsored content and does not necessarily represent the views of CropForLife.
Sponsored by: Farm Advisory Service