Even with the delayed start in irrigating last year, Theo’s first experience was incredibly positive. In fact, corn reps in the area claimed that those 10 acres produced the tallest corn crop in all of Alberta. In addition to height, this was the most even and uniform crop that Theo has ever produced. This is all the more impressive based on the fact that the 10 acre corn maze is located on a corner of Theo’s field that has never been suitable for growing a vibrant crop due to drainage issues. Theo credits efficient irrigating through SDI, no runoff, and the loosening up of the soil as reasons for his huge success.
When asked if Theo would recommend drip technology to other farmers, the answer was “absolutely!” Along with his tangible results of crop uniformity and yield increase opportunities, Theo recognizes the importance of preserving water and using it most efficiently to help the environment and safeguard against possible years of water shortages or drought in the future.
Currently Theo is content with his 10-acre SDI irrigated corn maze, but with government funding through the Growing Forward framework, he would definitely consider converting the entire quarter section to drip irrigation.