Enhanced Saskatchewan soil data for sustainable land management
- Soil Health
- University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn
Lead Investigator(s) Institution
University of Saskatchewan - Dept. of Soil Sciences
To enhance access to Saskatchewan soil data. To enhance resolution of soil data through digital soil mapping. To develop a sustainable land management App.
The first objective was to streamline access to Saskatchewan soil data by developing a fully digital framework to store, and an innovative application to access, Saskatchewan soil information. The new data framework provides full access to existing Saskatchewan soil information for a diverse group of users and stakeholders: landowners and producers, researchers, private sector and educators. Objective 2 was built on expert knowledge and the latest digital soil mapping (DSM) technology to develop a soil data enhancement technique that is optimized for Prairie soils and landscapes. The application of this spatially enhanced soil information was then demonstrated in objective 3 by integrating it with expert knowledge to develop a soil-crop productivity prototype application which demonstrates the use of the enhanced soils information to help inform farm decision-making. Coupling the improved storage and access to soil information with agronomic and environmental data improves decision making, building on the data collected by users. This project builds on the investment and legacy of decades of soil survey in Saskatchewan paving the way for improving soil information and making it readily accessible.
Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)
2016 - 2018
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture - Agriculture Development Fund, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission
Total Project Cost