The Eastern Irrigation District is one of thirteen Irrigation Districts found in Southern Alberta, Canada. The EID has the largest land base and the second largest number of irrigated acres of these Irrigation Districts.
The EID is farmer owned and operated and is situated in South Eastern Alberta’s mixed grass prairie eco-system. There are 1.5 million acres within the District’s boundaries, making the EID 500 square kilometers (200 square miles) larger then the Province of Prince Edward Island. The Red Deer River forms the north east boundary and the Bow River the south west boundary of the District. The EID includes over 294,000 acres of irrigated crop land, 600,000 acres of prairie grasslands owned by the EID, with the remainder being non-irrigated crop land, privately owned grasslands and three Provincial Parks (Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, Tillebrook Provincial Park and Dinosaur Provincial Park).
Alberta Irrigation Management Model
The Alberta Irrigation Management Model (AIMM) is a decision support tool software package that assists irrigation producers with their irrigation scheduling decisions. The AIMM software runs as a Windows based program and has a agronomic record keeping component incorporated into the program as well. AIMM acquires the climate parameters required to calculate Evapotranspiration (ET) and irrigation recommendations from the IMCIN website. Producers simply choose the station that is closest to their irrigation field from any of the current climate stations on-line.
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Irrigation Efficiency Program
This program helps producers invest in new or upgraded low-pressure center pivot (LPCP) irrigation equipment for their operations, improving the efficiency of energy and water use on Alberta farms. Click this link for more details.
A new web site has been created by Alberta Irrigation Projects Association entitled “Thanks to irrigation”. Click on the News menu above for more information.
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