Adapting BC Horticulture through Protected-Crop Research & Demonstration [fi07]
|Region||Cariboo, Lower Mainland|
|Status||completed in 2018|
|Project Lead||UBC Faculty of Land & Food Systems|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada, UBC Faculty of Land & Food Systems|
|Other Partners||AT Films Inc, Cropthorne Farm Ltd, Dubois Agrinovation, Mackin Creek Farm, Osborne Seed Company|
Download and read the project summary as a PDF: Helping Farmers Get a Jump on Growing Season with Crop Protection.
This project will evaluate to effectiveness of a range of plastic film mulches and low tunnels in modifying soil and horticultural crop environments to support adaptation to anticipated changes in climate in BC (in particular changes and variability in regional temperatures, increases in spring runoff and rainfall, and decreases in available soil water during the summer months).
This project will assess the plastic mulching the tunnel technologies for their ability to: prevent the incidence of early spring and fall frosts, raise average air and soil temperature, maximize photosynthesis, prevent condensation droplets (to decrease incidence of plant disease), and produce early season produce. Experiments will take place at UBC Farm as well as one farm in the Central Interior and one farm in the lower Fraser Valley.
The outcome of this research will be communicated to producers through field tours, presentations to producers, articles in producer journals and magazines, and findings will be integrated into the CSFS Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture curriculum.
- Effects of Various Plastic Mulches on Soil Temperature & the Surface Energy Balance (2018 factsheet) (304 KB pdf)
- Using Plastic Films in Low Tunnels for Modification of Microclimate & Enhancing Plant Growth (2018 factsheet) (301 KB pdf)
- Adapting BC Horticulture through Protected-Crop Research & Demonstration (final report) (838 KB pdf)