Fraser Valley – State of Practices & Technologies Assessment for Managing Extreme Heat Impacts [fv07]
|Status||completed in 2019|
|Project Lead||BC Blueberry Council|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
|Other Partners||agriculture producers|
This project identified practices and technologies that have potential to assist with management of extreme heat in the dairy, poultry and berry sectors in the Fraser Valley.
Climate change is expected to result in longer, hotter and drier summers in the Fraser Valley. In addition to overall warming, temperature spikes are also anticipated. These conditions may be difficult to manage for various types of agricultural operations, but impacts and management options will be specific to each commodity.
A consultation and scan were undertaken to review current practices and technologies in the Fraser Valley as well as assess the potential applicability of approaches used in other jurisdictions.
Some of the practices and technologies considered were:
- poultry/dairy: enhancing use of data regarding humidity levels in barns to assess heat stress (e.g., heat stress apps)
- dairy: increasing use of evaporative cooling and/or radiant barrier technologies in barns
- berries: using reflective tarps or small-scale cooling systems to minimize post-harvest heat damage
The final report includes a summary of findings and outlines potential next steps for each commodity. It also includes a detailed review of relevant practices and technologies. These project findings can guide next steps, such as development of new informational resources, demonstration and/or applied research.