Swales & Dams vs Floods & Drought: Regenerative Agriculture

Droughts and floods are two sides of the same coin, Takota has the solution! Every spring, life giving water flows to rivers from farmland, without benefitting the still frozen farmland, and potentially causing rivers to overflow their banks and cause a flood. On Takota’s regenerative farm the swales, dams, and spring snow melt is used to speed the thawing process, extend the growing season, and provide water for irrigation and livestock even in dry years. Takota even shows how the gopher can benefit the growing season!

In-video topic links:
1:15 Slide gate for flood irrigation irrigation culvert
3:13 Where the water comes from – snow harvesting for flood irrigation
4:12 Culvert & slide gate design and cost
5:11 Droughts and floods are two sides fo the same coin. The way to fix it is . . .
8:13 Using a penetrometer to test for the presence, or absence of frost in the ground
10:15 Thawing steaks and farmland
11:02 Speeding up the growing cycle
12:40 nutrients in the swale, harvesting nutrients without pumps
13:21 This swale can drain water from the dam, or fill it depending on conditions
15:20 Adjusting the height of the overflow
17:06 How do you handle the gopher problem?
18:47 Gopher holes speed defrosting!
19:58 it all starts with design, and we have some tools for you!!

• Website: https://www.coenfarm.ca/
• YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC02O3FxxOh4dPid5NGwdK5A

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