Water, and access to clean water, is likely to define the next generation of agricultural inputs. Even if the Prairies return to a more average rainfall pattern in the short term, water scarcity is becoming more of an issue in several geographies and jurisdictions.
Water isn’t just required for plant growth, of course; it’s required in large volumes for crop protection, as well.
But does water used for spraying need to be potable? Realistically no; however, depending on the area, municipal water is likely the highest quality and most convenient. Suspended particles, water hardness, and pH can turn a spray application into a nightmare if not accounted for.
Water quality matters to be sure, but there are products and processes available to use non-treated water sources for spraying. In due time, farmers may not have much choice otherwise.
Listen below to Peter Johnson’s quick discussion on what does and doesn’t matter with water when spraying, and have your say in our poll, here: