According to a University of British Columbia research team, “We learned that an average orchard typically loses around 10 percent of their yield in a regular year due to heat damage, causing a financial loss of almost $1,000 per acre. However, after losing up to 25 percent of their yield last year because of record high temperatures, these farmers are bracing for things to get worse.”
Maintaining optimal temperatures is essential for maximizing plant growth, productivity and overall plant health. A cooling irrigation system is a type of irrigation system that is designed to provide both irrigation and cooling benefits to plants, especially for orchards.
In British Columbia, the government is offering an “Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture” Program. Approved applicants can get up to $35,000.