About ICDC

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ICDC was formed to provide producers with sound crop management practices when producing under irrigated conditions.

ICDC’s focus is on the research and demonstration needs of Saskatchewan’s irrigation farmers. ICDC works to ensure that these needs are met.

There are currently 19 irrigation districts that collect and pay an annual levy on behalf of their members.  Of these 19 irrigation districts, one is winding down and will be dissolved in the near future. Six other districts are listed as inactive from going through the same process in past years. There is also one district in Saskatchewan that currently has no established irrigation acres, but as development occurs, they will pay the annual levy as well. In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture pays a levy on behalf of all non-district irrigators in Saskatchewan. ICDC also seeks grants and other governmental and industry support. Collectively, these funds provide ICDC with the resources to carry out its mandate, as defined by the Saskatchewan Irrigation Act 1996.

ICDC Vision

To be the leading research and development organization for maximizing the value of irrigation.

ICDC Mission

To research and provide leadership in irrigation production.

Flowering Canola
Flowering Canola

ICDC Objectives

  • To research and demonstrate to producers and irrigation districts profitable agronomic practices for irrigated crops
  • To develop or assist in developing varieties of crops suitable for irrigated conditions
  • To provide land, facilities, and technical support to researchers to conduct research into irrigation technology, cropping systems, and soil and water conservation measures under irrigation and to provide information respecting that research to district consumers, irrigation districts and the public
  • To co-operate with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture to promote and develop sustainable irrigation in Saskatchewan.

Affiliation with Agri-ARM Sites

ICDC is one of 8 sites that are supported through provincial Agriculture-Applied Research Management (Agri-ARM) funding. This network of producer-directed applied research and demonstration organizations located across Saskatchewan participate in joint projects to promote agronomic findings for producers province-wide. The AgriARM network website is here.