Combining soil and land use data to assist in targeting land use adjustment
There is increasing recognition of the need for land use changes based on the continued dismal economic prospects for traditionally exported cereal grains. In Saskatchewan, this adjustment is already occurring in the form of increased pulse and oilseed crops, and increased feed grains and forage for livestock. An important question is, where should this adjustment be occurring? While there are a number of important factors, the capability of the soils and landscapes is one of the most important. Through GIS technology it is possible to combine soil and land use data to determine if land is being used for it’s most appropriate use based on productive capability. This paper presents in detail one method, combining the 1: 100,000 RM based soil data with PFRA's Land Cover Data from 1994. Another method, using municipal assessment data developed by Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA), is discussed briefly.
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