Dugout aeration study answers
by Stephen Madden, Alberta
Fairview and Reynold Woelcke, PFRA, Peace River
For years there have been ongoing
debates as to the most effective methods and devices for proper dugout aeration.
To answer some of these questions, PFRA staff in Peace River
collected information that compares both different aeration
devices and the differences between aerated and non-aerated
dugouts. The three year study involved 18 dugouts located
in the Falher, Alberta area, south of Peace River.
main purpose of dugout aeration is to prevent the problem
of black, smelly dugout water caused by decaying
matter resulting from a lack of dissolved oxygen in
the dugout water.
PFRA studies have shown that unless a dugout is properly
aerated, this problem can occur not only during winter,
but also throughout the summer months [..]