Michigan State University, led by Ehsan Ghane, is investigating the effectiveness of controlled drainage in Lenawee County at two on-farm sites with varying soil types. This research will determine the effectiveness of this practice in reducing nutrient load from the field. | READ MORE
Buffer strips are the top water-quality improvement strategy in the South Fork Crow River watershed, according to new draft reports released today by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The agency and local partners are seeking public comments through May 16, 2018, about the buffer strip implementation efforts and other protection and restoration strategies. | READ MORE
It's that time of year when algal blooms thrive in Lake Erie, and experts are figuring out how to tackle all the challenges that go along with improving the water. | READ MORE
The Iowa Nutrient Research Center began accepting proposals this week from scientists to address water-quality issues related to nutrient loss from farm fields and land use practices. The center, established in 2013, selects promising proposals every year and provides funding to get them underway. | READ MORE
For many farmers, it was easy to spend money on drainage tile five years ago when profits were rolling in. What about now? As Farm Futures reports, investing in tile may be an even smarter expense these days, as long as it's being installed where it’s needed — and especially with weather extremes playing havoc on spring planting. | READ MORE
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) has responded to the Minnesota Star Tribune columnist who claimed that unregulated drainage is putting the state's wetlands at risk. Warren Formo, executive director of MAWRC, submitted a response to the column on March 26, noting that the state is one of few that have wetland regulations at the state level, and "only after it is determined that there are no wetland impacts, or any unavoidable wetland impacts are being mitigated through the creation of replacement wetlands, is the [drainage] project allowed to proceed."
Pattern tiling – the practice of laying drain tile in positions designed to move water as quickly as possible – is a common, yet unregulated, process in Minnesota, and in the opinion of some, it is hurting the states natural resources. | READ MORE
March 22 is World Water Day. Designated by the United Nations, the day is about focusing attention on the importance of water in our daily lives and on a global scale.
When an Indiana farmer let rye grow longer than usual in some fields so he could bale it for straw before planting corn, he found dead roots were plugging the tile. Though fixing the tile isn't fun, he says it's not enough of a problem to scare him away. | READ MORE
Ontario is helping Thunder Bay area farmers improve their agricultural land, diversify crops and expand their businesses.
The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) is moving into the next phase in developing practical ways to reduce the amount of phosphorus getting into local waterways from agricultural and municipal drains.
Saturated buffer research focus of webinarIowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on April 18…
Lake Erie Foundation talks improving lake water qualityIt's that time of year when algal blooms thrive in…
Controlled drainage trial happening in MichiganMichigan State University, led by Ehsan Ghane, is investigating the effectiveness…
A low-cost alternative?Tile drainage may be the best solution to managing saturated…
Canada's Farm Progress Show
June 20-22, 2018
National LICA Summer Meeting
July 9-15, 2018
Empire Farm Days
August 7-9, 2018
The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage 2018 Conference
August 12-17, 2018