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AMES, Iowa – The design, installation and maintenance of drainage systems is the focus of the Iowa Drainage School to be held on Aug. 21-23 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua, Iowa.
As another toxic algae season approaches, Ohio lawmakers are turning their attention to a pair of bills putting dollars behind the state's efforts to dam the flow of agricultural nutrients into Lake Erie. | READ MORE
Marquardt Farm Drainage is celebrating 50 years of operation in Palmerston, ON. Three Ontario brothers began tiling their farms to gain higher yields and improve their crops in the late 1950s. After seeing the quality work, it did not take long for neighbouring farmers to begin requesting the same for their operations. | READ MORE
Timewell Drainage Products is expanding again, taking steps to open a plastic pipe manufacturing facility in the southern United States. The company has purchased a building at 2 Industrial Parkway in Selma, AL, for the new operation. The 40,000-square-foot building sits on 20 acres in the Craig Industrial Park. 
There has been a lot of work in Ontario to establish relationships and partnerships between the drainage community, local agricultural groups and conservation authorities.  The intended goals of these partnerships have been to dispel myths about drainage, promote the adoption of innovative drainage techniques, and to use the knowledge and skills of tile drainage and erosion control contractors in achieving improved water quality and soil health.
Learning the trade of farm drainage is often a handed-down, hands-on experience from one generation to the next. In one instance though, it has also included a transfer of knowledge and practical experience internationally.
A new project by researchers at the University of Minnesota could eventually have implications for phosphorus removal from tile drainage systems on both sides of the border.
Like many successful businesses, Bedolli Excavating and Tiling, Inc. in Buffalo, IL, grew out of necessity. Andy and Brittany Bedolli, a husband-and-wife team, started with a backhoe, a bulldozer and an excavator in 2006 when they needed to make improvements to their family’s farm and soon found themselves on neighboring farms repairing tile holes.
Few innovations have contributed as much to the rise of agricultural productivity across the Northern Great Plains as the ability to remove excess water. Drainage, through a combination of underground tile and ditches, has made development for crop production, urban growth and transportation possible in conditions where it would not otherwise be feasible.
There’s a conversation happening within – and about – the drainage community right now, and it’s not necessarily a positive one.
Miles of green, mucky and potentially toxic algae blooms on western Lake Erie — and the oxygen-deprived dead zones in the Great Lake that come with them — have led Ohio to spend more than $3 billion to combat them since 2011. Michigan has chipped in millions of dollars of its own, seeking to dramatically cut a major source of fuel for the algae blooms: fertilizers that run off farmers' fields into tributaries and on to the Great Lake.
A study at 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 by the 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
Tile drainage may be the best solution to managing saturated soils, but the cost is prohibitive for many producers. However, a low-cost mechanical mole boring temporary tunnels may serve the same purpose. | READ MORE
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on April 18 explaining the latest research, installation standards and best-management practices for the use of saturated buffers in farm fields. | READ MORE

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