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Wet conditions cause drainage headaches for Iowa farmers


April 2, 2019
By KIWA Radio

Wet conditions in Iowa have caused issues with the handling of animal waste and increased manure runoff concerns. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is advising producers to be aware of conditions and contact their local DNR field office if they have questions about manure spreading. 

Iowa State University Extension says they can help with drainage issues and designing facilities to handle the issue. Agriculture engineer Kris Kohl says farmers can use free Geographic Information Systems (GIS) images to assess the current and future drainage needs of the farm, as well as use free websites to calculate te performance of plastic drainage tubing. According to Kohl, farmers also should consider new surface intakes that take less maintenance and solve side-hill seeps. | READ MORE