A demonstration field day of drainage water management techniques will be held at 14425 - 550th Avenue, near Story City, Iowa, on September 10, 2008.
Managing the water table under agricultural cropping systems with gated control structures and well-planned patterned tile systems delivers a variety of benefits, according to Leonard Binstock, executive director of the Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition, including:
• reducing wintertime releases of nutrient-rich drainage water;
• allowing growers to drain the root zone for fieldwork and planting in the spring;
• and conserving water in the soil profile for crop use in the summer.
Studies show ag drainage management contributing to higher yields
The demonstration day will include presentations by grower Brent Larson, Matt Helmers an ag engineer and drainage specialist at Iowa State University; USDA-ARS Soil Scientist Dan Jaynes and Binstock. The program is funded by ADMC as part of a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to demonstrate drainage management technology and techniques.
The Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition is dedicated to promoting drainage water management to reduce nutrient enrichment of surface water, protect crops against dry spells, enhance the potential for increased yields and provide growers with an additional tool for enhancing wildlife habitat during the off-season. ADMC's Web site, www.admcoalition.com, features a wealth of information on agricultural drainage management tools and techniques, as well as data from demonstration sites in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa.
For more information on the Story City demonstration day or details on agricultural drainage water management, contact Leonard Binstock at 507-451-0073 or visit www.admcoalition.com.