Controlled drainage, also known as drainage water management, is the practice of using a water control structure to raise the depth of the … Read More
The dozers were crawling, the scrapers were filling with earth, and a dozen pieces of construction equipment were buzzing in all directions. It was the last week of July 2019, and Kelly Nelson was … Continue Reading…
This map identifies the potential suitability for subirrigation of land in the Upper Midwestern United States. It identifies agricultural land that has a restricting layer that causes the water table … Continue Reading…
Read about recent research from Kelly Nelson and co-authors on "Nutrient loss from floodplain soil with controlled subsurface drainage under forage production" … Continue Reading…
This publication covers how subirrigation through subsurface tile drains has potential to increase crop yields and improve water quality in tile-drained landscapes. … Continue Reading…
How reduced N rates, crop rotation, and cover crops decreased nitrate concentration over 30 years. … Continue Reading…
This video shows how storing water through controlled drainage or drainage water recycling leads to more resilient agricultural systems and improved downstream water quality. … Continue Reading…
Saturated buffers store water within the soil profile of field buffers, by diverting tile water into shallow laterals that raise the water … Read More
Drainage Water Recycling
Drainage water recycling is the practice of capturing excess water drained from fields, storing the drained water in a pond, a reservoir, or … Read More
Transforming Drainage is an 8-state project led by a core group of 15 leading agricultural engineers, soil scientists, agronomists, economists, social scientists, and database and GIS specialists with a common vision — to transform the way drainage is implemented across the agricultural landscape.
Contacts: Project Director Jane Frankenberger; Project Manager Ben Reinhart.
Our project team consists of leading drainage researchers and extension specialists across the Midwest, as well as modeling experts and … Read More
Our Advisory Committee includes representatives from a wide range of stakeholders to provide a network to gather feedback, deliver new … Read More
The Experimental Sites
The Transforming Drainage project is working to determine economic and environmental benefits and costs of drainage water storage practices … Read More