Drainage Control to Promote High Crop Yields and Diminish Nutrient Losses from Agricultural Fields in Minnesota

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Start Date: 2008

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Strock

Organization: University of Minnesota, Southwest Research and Outreach Center

Status: Complete

Background Information:

Agricultural drainage can help reduce year-to-year variability in crop yield, and thus the risks associated with the production of abundant, high-quality, affordable food. Farmers in the Minnesota River Basin, however, grow crops on nearly 4 million acres of poorly drained soils. Making matters worse, with much of the agricultural land containing drainage tile that runs adjacent to lakes and streams, areas that are environmentally sensitive and ecologically important, the runoff can degrade water quality in the Minnesota River and many of its tributaries.

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