Start Date: 2008
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Strock
Organization: University of Minnesota, Southwest Research and Outreach Center
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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