Drainage water management (DWM) offers great promise to improve environmental performance and farm economic viability on tile-drained cropland. In-field experience and on-farm research have demonstrated crop production and nutrient loading reductions can be compatible goals when DWM is applied in a conservation systems approach. In the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Basins alone, the Read more about ADMC Agriculture Innovation Agenda Submission[…]
Reflecting on 2020, as strange as it was, it was also a successful year for the Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition. Membership support has continued to increase and has allowed ADMC to build valuable relationships and to educate partners throughout the Midwest and Northern Plains.
2020 has been, well 2020. Pandemic news aside, agriculture is dealing with another year of weather extremes. I was in the middle of a covid mandated Zoom call when it was cut short by a derecho event striking central Iowa. Fortunately, we came out only losing a few branches and had power back after 12 hours. However, this weather extreme, damaged an estimated 3.57 million acres of corn and 2.5 million acres of soybeans in Iowa. It also devastated Iowa’s 2nd largest city, Cedar Rapids, and many others. Of course, the derecho was not on anyone’s mind in July, but the drought conditions spreading throughout the Midwest have been.
Director’s Desk I would first like to thank all of ADMC’s returning members for your continued support. The important mission of ADMC could not be accomplished without you. Jeanne has been busy receiving and processing renewals throughout the spring, and we appear to be ahead of schedule with dues this year. We continue to try Read more about May Newsletter[…]
ADMC has entered into an agreement with the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, central Iowa to facilitate the implementation of a minimum of 25 saturated buffers by December of 2020. The saturated buffers will be located within five small HUC 12 watersheds in the county.
Director’s Desk This month’s newsletter starts off on a somber note as Paul Sweeney passed away after his battle with cancer. Paul was a long time ADMC board member who represented Ecosystem Services Exchange. I knew Paul both from his time with NRCS as well as with ESE. Paul made huge contributions to water conservation Read more about November Newsletter[…]
Pleas check out the ADMC September Newsletter to learn about the notice for the annual meeting, a public/private model for smart conservation drainage implementation, a bioreactor installation by Morreim Drainage Inc., the work of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, and the Conservation Drainage Network.
Learn about a busy July and August filled with conservation workshops and field days as well as a member spotlight from Prinsco about support to an ISU demonstration farm.
ADMC members have been busy this summer leading the way in educating landowners, farmers, and agency representatives about conservation drainage. To learn more, please check out the July Newsletter.
Director’s Desk Mother nature has not cooperated for what seems like years on end now. The wet fall shutdown most fieldwork following harvest, leaving contractors and farmers hoping for a cooperative spring to make up for lost time. That obviously has not happened. A wet fall has been parlayed into a disastrous spring. The extremely Read more about May Newsletter[…]