Conservation drainage practices, applied in a conservation systems approach, offer great promise to improve environmental performance and farm economic viability on artificially-drained cropland. However, despite their benefits, producers are not adopting these practices on a widespread basis on tile-drained cropland. To better understand this situation, ADMC, along with members of the Conservation Drainage Network Growth Subcommittee, invites contractors to participate in a brief survey. The goal is to help us learn more about how conservation drainage practices are recommended and explained, as well as the limitations and barriers to adoption. The Conservation Drainage Network is a national partnership with the goal of improving conservation drainage practices to better meet future demands for crop production while enhancing environmental benefits through producer adoption of practical conservation solutions that
Do you know what’s below the ground? It’s a simple question, but many excavators are not aware that buried beneath the ground is an extensive network of millions of miles of pipes, wires and cables that transport natural gas and other energy resources, electricity, telecommunications, water, and sewage. Contacting 811 is more than a call. Contacting 811 prior to excavating is just one of the critical steps that must be taken to help prevent undesirable impacts such as an injury or a life-threatening situation, property damage, environmental harms, and financial loss when an excavation damages underground utilities. A “Call before you Dig,” One Call notification system, 811, exists in every state, and the call is toll-free. Pipeline damages may be low-frequency events, but have high
The ADMC annual meeting, hosted by ISG Inc., was held in Bloomington, MN. on Wednesday October 27th. It was great to be able to meet in person and I do not think there is a way to have come out of the meeting and without being energized or enthusiastic about the future of water management. ADMC and its members have had an active year as discussions ranged from how to increase value to landowners in the Red River Valley while incorporating constructed wetlands to innovative uses of sub-irrigation in the Southeast United States. ADMC and its members also discussed next level projects that moved conservation drainage practices beyond demonstration and towards scalable implementation. ADMC along with LICA looks to bring a call to action forward,
The Polk County Saturated Buffer Project formed a SWCD-County-IDALS-NRCS-ADMC partnership and created a new framework to remove barriers to adoption in order to install saturated buffers and bioreactors at a significant pace. The partnership is proud to announce that the project is moving to the next phase as the combined 51 saturated buffer and bioreactor sites are now out to bid for installation. The bidding packages are open until April 1, 2021 with submittal instructions found in the bid documents. The bids can be submitted to John Swanson, Watershed Management Authority Coordinator, via email. The packages include: Eastern Polk County Group – 5 saturated buffers and 3 bioreactors Walnut Creek Group – 2 saturated buffers and 1 bioreactor Fourmile Creek Group – 33 saturated buffers,
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 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has estimated 29.2 million cropland acres are potentially suitable for the implementation of DWM. The absence of DWM on these cropland acres represents an opportunity forgone for both farmers and the environment. That is, water quality benefits are not optimized, crop production and resilience are diminished, and full farm income potentials are not achieved absent the implementation of DWM using a conservation systems approach. Adoption
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.