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August 20, 2019

Farmers continue to invest in tile despite tough finances

Between 2012 and 2017, tiled acres increased by 77 percent in the 48 states with tiling, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The investment in tile comes at a time when commodity prices are low, trade is uncertain, and the weather is unpredictable.

How farm drains become fish habitat

A group of researchers with the Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program are classifying fish found in farm drains in southwestern Ontario. A farm drain is considered a fish habitat and a small drain may support schools of brook trout, while a large drain may have a few suckers.

Australian company will produce new phosphorus absorption product

Australian environmental company Phoslock Environmental Technologies signed an agreement to manufacture, sell and distribute a reusable phosphorus absorption product developed by an international university.
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Featured Story

Buffer benefits

With the spotlight on environmental sustainability, riparian buffers have become a buzzword. But what are the benefits of planting trees, grass, and shrubs along a stream next to a field? A multi-year research study from Oxford County, ON, looked at the benefits and recommended practices of planting a buffer to improve water quality. » Read more...
DC Photo Contest

Drainage Contractor's 2019 Cover Photo Contest

You could be featured on the cover of our November issue! Drainage Contractor and The Plastics Pipe Institute want to showcase the work of contractors during the busiest time of the year for drainage.

Show us what makes up your tiling season – the challenges, the successes and the ins and outs of your season – and you could be our next cover. Photos will be accepted until September 30, 2019. >> Click here to learn more

Iowa Drainage School

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