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Groups express disappointment, confusion with new WOTUS water rule

Some groups have taken issue with the unclear definition of “navigable waters” and say this could affect drainage decisions.

Evaluating returns necessary to justify installation of tile drainage

A group of researchers from the Midwest have created a methodology using Excel to determine the yearly break-even benefit required to cover the investment of tile installation.

Ag in brief: USDA to invest in infrastructure, Ottawa to support Indigenous food security

Plus, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture has expressed a desire to continue working with the government on a fair resolution to tariffs on imported fertilizer.

Optimize your water table. Optimize your yield.

It’s important to pay attention to drainage when analyzing your farm’s performance. Trimble’s WM-Drain® farm drainage solution, paired with WM-Subsurface™ design software, is a toolset that streamlines the survey, analysis, design, installation, and verification steps of surface and subsurface drainage. Complete all your drainage operations with one integrated solution providing significant benefits, such as: improving crop yields by up to 30%, maintaining a more developed root zone for better nutrient absorption, removing excess water from the field and lower plant stress, and reducing field compaction and minimize soil erosion.
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Yields, slopes and cost

A year in drainage

For many, 2022 represented a return to normalcy. While drainage work largely continued uninterrupted in the face of COVID-19, the lifting of restrictions meant this year marked a return to in-person conferences, workshops and trade shows. Beyond that, trends emerged and strengthened in drainage that helped to elevate the practice and increase its profile on the world stage. Increased interest in conservation drainage and water management propelled the industry forward, governments invested in drainage and GroundBreakers were named. Here are Drainage Contractor’s top picks from 2022. » Read more...
The Water Table

New Water Table Episode with Iowa Farmer, Kellie Blair

Kellie Blair farms with her husband, AJ near Dayton, Iowa. Blair Farms LLC is a fourth-generation farm focusing on improvements and conservation. The Blair's are part of a pilot program for drainage recycling funded by the EPA, the Iowa Department of Land and Ag Stewardship and the Iowa Soybean Association. In this episode, Jamie sits down with Kellie to talk about cover crops, the future of farming, and the pilot program that she and her husband AJ have volunteered to be a part of. Listen online at www.watertable.ag/65 or anywhere you listen to podcasts. » Listen now...

ILICA trade show

Jan. 20-21
Location: Iowa
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LICO annual drainage conference

Jan. 25-26
Location: Ontario
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