Nick Hermanson of Story City has been utilizing drainage water recycling on his farms for several years. Drainage recycling utilizes ponds that hold water during the spring and early summer. The water is then applied to crop land during optimal times.
On July 22-27, the Missouri Land Improvement Contractors Association is partnering with the University of Missouri’s Greenley Research
Center to install the final phase of the country’s first Holistic Drain Water Recycling Research Farm on the Grace Greenley Farm at the Greenley Research Center in Novelty, MO, with the support of a USDA-NRCS grant.
Two-hour tours for the public will provide the latest research results on:
- terrace covercrops
- drainage water recycling and management
- bioreactors and saturated buffers
- construction considerations for reservoirs
The tour wagons will leave the main Grace Greenley Farm entrance at 1:00pm on
Monday, July 22;
Wednesday, July 24; and
Friday, July 26.
Saturated buffers store water within the soil profile of field buffers, by diverting tile water into shallow laterals that raise the water table within the buffer and slow outflow.
Drainage water recycling is the practice of capturing excess water drained from fields, storing the drained water in a pond, a reservoir, or a drainage ditch, and using the stored water to irrigate crops when there is a water deficit.
Controlled drainage, also known as drainage water management, is the practice of using a water control structure to raise the depth of the drainage outlet, holding water in the field during periods when drainage is not needed.