The ISA Farmer Research Tour brings together the researchers and farmers to discuss valuable production and profitability insights along with information on edge-of-field drainage practices, such as saturated buffers and bioreactors, and water quality projects.
The Transforming Drainage database at Iowa State University, managed by Lori Abendroth and Giorgi Chighladze, is one of the most notable outputs of this project. It brings together data from the team’s 42 research sites that span field- and plot-level scale experiments in an intensively standardized and quality controlled format. This database has supported the expansion of new and existing research questions and facilitated discussions around new insights into the planning, evaluation, and implementation of drainage water storage systems. At the end of the project, the team will make this data available to the public.
Transforming Drainage Team members provide drainage-related information through various sites hosted by college and organizations. Additional websites that provide information related to drainage management practices and drainage water recycling can also be found here.
This tool provides an estimate of the potential benefits that result from capturing drained agricultural water in various sizes of water storage reservoirs [Read more…]
A saturated buffer is an innovative practice that can remove substantial nitrate from field tile drainage water before it is discharged into streams or ditches. This publication, part of the Transforming Drainage project, provides a broad overview of the benefits, costs, and other issues related to this practice.