Questions and answers about drainage water recycling for the Midwest
An 8-page publication (ABE-156-W), part of the Transforming Drainage project, that provides a broad overview of the benefits, costs and issues related to drainage water recycling systems.
Questions and answers about saturated buffers
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 (ABE-160-W), part of the Transforming Drainage project, provides a broad overview of the benefits, costs, and other issues related to this practice.
Corn yield response to drainage water recycling using subirrigation
Drainage water recycling is a practice of capturing and storing agricultural surface and subsurface drainage water in a reservoir, and then reusing that water as supplemental irrigation. This innovative approach to drainage water management can provide several benefits within drained agricultural landscapes. This publication (ABE-163-W) synthesizes the impact of this practice on corn yield and yield variability from 53 site-years at seven sites across the Midwest.
Tools to inform and transform drainage
This 11-page publication (ABE-164) describes eight tools that support decision-making for subsurface drainage systems. All tools presented are available at no cost and without creating an account.
Potential benefits of drainage water recycling: A case study from Indiana
This publication (ABE-165), part of the Transforming Drainage series, shows how drainage water recycling can improve water quality and crop production. A 10-foot-deep reservoir representing 6% of an Indiana field area met irrigation needs for all but the most severe drought years.