Managing Water for Increased Resiliency of Drained Agricultural Landscapes

Drainage is an essential component of the landscape to provide suitable growing conditions for the crops that feed and support both local and global communities. This infrastructure also creates a pathway for environmental losses to occur. With anticipated changes in seasonal precipitation patterns, water security for growing crops as well as practices to minimize offsite environmental impacts are of growing interest to landowners and the public. The vision for this project is that the process of designing and implementing agricultural drainage will be transformed so that storing water in the landscape will be considered for every drainage system as a foundation for resilient and productive agricultural systems.

Project Staff: 

Jeff Strock, Jane Frankenberger, Chris Hay, Mohammed Youssef, Laura Bowling, Eileen Kladivko, Matt Helmers, Xinhua Jia, Larry Brown, Dan Jaynes, Kelly Nelson, Norm Fausey, Brent Sohngen, Axel Gardia y Garcia, and Tamas Varga