Minnesota's Legacy

Highway 90 Drainage Demonstration Site

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,350
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,165
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Demonstration/Pilot Project
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Blue Earth
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, Chapter 6, Article 2, Sec.3
Appropriation Language

M.L.2011: (d) $775,000 the first year and $775,000 the second year are for research, pilot projects, and technical assistance on proper implementation of best management practices and more precise information on nonpoint contributions to impaired waters.This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016. 

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,350
Direct expenses
$23,350
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  • Number of producers that visit this demonstration site per year
  • Number of field days, presentations and other educational events per year
  • Number of years that field scale data has been collected
Description of Funds
$27,165 was allocated in FY2010-2011 and $23,350 was allocated in FY2012.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Sec. 2
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2009: (d) $695,000 the first year and $1,570,000 the second year are for research, pilot projects, and technical assistance related to ways agricultural practices contribute to restoring impaired waters and assist with the development of TMDL plans.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,165
Direct expenses
$27,165
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  • Number of producers that visit this demonstration site per year
  • Number of field days, presentations and other educational events per year
  • Number of years that field scale data has been collected
Description of Funds
$27,165 was allocated in FY2010-2011 (reported under FY10) and $23,350 was allocated in FY2012.
Recipient Board Members
Not Applicable
Project Overview

This demonstration sites provides information on the characteristics of agricultural drainage from a typical field in south-central Minnesota. Results will help researchers evaluate the environmental and economic impacts of specific management practices.

The goals of this site are:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of nutrient and pesticide Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Evaluate different management practices and compare the environmental and economic benefits
  • Evaluate farm profitability using different crop management practices

 

For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Fund website.

About the Issue

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture operates a network of drainage demonstration sites around the state, each designed to evaluate the quality and quantity of water and agricultural chemicals moving through subsurface drainage tile. These sites evaluate different methods of reducing phosphorus and / or nitrogen loss on agricultural lands and provide critical information about the characteristics of agricultural drainage.

Project Details

The field is 32 acres in size. The northern half of the field has a 80 ft. patterned tile system and the southern half has a 50 ft. spacing system. This design allows researchers to evaluate the impact of tile spacing on the quality and quantity of water drainage from an agricultural field.

This site will also evaluate and compare different nitrogen and phosphorous management practices, specifically timing and rate of application.

Project Manager
First Name
Bill
Last Name
VanRyswyk
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
422 Belgrade Avenue
City
North Mankato
State
MN
Zip Code
56003
Phone
(507) 387-1663
Email
Bill.vanryswyk@state.mn.us