Another technology that minimizes nutrient loss and improves water availability and crop yields is improved drainage-water management. This technology adjusts tile lines to reduce nutrient loss and optimize drainage as needed.

I predict that in the not too distant future water will be a more valuable resource than oil, so having water at the right place, the right amount, the right rate and the right time will be increasingly important.

I have learned a lot about this technology from Charlie Schafer, President of Agri Drain in Adair, IA. His company has developed products to accomplish this on steeper slopes where it was previously limited to fields with little or no slope. Contact Agri Drain at 800-232-4742.