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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • SWROC soil and water management event is July 23

  • Numerous activities are planned for the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC)  fifth soil and water management field day July 23 at the Brian Hicks farm near Tracy.
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  • Numerous activities are planned for the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC)  fifth soil and water management field day July 23 at the Brian Hicks farm near Tracy. The field day is set to begin at 9 a.m. with presentations and field tours, followed by lunch and a keynote presentation at noon and a panel discussion on achieving crop production environmental quality goals at 1 p.m. The objective of this field day is to convene farmers, researchers, stakeholders and practitioners to interact on issues related to soil and water management for productivity and environmental enhancement. Drainage water management is a practice that allows a producer to exercise greater control over a drainage system in such a way as to reduce drainage during certain times of the year (when less drainage is needed) and provide for adequate drainage when needed most. Drainage water management has the po-tential to improve water quality by reducing the quantity of nutrient enriched drainage water leaving fields, and provide production benefits by extending the period of time when water is available to plants. The event is a collaboration designed to highlight progress on soil and water management research. The information from the morning program includes six papers discussing collaborative research projects which were conducted by scientists from area agencies. 
    They include the University of Minne-sota, Iowa State Univ-ersity, South Dakota State University and the Agricultural Re-search Service (USDA-ARS). Dr. Jerry Hatfield of the USDA-ARS National Lab for Agri-culture and the Envir-onment, is set to give the noontime keynote address on adaption and mitigation strategies for crop production in the face of future climate change. Other presenters and their discussion topics include: • Dr. Dennis Todey, South Dakota State University, weather variability and expectations for the 2014 growing season • Dr. John Baker, USDA-ARS, St. Paul, results of work on gas emissions from drained and undrained cropland and managed prairie • Dave Tollefson, University of Minnesota and Minnesota Depart-ment of Agriculture, soil and nutrient losses from sloping perennial vegetation and recently converted cropland; • Dr. Mike Castell-ano, Iowa State Univ-ersity, results on the fate carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide (both greenhouse gases) from drained and undrained cropland • Dr. Jeff Strock, University of Minne-sota, results about production and environmental benefits and limitations of drainage water management • Chad Ingels, Iowa State University Ex-tension; Catherine Sereg, Heron Lake Watershed District and Shawn Wohnoutka, Redwood-Cottonwood River Control Area, overview of farmer survey results about soil and water management issues. The afternoon program, beginning at 1:00 p.m., is going to feature a panel discussion on achieving crop production environmental quality goals in the face of future climate change. Panelists include: Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Commis-sioner of Agriculture; John Linc Stine, Com-missioner of Minnesota Pollution Control Agen-cy; Brian Hicks, farmer; Dr. Jerry Hatfield, USDA-ARS National Lab for Agriculture and the Environment and Warren Formo, Minne-sota Agricultural Water Resources Center. There is no cost for registration. Registra-tion includes a proceedings of field day presentations and lunch. For more information on tours and event times, visit the SWROC Web site at swroc.cfans.umn.edu or call the SWROC at (507) 752-7372.

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