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UW Discovery Farms Releases Publication on Tile Drainage
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/24/2017

'The Extent of Tile Drainage in Wisconsin,' a new publication from the University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms, is now available at UW-Extension's Learning Store. The project highlights the extent of tile drainage in Wisconsin, how the total number of tile drainage acres vary by state, the differences in estimates across different data collection methods and possible trends over time.

The extension publication compares five different sources of data for eight Midwestern states. Discover Farms Communications Manager Callie Herron says determining the extent of tile drainage has not received the attention it deserves.

"We are hoping to use our understanding of the extent of drainage in Wisconsin to better target our tile management outreach efforts," Herron explained. "In Wisconsin, the areas with the most extensive tile drainage are the Easternmost counties, which also drain into the Lake Michigan Basin. In these areas, the promotion of best management practices to reduce phosphorus loss must include emphasizing practices that reduce phosphorus loss from tile drainage."

The UW-Extension Learning Store can be found at: www.learningstore.uwex.edu.

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