Think Strategy, Not Space, When Planning Farm Drainage Systems

Let’s consider a “common-sense” question: Would you rather your drainage waterway take up more or less space on your farmland? The answer seems simple. The more land you use…

Snowmelt, Manure, Fertilizer and Safe Agricultural Drainage

A few weeks ago, the majority of the continental United States saw an onslaught of snow. It’s January, so farmers in the American heartland are not worried about their…

More Storms are Coming. Make Sure Your Agricultural Drainage Systems are Prepared.

There is nothing that can protect farmers along the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, and in the Caribbean from hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Reports suggest that farms…

Adrian Coles: An Influence for Nancy’s Blankets and Hedgehog Saint

Nancy’s Blankets was founded with many intentions, among them to prevent erosion on drainage ditches, to prevent excess nitrates from entering waterways, and to provide quality drainage to farmers…

Legal Decisions in Iowa and What It Means for Safe Drinking Water

After a tense two years, one of the most notable lawsuits in recent agricultural memory has been decided by the Iowa Supreme Court. The suit was brought by the…

New Drain Tile and Grass Waterways: A Farm Disaster That Could Have Used Both

More often than not, we at Watershed Materials are discussing two essential pieces of agricultural planning: Drain tile, drainage waterways, or both. Unfortunately for one farm in Auburn, NY,…

Nancy’s Blankets Helps Preserve 21 Ohio Endangered Species

Destruction of habitat is an obvious culprit in the threat to endangered species. But did you know that preservation of habitat can be almost as dangerous? You may not…

Farmers Appreciate Clean Waterways More Than Anyone

The good news—for readers not involved in the agriculture industry—is that farmers are genuinely passionate for keeping the Earth as clean as possible. The more green our fields are,…

Why Farmers in Michigan, and Elsewhere, Should Improve Drainage Waterways

Farmers in Southeast Michigan may have incentive to pursue more efficient and more eco-friendly drainage methods to their fields in the near future. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program announced…