We need to realize that dealing with water quantity impacts on our surface water in new and innovative ways on our agricultural landscape is one way we can reduce peak flows. The future use of tile to transport water off farm fields needs to be done differently than in the past and it can be done. Managed drainage is a reality and has been proven to work well on certain landscapes. During drought it can even maintain ...more »
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is voluntary and requires some of the Best Management Practices to protect our water. If ethanol producers, who consume about 30% of our corn, required MAWQC to sell corn for ethanol the industry, and the farmers would show a real committment to rural water quality.
When polluting is free and conservation costs money, it's no surprise that we see more land use pollution and less conservation on the landscape in rural areas. In an state without effective regulations to address farm runoff and widespread fertilizer pollution to our rivers and groundwater, we shouldn't be surprised to see nitrate fertilizer pollution increasing in Minnesota rivers. Conventional farm soils also hold ...more »