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Wanted: Two enthusiastic cooperators for long-term on-farm drainage studies.

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Contact: Seth Naeve, or 612-625-4298.


Researchers at the University of Minnesota are searching for two ideal sites and cooperators for a long-term study investigating the impact of tile drainage and well-drained soils on corn and soybean management practices.  The Minnesota Corn and Soybean Research and Promotion Councils are providing support for the development of two long-term sites to investigate the optimum corn and soybean production management strategies on well-drained versus poorly-drained soils.     

Researchers are seeking two 15 acre sites of uniformly poorly-drained soils in south-central Minnesota between Martin, Meeker, and Mower Counties. Additionally, the ideal site should be somewhat uniformly sloped and have minimal to no previous tile drainage.  Researchers will install drainage tile throughout the parcel this fall and will begin corn and soybean production management studies in 2011.  Research will focus on corn and soybean production management including hybrid/variety selection, populations, fungicides, diseases, insects, and fertility. 

If you have an ideal site for this type of research, are interested in supporting corn and soybean production research, and are willing to cooperate with University researchers for ten or more years, please contact Seth Naeve at or 612-625-4298.


Detailed Criteria:

Location: South-central Minnesota in a triangular area from Martin to Mower counties along the Iowa boarder extending to Meeker County to the North.

Physical Characteristics:  The site must be larger than 15 acres, relatively flat with similar soil types throughout. The site must be poorly-drained without any tile inlets, yet must have access to a good drainage outlet.  The ideal site will have few existing tile and will be near a physical access point such as a county road.

Cooperator:  The cooperator must be interested and enthusiastic about agronomic and drainage research.  The cooperator must be willing to provide a 10-year commitment to assist with this project.  The cooperator will be asked to assist with annual field days.  The cooperator will be asked to assist with specific and predefined activities such as tillage.  The cooperator will be able to harvest the crop after yield sampling by the researchers, and will be provided some compensation to offset the inconveniences of hosting such a research project.

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