The aim of this research is to gain a better understanding of how agriculture fits within the regional water cycle in the Upper Midwest. This project will use a combination of measurements made at field and regional scales, and mesoscale meteorology-land surface modeling to determine agriculture’s contribution to regional evapotranspiraton (ET), and how changing management to increase water storage coupled with supplemental irrigation can enhance productivity and affect regional hydrology.
Research Category: Water Quality
This project supports an area of emphasis within the University of Minnesota Extension for an Extension Educator (Soil-Water and Nutrient Management emphasis). This position’s main objective is to focus on issues pertaining to water quality/nutrient management. Sub-objectives relate to: 1) drainage planning and design for water management; 2) incorporating information relating drainage management to soil nutrient management; and 3) incorporating relevant issues in tillage and manure management to provide additional value and information to corn growers.