(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 11, 2009 - State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) authored a resolution thanking Purdue University's Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department for its continued work in the area of drainage water management. House Resolution 10 also encourages organizations that assist Indiana farmers to inform them of the benefits of drainage water management systems."Throughout the years, Purdue has always been at the forefront of breakthroughs in the areas of drainage water management, watershed management and crop research," Rep. Gutwein said. "That's why I would like to thank Purdue's Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department for its hard work and dedication in helping Indiana farmers."
At the Agronomy Center for Research and Education, Purdue University and the United States Department of Agriculture conduct 180 studies, including:
· Plant breeding and genetics.
· Crop production and soil tillage management.
· Plant physiology.
· Soil fertility and weed control.
· Disease and insect resistance and control.
· Variety performance evaluation for corn, soybeans, small grains, sorghum, and alfalfa.
Among the benefits achieved through drainage water management:
· Improved trafficability.
· Reduced soil compaction.
· Reduced topsoil loss.
· More nutrients being retained in the soil.
· Additional water retention for crops resulting in improved crop yields.
Fields with drainage water management systems have reduced annual nitrate loads from drains from 15 percent to 75 percent. It also reduced the amount of phosphates that leave the fields, resulting in smaller amounts of nitrates and phosphates entering Indiana's streams and rivers.