Beneficial bioreactors: Protecting water quality is the goal
"Our long-term goal is investigating, developing, evaluating, and transferring practices that maintain the benefits of agricultural subsurface drainage while minimizing unwanted environmental impacts," says Hay.
The five established demonstration sites are near Baltic, Montrose, Arlington, Beresford and Canton. They will be utilized for field days and the monitoring results will be publically available.
A collaborative effort has made these demonstration sites possible. The effort involves researchers from the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Water Resources Institute at SDSU and is supported by a grant from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Additional support comes from South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, East Dakota Water Development District, the South Dakota Farm Bureau, the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the Vermillion Basin Water Development District. Learn more about this research at www.sdstate.edu/abe/wri/research-projects/bioreactors.cfm.