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This publication, part of the Transforming Drainage series, shows how drainage water recycling can improve water quality and crop production. A 10-foot-deep reservoir representing 6% of an Indiana field area met irrigati  More...
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Learn about drainage water recycling, the challenges addressed by the practice, and why there is growing interest in the practice. For more information visit the  More...
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Learn the factors to be considered in planning, including site suitability, designing systems, experiences with permitting and regulations, and available resources for technical assistance. For more information visit th  More...
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See examples of drainage water recycling system construction in Michigan and Missouri. For more information visit the Transforming Drainage we  More...
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Learn about the management of drainage water recycling systems in Missouri and Minnesota, including managing reservoir water levels, irrigation scheduling, controlled drainage systems, and impacts on crop management. Fo  More...
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This 11-page publication describes eight tools that support decision-making for subsurface drainage systems. All tools presented are available at no cost and without creating an account. This publication is part of a ser  More...
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Part 2 of a 3-part series on a 35-year drainage study at the Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center in Butlerville, Indiana. Dr. Eileen Kladivko discusses the effects of drainage on cover crop growth and the effectiveness  More...
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Subsurface "tile" drainage is an essential agricultural water management practice on naturally poorly drained soils. This publication presents a brief synopsis of key takeaways from a 35-year study at the Southeast Purdu  More...
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This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on a 35-year drainage study at the Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center in Butlerville, Indiana. Dr. Eileen Kladivko discusses cash crop establishment and yield as affected by drain spac  More...
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Part 3 of a 3-part series on a 35-year drainage study at the Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center in Butlerville, Indiana. Dr. Eileen Kladivko discusses drain spacing effects on the amount of water and nitrate-nitrogen l  More...
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This 2-page PDF describes silage leachate, why it's important, and how you can deal with it. Silage leachate is liquid that seeps from silage storage structures. Because it is typically very high in nutrients that can ha  More...
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Plants obtain nearly all their nutrients from the soil, but not all the nutrients present in the soil are accessible to plants. That's because soil pH affects the form and, therefore, solubility of nutrients. This public  More...
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Soil pH is important because it affects the availability of nutrients a plant needs to grow and thrive. This publication explains when lowering soil pH is important for commercial producers and recommends practices to sa  More...
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If annual bedding plants have even just a few flowers, customers get an idea of what the plant looks like in full bloom, which can increase impulse purchases. However, to be able to deliver to retailers annual bedding pl  More...
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Dado que el agua es un elemento esencial, invernaderos comerciales y operaciones de viveros necesitan mantener el abastecimiento de agua en cantidad y calidad suficiente para producir plantas de manera rentable. Esta pub  More...
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Controlling plant size is one of the most important aspects of greenhouse crop production. An alternative, effective strategy for controlling plant height is to use chemical plant growth retardants (PGRs). The goals of t  More...
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Because water is so essential, commercial greenhouse and nursery operations need to maintain water supplies of sufficient quantity and quality to produce plant material profitably. This publication is not a comprehensive  More...
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This brochure provides basic information about measuring Daily Light Integrals (DLI) in greenhouses, including DLI requirements for certain crops.

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Productores de invernaderos y viveros muchas veces asumen que la presencia de hojas amarillas o pálidas son signos de deficiencias nutricionales. A veces, sin embargo, el problema se debe a la ausencia de nutrientes  More...
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) released the 2007 Census of Agriculture on February 4, 2009. State and federal policy makers, researchers, extension personnel, growe  More...
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El monitoreo del pH y la conductividad eléctrica (CE) de medios de crecimiento nos da la habilidad de corregir este tipo de inconvenientes antes de que se conviertan en problemas que pudieran perjudicar a los cultiv  More...
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En la producción comercial bajo invernadero varias estrategias pueden emplearse para manejar de manera adecuada los niveles de luz a lo largo del día y según las temporadas del año. Esta publicaci  More...
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Growers often do not have a clear understanding of the underlying causes behind increased substrate pH—water alkalinity, rather than water pH, is typically the source of the problem. This publication helps growers  More...
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Monitoring the pH and electrical conductivity (EC) of growing substrates is a way to correct issues before they become problems that damage crops. This publication recommends best practices for establishing a pH and EC t  More...
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This 8-page publication answers 27 frequently asked questions about drainage water management for Midwest corn and soybean cropping systems. Drainage water management is one strategy to reduce the nitrate loads in draina  More...
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Monitoring nitrate nitrogen in field drainage tile outlets has important implications for water quality and efficient production agriculture. This publication provides some general guidelines for interpreting nitrate  More...

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This publication provides information about surface drainage, tile drains, and ditches for the soils of Indiana. The publication focuses on three main areas: soil drainage associations, descriptions of soil drainage asso  More...
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This publication covers the hydrological and ecological importance of wet soils. It covers the basic characteristics of wet soils, how they function in their natural state, and how they might react to drainage for agricu  More...
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This publication discusses the likely effects of drainage improvements, the yield value of those improvements, the factors determining the economics of drainage, and how to calculate returns to a drainage investment. T  More...
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This publication seeks to answer the commonly asked questions about terraces, including "What are the different types?," "How do they work?," "Where are they most effective (or ineffective)?," "What does it take to con  More...
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This publication provides the comparative costs of various energy sources for irrigation pumping and other factors that must be considered in selecting a particular energy source.  More...
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Runoff from open feedlots must be controlled so that it does not enter a stream. Settling basins and infiltration channels are simple, effective, economical means of runoff control. This publication discusses design, and  More...
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