Best Management Practices: Cropland Drainage

Cropland DrainageMany Ontario farms rely on drainage systems to remove excess water, extend field access, lengthen the growing season, conserve topsoil, and generally make best use of agricultural lands. This 64 page book provides information on the many improvements in drainage technology.

Cropland Drainage describes drainage as part of an on-farm soil management system, and many complementary BMPs for erosion control, and healthy soils, cropland, and adjacent natural areas apply. Specific BMPs for surface drainage include inlets and erosion control structures.

The book details how to diagnose subsurface drainage problems, and takes a step-by-step approach to designing a new system – including drainage coefficient, drainpipe depth, spacing, sizing and layout. The construction section includes handy checklists for landowners and contractors. Inspection, maintenance, and troubleshooting are also covered. Key legislation and a glossary round out the 64-page book.

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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 23 September 2008
Last Reviewed: 29 October 2013