Field Buffers
Reduced Tillage
Water Quality
Soil Health
Plant Materials



  • Flow Meters

Flow meters are used to measure and manage the amount of water flowing through a pipe.  The amount of flow plus the amount of time the well is operating plus the size of the field is used to determine the amount of water applied to a field.  This is normally expressed in acres inches of water.

  • Tail-Water Recovery System

The capture of field runoff is called tail water recovery.  The runoff is stored in an enclosed ditch, pond, or lake.  The stored water can be re-lifted and used to irrigate crops.  Re-lifting the water is cheaper than operating a well.  Another benefit to water quality is that the sediment settles out and does not leave the farm.  Tail water recovery reduces the negative impact on the ground water aquifer.

  • Slotted Board Riser

Slotted Board Riser demonstrates water management and field grade control.  The boards are inserted at the inlet to hold water and can be used to control the outlet elevation of the field.  When water is held in a field, soil sediments are allowed to settle out allowing clean water to leave the field.  Winter flooding of fields maximizes sediment retention and wildlife enhancement during winter months.

  • Box Inlet Pipe

Box Inlet Pipe is used to safely drop tail water into the outlet ditch.  This type pipe prevents erosion into the field by stabilizing the ditch grade.

  • Side Inlet Irrigation

Side inlet irrigation is used to irrigate fields with straight levees filling each paddy at the same time.  It results in less water being used to irrigate a crop.  For this reason side inlet irrigation is a tool to manage water quantity usage on a farm.  This practice saves water, time, and labor.  It reduces excess runoff.















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Last modified: 05/21/13