WEST FARGO — Tile drainage of farm fields has been cast as a villain that aggravates flooding in the Red River Valley, but also held out as a great hope for better managing runoff to minimize flooding.
State agriculture and water quality officials urge Wisconsin livestock farmers to avoid spreading manure in coming days in those areas where forecasted rain and snowmelt are expected to increase the risk of runoff.
The North Dakota Discovery Farms project is monitoring water runoff at three locations. Two are livestock operations, and the third involves tile-drained fields. Special equipment has been installed at all three sites to measure water quality and quantity. The three farms are expected to remain in the program for at least five years.
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