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Edge of Field Practices: Water Quality Solutions for Farmers and Landowners

More tile drainage is installed in Illinois and the Midwest every year in agricultural fields. Tile drainage allows farmers to optimize spring planting. It has also been shown to contribute nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways. Explore these edge-of-field conservation practices farmers and landowners can adopt to reduce nitrogen losses from tile drains into ditches and streams: drainage water management, bioreactors, saturated buffers, and constructed wetlands.