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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Testing the Ability of Drainmod 5.1 to Simulate the Effect of Water Table Management Practices on Nitrate Nitrogen in Drainage Water

Authors
item Zwierschke, Eric - OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
item Fausey, Norman
item Brown, Larry - OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Submitted to: ASAE Annual International Meeting
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: July 20, 2002
Publication Date: July 20, 2002
Citation: ZWIERSCHKE, E., FAUSEY, N.R., BROWN, L. TESTING THE ABILITY OF DRAINMOD 5.1 TO SIMULATE THE EFFECT OF WATER TABLE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON NITRATE NITROGEN IN DRAINAGE WATER. ASAE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MEETING. 2002. ASAE Paper # 022106.

Technical Abstract: This project calibrated and validated DRAINMOD 5.1 for prediction of nitrate concentrations in drainage water from conventional and combined (controlled/subirrigated) drainage plots. Weather, soil, water quality and hydrology data collected at Piketon, Ohio during 1996 and 1997 were used. Results indicated that DRAINMOD 5.1 was able to predict daily water table heights (within 30 cm) for both conventional and combined drainage practices on Omulga silt loam soil. DRAINMOD 5.1 predicted cumulative nitrate loads adequately for conventional drainage. Predictions for combined drainage consistently overestimated the nitrate loads, perhaps because the nitrogen cycle rate reactions were not modeled as a funtion of soil water content, or because the simulated plant removal of N was too low.

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