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Research Project: Long-term Management of Water Resources in the Central Mississippi River Basin

Location: Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research

Title: Corn yield response to drainage water recycling using subirrigation

item NELSON, KELLY - University Of Missouri
item KJAERSGAARD, JEPPE - Minnesota Department Of Agriculture
item REINHART, BENJAMIN - Purdue University
item FRANKENBERGER, JANE - Purdue University
item WILLISON, REBECCA - University Of Missouri
item GUNN, KPOTI - University Of Wisconsin
item LEE, CHARLOTTE - Purdue University
item Abendroth, Lori
item BOWLING, LAURA - Purdue University
item RASHID NIAGHI, ALI - Benson Hill

Submitted to: Extension Publications
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/6/2021
Publication Date: 6/15/2021
Citation: Nelson, K., Kjaersgaard, J., Reinhart, B., Frankenberger, J., Willison, R., Gunn, K., Lee, C., Abendroth, L.J., Bowling, L., Rashid Niaghi, A. 2021. Corn yield response to drainage water recycling using subirrigation. Purdue University Extension Bulletin. ABE-163. Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University. p. 1-8. Available:

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Drainage water recycling is a practice of capturing and storing agricultural surface and subsurface drainage water in a reservoir, and then reusing that water as supplemental irrigation. This innovative approach to drainage water management can provide several benefits within drained agricultural landscapes. First, less nitrogen and phosphorus are lost from the field to impact the downstream waters. Second, the ability to reuse that nutrient-rich water as supplemental irrigation in critical development stages can increase crop yields. Drainage water recycling systems can be implemented and managed in a variety of ways to fit the characteristics of a given site or a management style. Much of the research that was evaluated for this publication focused on the use of subirrigation as the primary irrigation technique.