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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: new data resource from the Transforming Drainage Project

item Abendroth, Lori
item CHIGHLADZE, GIORGI - Iowa State University
item HERZMANN, DARYL - Iowa State University
item HELMERS, MATTHEW - Iowa State University
item AHIABLAME, LAURENT - North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University
item Allred, Barry
item BOWLING, LAURA - Purdue University
item BROWN, LARRY - The Ohio State University
item FAUSEY, NORMAN - Retired ARS Employee
item FRANKENBERGER, JANE - Purdue University
item JAYNES, DAN - Retired ARS Employee
item JIA, XINHUA - North Carolina State University
item KJAERSGAARD, JEPPE - Minnesota Department Of Agriculture
item King, Kevin
item KLADIVKO, EILEEN - Purdue University
item NELSON, KELLY - University Of Missouri
item PEASE, LINDSAY - University Of Minnesota
item REINHART, BENJAMIN - Clark Farm Drainage, Inc
item STROCK, JEFF - University Of Minnesota
item YOUSSEF, MOHAMED - North Carolina State University

Submitted to: ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/1/2021
Publication Date: 11/7/2021
Citation: Abendroth, L.J., Chighladze, G., Herzmann, D., Helmers, M., Ahiablame, L., Allred, B.J., Bowling, L., Brown, L., Fausey, N., Frankenberger, J., Jaynes, D., Jia, X., Kjaersgaard, J., King, K.W., Kladivko, E., Nelson, K., Pease, L., Reinhart, B., Strock, J., Youssef, M. 2021. new data resource from the Transforming Drainage Project [abstract]. ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting, November 7-10, 2021, Salt Lake City, Utah. Available:

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The Transforming Drainage Team (USDA-NIFA funded "Managing Water for Increased Resiliency of Drained Agricultural Landscapes”, 2015-2020) has investigated the suitability and possibility of managing drainage water more dynamically. We have worked to advance the process of designing and implementing agricultural drainage systems for storing water in the landscape to improve the resiliency and productivity of agricultural systems. To accomplish this, we knew we needed a robust data set that was temporally and spatially diverse. Extensive quality control, standardization, and effort were necessary to build this large data set in a matter of years. The team has recently published these data at USDA National Ag Library Ag Data Commons (doi:10.15482/USDA.ADC/1521092). In addition, a companion website,, is now available allowing users to dynamically query, visualize, and access site photographs and maps. The data span 39 research sites from 1996 to 2018 for drainage water recycling, controlled drainage, and saturated buffer practices. In total, 221 variables are available and include 206 site-years (SY) for tile drainage, 183 SY for nitrate-N concentration, 92 SY for water table depth, and 196 SY for crop yield. Water measurements are reported on a daily basis. When collection was event-based data were interpolated. We encourage others to use data for gaining insights into factors and key drivers of agronomic and environmental performance of drainage practices, calibrating or validating hydrologic or agroecosystem models, and to couple with projections from regional climate models to extrapolate observed results to other climate regimes.