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Posted on June 4, 2018 at 9:45 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 6/4/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Twp.) We are holding a landowner meeting Tuesday,
June 5. Affected landowners on this
system should have been notified of details for time and location of meeting. This meeting is a continuation from our
original meeting to give updated ideas and prices to possible improvements or
repairs for this system.
Healthy Soil Awareness:
and cover crop awareness is quickly gaining strength in southern
Minnesota. Southwestern Minnesota has
been pushing extra hard for soil health and erosion issues. Local SWCD districts and watershed districts in
the Renville area went the extra mile to purchase an actual rainfall simulator.
With the use
of grants and combining local efforts from watersheds and SWCD’s, they were
able to start promoting education about cover crops back in 2015 and have been going
strong ever since. The local Renville County groups have been finding creative ways to support cover crop cost
sharing programs. They have been making
great efforts to have as many small group meetings as they can with different farmer
groups and agricultural related groups to share their rainfall simulator. The simulator just adds another visual aspect
to the learning tool box.
many local research studies that have been done or are currently going on
involving cover crops. The results are
very impressive with how the soil recovers and responds to the usage of cover
crops. From nitrogen and fertilizer retention, to increased water retention and overall better soil health, are just some of
the many benefits being seen through these research projects. Renville County is also doing a test on Iron
Chlorosis. Iron Chlorosis is when the Ph of the soil is either too high or too low and iron gets tied up in the soil profile, leaving plants lacking iron and looking very yellowish. For most of
Minnesota, a normal soil Ph would be mid 6’s.
I do know firsthand that around the Hutchinson, Gaylord and Winthrop
Minnesota areas, that soil Ph’s go much higher out of normal range. For these areas where Ph issues are an annual
battle for soybean growers, cover crop research is showing some potential
The added benefits
of cover crops and their popularity will continue to grow. Government regulations on fertilizer and some
herbicides will also continue to grow.
The push for cleaner water bodies and better drinking water is the main driving
force behind many of these sweeping changes in agriculture today. For more reading on this article and many
more like it, click and follow the link.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of May 28 – June 1:
Twp.) Rather large
sink hole forming along a county tile line.
More than likely a broken old tile that is plugged.
CD35 (Mapleton Twp.) Collapsed intake along county tile in state highway
JD07 WAT (Lincoln
Twp.) We have been trying to gain access to an old portion
of county tile to do televising. The
large amounts of water and large rainfalls lately aren’t helping us to finish
Center Twp.) We just barely had the last repair
fixed up and yet another tile collapse shows up 30 feet away from the last one. Old concrete tile system is starting to show its
JD24 (Shelby Twp.) Large sink hole over county tile in grass waterway. Usually a good sign of a broken tile that’s
sucking in a bunch of dirt from flowing water in tile.
Valley Twp.) Issues with ponding and standing
water. More than likely a plugged or
obstructed county tile or county tile intake.
Twp.) We had a contractor making needed repairs to two
portions of the open ditch. In the last
couple years, the deterioration of the open ditch areas has worsened. We are hopeful that a better solution can be
presented to help with rising and ongoing costs for repairs.
Valley Twp.) I got called out to a repair
involving a very large power pole and our 24-inch concrete county tile. Amazing the power company didn’t actually do
more damage when drilling their new pole in.
The new power pole had to be installed because the original pole started
on fire internally somehow.
Blue Earth County
Poor Farm (Rapidan Twp.)
Finishing touches were put on some
of the intakes and outlet structures for this repair project that isn’t part of
a public drainage system but is owned by Blue Earth County.
Twp.) Contractor was making a few repairs to a control
weir and repair to ditch side bank erosion issues.
call with issues you observe on our public drainage system, as there is a lot
of open ditch and tile in our county and only two of us in the drainage
department. We will do our absolute best to service your issues and
concerns as we receive them.
We require that all repairs to a county
drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage
office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist