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Environment and agriculture working together at demo farm

Reference: CTV News

CLINTON, ONT. -- A crop is only as good as the soil it’s grown in, and the soil is only as good as the farmer’s efforts to protect it and the enviornment that surrounds it.

“It’s always a balance with environmental considerations and getting the most agricultural productivity. Everyone I know wants to see that balance met,” says Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority.

That collective goal of balancing farming and the environment has brought together farmers, conservation authorities and drainage experts to 50 acres on the edge of Clinton

Last year, three different kinds of drainage were cut into the fields: conventional, contoured drainage (following the contours of the land) and controlled drainage, which actually has valves to control the water coming off the fields.

The goal is to see what kind of drainage works best to balance growing fantastic crops and limiting farm run-off of things like phosphorus, which can lead to problems downstream.

“We are concerned about what’s leaving our land. The only way to control that is to learn about it, and that’s what we’re doing here,” says Alan Willits, with the Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association... Read More