Edge of Field Practices

Edge of Field Practices Harvest Positive Outputs and Outcomes

Saturated Buffers

A saturated buffer is a vegetated, riparian buffer constructed along the edge of a crop field utilizing a subsurface drainage system, designed to intercept the tile drainage before it leaves the field. The goal of the saturated buffer is to hydrologically reconnect the subsurface drainage outlet with the edge of field buffer and take advantage of both the denitrification and plant nutrient uptake opportunities in the perennial vegetation of the buffer.

Our agricultural compliance and engineering team can take you through all phases of design, construction, and monitoring before tile water is discharged to a waterway.

Denitrifying Bioreactors

Denitrifying bioreactors are installed along field edges to intercept the tile drainage outlet and denitrify the nitrate‐laden water before it is discharged to a downstream surface water body. A bioreactor consists of a buried trench filled with wood chips through which the tile water flows.

Our agricultural compliance and engineering team can take you through all phases of design, construction, and monitoring of a bioreactor installation. We also source the wood chips to ensure your design meets the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and specifications.

Wetlands

Wetlands can be described as transition zones where the land meets the water. Edge of field wetlands are strategically placed wetlands that intercept tile drainage water from crop fields with the goal to improve water quality through nitrogen removal.

Our agricultural compliance and engineering team has the expertise to take you through the design, construction, and monitoring of edge of field wetlands.

Surface Water Monitoring and Testing

Surface water monitoring and testing enable agricultural producers and conservation partners to quantify the impacts of edge of field conservation practices on water quality. For facilities located within close proximity of a stream, our team collects water samples above and below stream from the facility.