Drainage Research

The Experimental Drainage Field at the Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC) was initiated in 1983 by researchers in Purdue's Departments of Agronomy and Agricultural & Biological Engineering.

The original goal of the project was to evaluate the effectiveness of modern subsurface drainage practices on both soil drainage and crop yield, on a soil that was traditionally not subsurface- ("tile-") drained. Additional goals were added time and included study of nitrate and pesticide leaching into drain water as well as impacts of drainage and agronomic management practices on soil quality.

Funding: Purdue Ag. Research Programs; USDA-NIFA Hatch project 87887

Contact Us


Dr. Eileen Kladivko
Professor of Agronomy
Soil Physics & Management
(765) 494-6372

The Experimental Drainage Plots (★) are located on Clermont Silt Loam at the Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC) near Butlerville, IN.

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Latest Summaries

Click to view the latest research summaries from the Experimental Drainage Plots: