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Innovative Drainage Live Demo

Saturday, June 15, 2019
77722 London Road, behind Huronview Seniors' Complex, Clinton, Ontario


Public gets chance to visit innovative drainage project in Clinton, Ontario on June 15, 2019

The public is welcome to stop by one of Ontario’s most innovative field drainage sites as it is being installed on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Huronview Demonstration Farm, near Clinton. The event will include live installation, wagon rides, workshops, food trucks and a trade show.

The field is located behind the Huronview complex (77722 London Road, Clinton) and all are welcome to drop in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Admission is $5 per person. 

The event is being run by Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA), which is a volunteer board of farmers that are passionate about improving soil and water quality. HSCIA has a fifteen-year agreement with the County of Huron to farm on the 47-acre Huronview Demo Farm field with cover crops, no-till, and best practices.

“We knew we needed to invest in field drainage there in order to control erosion and we took this opportunity to try the most innovative system out there,” said Doug Walker, President of HSCIA. “And by partnering with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), we’re able to use it for research.” 

“It is an unprecedented partnership,” said Melisa Luymes, Project Coordinator. “We’re bringing agricultural, drainage, and environmental stakeholders together to innovate and research for water quality,” she said. “The project is made possible with Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) funding from the federal and provincial governments, along with Huron County’s support.”

Drainage is essential for farming, but it needs to be designed well to reduce the potential for impacts downstream, according to Luymes. “Essentially, we’re trying to ‘shut off’ drainage systems with underground control gates at certain times of the year,” she said. “It works on flat fields in Ontario, but the key to making it work on a slope is that lateral tiles need to be installed on contour at a very precise grade. Conventional tile lines usually run straight, but these will curve around the field. It should be really interesting to see.”

This is the first time in Ontario that controlled drainage will be tried on a slope, according to Luymes. An Illinois-based drainage design company, AGREM, made the plans for the site and the designers, Jeremy and Bob Meiners, will be presenting their work on June 15 as well.  

The site will feature a side-by-side-by-side plot of contoured/controlled drainage, conventional drainage, and an area that will remain undrained. Water quality and quantity will be measured, along with yield and soil data. The site also features a research plot comparing 15-foot vs 30-foot tile spacing and a demonstration of surface drainage with terraces and a grassed waterway.

Farmers, drainage contractors, and the public are invited to attend the field day on June 15. There will be wagon rides to take visitors through the field sites to learn about contoured and controlled drainage, wetlands, water quality, terraces and soil health.

The project is being funded and supported by more than a dozen partners so far, including the Huron County Clean Water Project, the Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (LICO), Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) along with four local drainage contractors and three tile manufacturers. This project is also funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of the Partnership in Ontario. 

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You are invited to attend the Drainage Day - Innovative Drainage Live Demo on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drop in! Only $5.

It is at the Huron County Demonstration Farm, behind the Huronview Seniors' Complex, 77722 London Road, Clinton, Ontario

Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA) is working with industry and other soil and water partners to install and research "the most innovative field drainage systems Ontario has ever seen." 

Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association is inviting contractors, agricultural producers, and the public to attend the installation, workshops and an industry trade show. 

Huron Soil and Crop invites drainage, agricultural, and water and soil stakeholders to take part in the day and contribute to the successful installation of this innovative, leading-edge drainage and water quality research project.

Stop in to witness contoured and controlled tile with surface drainage terraces installed.

Stay for workshops, food trucks, and a trade show.

Drop in anytime from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Field tour leaves every 20 minutes
  • Trade show and interactive displays
  • Equipment demos
  • Food trucks (lunch for purchase)
  • Workshops running all day
Workshop Schedule 

(*Continuing education unit CEU credits offered)

10:15 - Kirsten Grant — Agricultural drainage and water quality
11:00 - Speaker — Soil health, infiltration and water quality
11:45 - Sid VanderVeen — Ten things you didn’t know about tile drainage
12:30 - Jeremy Meiners — Drainage Innovation
1:15 - Kirsten Grant — Agricultural drainage and water quality
2:00 Speaker — Soil health, infiltration and water quality
2:45 Sid VanderVeen — Ten things you didn’t know about tile drainage

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