Ag Brain Drain: Success in Indiana

By John Wagner

Ag Brain Drain logo“Twenty inches of rain, since the first of June,” Adam Herre told me, on June 19th, 2015. Fortunately, Herre Farms of Rensselaer, Indiana, had invested in a Wolverine Extreme ditcher equipped with AMW Machine Control’s Ditch software. They planned and built their waterways in 2014.

Last fall, Adam mapped the elevation of his farm, then had surface depression models and flow paths built by AgRePlan. He went out to the field and connected the depressions along natural flows following the model maps to several outlets. So I asked Adam this morning, “How does it look? And what is the outcome after surface draining the farm?”

He replied:

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The Innovator’s Angle: Planning Successful Projects

By Mark Williams

The Innovator's Angle logoWhether a tile system, earthworks, paving project or landfill, there are three common threads in planning a successful project:

1. A high accuracy topographic map of the project area is critical. Depending on the scope of the project the designer can use photogrammetry, GPS mobile mapping, LIDAR, or standard data collection methods. Background imaging and existing data can also be incorporated for more detail.

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