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This diagram demonstrates how a controlled drainage structure is able to hold water in the soil. Farmers can then release water as needed, particularly during planting and harvest time. SUBMITTED GRAPHIC

New tiling technique stores water, nutrients in soil

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LUVERNE -- Farmers across the country use nitrogen and phosphorus to build nutrient-rich soil to maximize crop yields, but those same nutrients are being blamed on the growing dead zone around the base of the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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