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This profile was last updated on 7/19/05  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • MS , Agricultural Engineering
    University of Arkansas
  • PhD , Agricultural Engineering
    University of Arkansas
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www.infoag.org, 19 July 2005 [cached]
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HANCOR
www.hancor.com, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
The seminar in Springfield, IL on July 26 featured local guest speaker Don Pitts, the State Water Quality Specialist for NRCS in Illinois. He discussed potential benefits of drainage water management for Illinois agriculture.
Agricultural Drainage Management: Benefits Could Range from the Bin to the Gulf
www.conservationinformation.org, 11 June 2010 [cached]
"The first step was to drain the land so it was farmable," notes Don Pitts, state water and air quality specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Champaign, Ill. "Now it's time to manage that drainage."
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For cost-efficiency's sake, Pitts likes to see each control structure manage a zone of the field of at least 20 acres.
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Even now, Pitts notes that some growers are willing to put in the extra structures to manage smaller zones, and to put in the extra time to adjust more stop logs.
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Don Pitts of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service state office in Champaign, Ill., says retrofitting existing pattern tile drainage systems on an ideal slope can run $50 to $150 per acre. If extensive re-plumbing is required - for instance, to run laterals along the contours and make mains and control structures accessible along the field edge - costs can go up significantly, he says.
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southeastfarmpress.com, 5 Dec 2009 [cached]
This practice - known as drainage water management, or controlled drainage - cuts nitrate loads flowing into surface waters through the tile system, especially during the fallow period, says Don Pitts, a drainage expert for the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Illinois. And during the growing season, controlled drainage stores moisture and nutrients for the crop, offering the potential for higher yields in dry years, he says.
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In Illinois, where more than 50 on-farm demonstration systems have been installed, drainage water management has cut tile outflow by 40 percent, Pitts says.
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Maintaining the water table 2 feet below the surface, rather than the typical 4 feet, retains up to 1.5 inches of additional water in the soil, Pitts says. "This equals about six days' water supply for a corn crop in July, and thus, could have a significant crop production benefit."
The cost of controlled drainage depends mainly on the steepness of the field and the size of the tile mains. Retrofitting 81 outlet structures on existing tile systems in Illinois ranged from about $25 per acre on flat sites to more than $250 per acre on sloping fields, Pitts says.
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Pitts contends that drainage management "is arguably the conservation practice with the highest benefit-to-cost ratio for reducing nitrate loss."
Features Vol 47 No 3 - "Drainage Management Pays Off"
www.landandwater.com, 25 Sept 2003 [cached]
Don Pitts and Richard Cooke host members of the Ag Drainage Management Task Force on a tour of a University of IL Controlled Drainage research site.
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Don Pitts and Richard Cooke host members of the Ag Drainage Management Task Force on a tour of a University of IL Controlled Drainage research site.
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Don Pitts, an agricultural engineer and water quality specialist, with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Illinois, is concerned about drainage management.NRCS is working with more than 30 Illinois farmers to install water level control structures, most of which are placed in existing tile systems.
Pitts says, "We're using drainage management so as to minimize the water flow through the tile when we don't have crops in the ground.
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