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Don Pitts

State Water Quality Specialist

NRCS

Direct Phone: (217) ***-****       

NRCS

31 Larch Street Suite 200

Sudbury, Ontario P3E 1B7

Canada

Company Description

NRCS Inc. is a national disability management firm with offices across Canada. As an industry leader, we offer a full compliment of medical assessments, disability management, injury management and WSIB services. Our clients include all levels of Governme ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Air Quality Specialist
USDA

Member, Natural Resources Conservation Service State Office
USDA

Agricultural Engineer and Water Quality Specialist
Natural Resources Conservation Service

Associate Editor for the Soil and Water Division
American Society of Agricultural Engineers

Irrigation and Drainage Engineer
University of Florida

Irrigation and Drainage Engineer
University of Arkansas

Affiliations

Planning Committee Member
Rivers Institute at Hanover College

Education

MS
Agricultural Engineering
University of Arkansas

PhD
Agricultural Engineering
University of Arkansas

Web References (19 Total References)


Worm Digest - Soil Moisture Managed with Tiles

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Drainage tile systems, which cost about $500 an acre to install, "aerate the soil to provide a proper root environment and allow producers to access the field," noted Don Pitts, agricultural engineer, National Resources Conservation Service in Illinois.Pitts spoke at InfoAg 2005 in Springfield, Ill., in July.

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The latter could have a negative impact on the environment, according to Pitts.
"Nitrates can enter the drinking supply in local areas.In lakes and reservoirs, nitrogen is a contributor to atrophic conditions.There is also the national concern over Gulf hypoxia."
Pitts noted that in a typical Illinois stream "the flow-weighted concentrations of nitrogen seem to be increasing over time.The amount of the rain that falls in this area determines the size of the hypoxia zone in the Gulf.Excess nitrogen is the primary cause.
"The primary pathway for water to leave central Illinois is by tile line, and these tile lines have been associated with high nitrate levels in streams," Pitts said."This relationship exists in the other Midwest states also.So the problem is that we need drainage for crop production, but it has a significant negative environmental impact."
Studies show nitrates in tile water at concentrations of 10 to 25 parts per million, according to Pitts.
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At 50 sites where the boards are being used, nitrate load was reduced by at least half, according to Pitts.
Here's how the system could work for farmers, according to Pitts.
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Many new tile systems being installed today are low-cost alternatives, according to Pitts."They run the lateral lines down grade.These can't be managed as well."
Pitts suggests that lateral lines be laid on the contours."Think about how flood irrigation systems are designed in the Mid-South.We also have to be able to access the tile structures.That's becoming easier because we have automated control devices that can be programmed to move four times a year at three elevations or on any elevation based on rainfall and other factors."
Pitts said the control structure, if managed properly, will not restrict root development, compact soil, blow out or silt-in tiles, which were concerns of cooperating growers.The researchers also conducted research on the design's impact on earthworms.
"We did a study with Purdue University on two fields, one managed for high water, the other not managed.We counted earthworms for three years and found that the managed field had more earthworms."
The bottom line is that once water leaves a field, "you can't get it back," Pitts said.


InfoAg - DonĀ Pitts

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Don Pitts Agricultural Engineer
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BIO: Don Pitts is the State Water Quality Specialist for NRCS in Illinois.
He has MS and PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas.He has authored or co-authored more than 40 refereed scientific journal articles on Agricultural Water Management and has had more than 100 publications in the scientific and technical literature.
Before joining the NRCS in 1991, Don was an Irrigation and Drainage Engineer with University of Florida and with University of Arkansas.Don has been an Associate Editor for the Soil and Water Division of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers for the past 10 years.


My InfoAg

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HANCOR

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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.


HANCOR

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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.

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