Location of Agricultural Subsurface Drainage Systems Using Geophysical and Geotechnical Methods

B. J. Allred, N. R. Fausey, J. J. Daniels, L. Peters, C. Chen, T. S. Stombaugh

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Abstract

At least 40% of Ohio cropland contains subsurface drainage systems. These systems remove excess soil water, thereby increasing crop yield potential. Many subsurface drainage systems were installed close to a century ago, and records showing their placement have since been lost. These old systems are typically still operational, and locations need to be determined in order to reduce system modification expenses or to avoid problems often associated with initiation of new construction projects on former farmland. At present, there are no adequate procedures for finding subsurface drains. A research investigation, funded by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, has been initiated in an attempt to solve this problem through the innovative development and extensive testing of several geophysical and geotechnical methods that are capable of detecting buried features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages2603-2624
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2000
Event2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers: Engineering Solutions for a New Century - Milwaukee, WI., United States
Duration: Jul 9 2000Jul 12 2000

Conference

Conference2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers: Engineering Solutions for a New Century
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMilwaukee, WI.
Period7/9/007/12/00

Keywords

  • Agricultural subsurface drainage systems
  • Geophysical and geotechnical surveying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering

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