The study of the impacts of sub-surface drainage where land use has recently changed from the production of commodity crops to bio-feed stocks is the focus in this data curation profile. The graduate student researcher’s overarching goal for the research is to test the theory that producing bio-feed stocks generates environmental benefits for the land. The graduate student is specifically testing the validity of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool in capturing the hydrologic cycle at the field scale. One of the data management issues is that there is a lack of standardized policies or procedures for documenting, describing or organizing the data, which makes it difficult to understand and make use of the data. Additionally, she wants others to use her data after she graduates but she does not know how to account for this need when developing her own data.