Anyone who is interested in agricultural drainage research issues and projects is invited to the 12th Annual Drainage Research Forum to be held Nov. 22, 2011 at the Arrowwood Conference Center in Okoboji, Iowa. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The forum is sponsored by Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University.
The program features results and updates on drainage research and implementation projects by university and agency research leaders. A selected list of presentation topics at the forum includes biomass production strategies and potential drainage impacts, two-stage ditch design, pumped outlets and farmer perspectives on emerging drainage practices.
The Drainage Research Forum is intended for all drainage stakeholders, including state and federal agency staff, county supervisors, crop consultants, academics, contractors, producers and others interested in drainage research issues in the upper Midwest.The registration fee, which includes lunch and refreshments, is $60 for those registered by midnight on November 16. Late registration is $75. Registrations will be accepted the day of the program. Additional information, a detailed agenda and online registration are available at www.aep.iastate.edu/drf.
8:00 am: Registration and morning refreshments
9:00 am: Biomass production strategies and potential impacts in the drained lands: Environmental implications - Matt Liebman, professor of agronomy, Iowa State University
9:45 am: Two-stage ditch design - Joe Magner, research professor, bioproducts and biosystems engineering, University of Minnesota
10:30 am: Break
10:45 am: Saturated buffers - Dan Jaynes, professor of agronomy, Iowa State University and USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Ames, Iowa
11:30 am: River flows and drainage in the Minnesota River Basin - Jason Ulrich, research fellow, bioproducts and biosystems engineering, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm: Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm: Phosphorus loss through subsurface tile drainage – Antonio Mallarino, professor of agronomy, Iowa State University
1:45 pm: Pumped outlets - Tom Scherer, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, North Dakota State University
2:30 pm: Break
2:45 pm: Farmer perspective on emerging drainage practices - Tony Thompson, farmer, southwest Minnesota
3:15 pm: Activities to address nutrient loss from drained landscapes: Commodity group perspectives from South Dakota Corn Growers, Minnesota Corn Growers and Iowa Soybean Association. Todd Sutphin, state watershed coordinator, Iowa Soybean Association, will speak, followed by an open discussion.4:15 pm: Forum concludes