ISU Extension Offers Ag Drainage School

ISU Extension Offers Ag Drainage School

The 2011 Iowa Ag Drainage School will be in session Aug. 23-25 near Nashua in northeast Iowa. Program will address issues related to properly designed and operating drainage systems.

Agricultural drainage is becoming increasingly important due to the critical role it plays for supporting Iowa's bio-economy. Improving drainage is important to produce top corn yields, especially in fields where the soils naturally have poor drainage and where continuous corn is grown.

Drainage systems that are properly designed and operating are essential to achieving maximum agricultural production capability. These and other related issues will be addressed at the Iowa Drainage School Aug. 23-25, 2011 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua in northeast Iowa.

People planning to install a new drainage system or retrofit an existing system will want to attend this school, says Brent Pringnitz of ISU's Agronomy Department at Ames. The workshop will focus on drainage design, economics of drainage, water management and legal issues related to drainage.

Goal of the 2011 Iowa Drainage School is to provide training about:

Agricultural drainage concepts

Planning and laying out drainage systems, including surveying a profile

Calculating tile line sizes and spacing using actual field data

Making connections and setting up drainage control structures

NRCS and IDDA regulatory considerations

Fixing common drainage system issues

Drainage contractors, landowners, professional engineers and consultants, NRCS professionals, county administrators, and others who are involved in making drainage design decisions within their respective businesses and organizations are invited to attend.

This is a three-day school with each day including a combination of hands-on training, lecture and discussion, and problem solving using examples. By attending this school, participants will be able to plan and layout subsurface drainage systems and work out project costs.

Registration fees for the e-day school are $300 per person if registered by midnight Aug 12. Late registration is $350 and must be received by Aug 19. Class size limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required. Registration fees include meals indicated on agenda, refreshments and handouts.

Additional information, a detailed agenda, and online registration are available at Helping put together this year's program include ISU ag engineering professor Matt Helmers, who specializes in ag drainage management, along with ISU Extension ag engineering field specialists Greg Brenneman and Kapil Arora.

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