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ISU Extension Offers Drainage Design Workshop


WEST BEND, Iowa -- Tile drainage has changed the Iowa landscape over the past several decades by making land suitable for farming. Weather patterns have shifted over the past 20 years to provide more rainfall in northwest Iowa, increasing the need for tile drainage. 

The amount of rented farmland is increasing causing questions on how to improve drainage when both the landowner and tenant have a short time horizon.

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension is offering a drainage workshop to answer many of the questions from producers with drainage issues. The workshop will provide the basics of how to use the “Iowa Drainage Guide” to determine the capacity of tiles, proper layout and overall goals of the systems. Participants also will learn to determine where to add tile to optimize their cropping system, and those decisions will affect the remaining system. 

The workshop is scheduled for March 13, West Bend from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $30, which covers lunch and all workshop materials. Participants should bring a calculator and tile maps so that ways to optimize drainage systems can be determined and long-range plans can be made. For more details and to register for the workshop call (712) 732-5056.

Contacts :

Kris Kohl, Field Specialist, (712) 732-5056, kkohl1@iastate.edu

Matthew Helmers, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, (515) 294-6717, mhelmers@iastate.edu

Thomas Olsen, Field Specialist, (712) 732-5056, tolsen@iastate.edu

Jean McGuire, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu