ISU Extension Offering Farmland Drainage Workshop

AMES, Iowa – Subsurface drainage, commonly known as ag tile systems, is an important part of agricultural systems in Iowa. A drainage workshop planned for Dec. 15 will examine various aspects of farmland drainage, according to Iowa State University engineers who will conduct the workshop.

The 2011 Farmland Drainage Workshop will cover the basics of planning a new drainage system or retrofitting an existing system.

“To function most efficiently, all components of a subsurface drainage system should be designed to work together,” said Kapil Arora, ISU Extension and Outreach agricultural engineer. “While the economic benefits of tiling are well recognized, there are also environmental impacts from drainage. We will be discussing new technologies that may be useful in minimizing negative environmental impacts.”

A morning session will focus on drainage design concepts, economics and long term benefits of tiling. The afternoon session will include discussions on the implications of drainage water management, compliance with USDA-NRCS requirements, discussions on controlled drainage, bioreactors and managing drainage water quality with wetlands.

The workshop will be offered at Ellsworth Community College Agriculture and Renewable Energy Center in Iowa Falls. The program begins at 9 a.m. and will adjourn at 3:30 p.m.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, industry partners and the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service, sponsor the program.

Registration information is available online or call ISU Extension – Hardin County Office at 641-645-4850.