ISU Extension Offers Agricultural Drainage School at Nashua

AMES, Iowa – Agricultural drainage is an important management tool for crop production in many areas of Iowa. Design, installation and maintenance of drainage systems is the focus of the Iowa Drainage School Aug. 20-22 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua, Iowa.

"Iowa Drainage School provides educational opportunities for all interested in drainage whether they be contractors, farmers, consulting engineers or county officials,” said Matt Helmers, agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “This Extension and Outreach school focuses on the fundamentals of drainage design including getting an accurate survey, drainage pipe size and spacing, controlled drainage and water table management, legal considerations, and different installation techniques and equipment.”

The three-day school features classroom lecture and discussion combined with team problem solving and field exercises. Student teams will survey and design a drainage system for a sample area of the host farm, using concepts learned during classroom discussion. By attending this school, participants will be able to plan and layout subsurface drainage systems and work out project costs.

Registration for the three-day school is $325 per person if registered by midnight Aug. 7. Late registration is $375 and must be received by midnight Aug. 14. Class size is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required. Registration includes meals indicated on the agenda, refreshments and notebook.

Additional information, a detailed agenda, and online registration are available at