Dates Set for Managing Farmland Drainage Workshops

Aug. 7 and 15 workshops focus on issues faced by women landowners dealing with drainage on their farms

July 11, 2018, 8:47 am | Kapil Arora, Kelvin Leibold

buffer strip, crops, stream and native plants.AMES, Iowa ― A pair of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshops geared toward women landowners have been scheduled to provide opportunities to discuss drainage issues that exist on Iowa’s farmland.

The workshops are free and will help attendees better manage farmland drainage decisions by discussing different styles of drainage systems that may be installed, including a discussion how to address drainage water quality within the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Excessive rains typically create drowned out spots in fields, which can potentially reduce productivity. Discussion typically emerges on need for drainage on these fields and how to better address these situations, as well as how improved drainage will benefit landowners, how to work with neighbors and tenants, associated costs and tax implications.

The first workshop will be held in Mason City on Aug. 7 at North Iowa Area Community College located at 500 College Drive. Please register by Aug. 3 for this location by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Cerro Gordo County office at 641-423-0844 or via email at

The second workshop will be held in Fort Dodge on Aug. 15 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Webster County office located at 217 South 25th Street. Please register by Aug. 13 by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Webster County office at 515-576-2119 or email at

The Managing Farmland Drainage workshops will be taught by Kapil Arora, agricultural engineering specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Kelvin Leibold, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

These workshops will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the same location as the Farmland Leasing Workshop conducted earlier that day. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. at no cost for those registered for this drainage workshop. Both workshops are the same, so interested participants only need to attend one of them.


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