Managing Farmland Drainage Workshop Set for Sept. 13

Workshop focuses on issues faced by women landowners dealing with drainage on their farms

August 15, 2018, 10:29 am | Kapil Arora, Steven Johnson

tiling machine trenching in field tile.AMES, Iowa ― Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has scheduled a workshop geared toward women landowners as an opportunity to discuss drainage issues that exist on Iowa’s farmland.

The workshop is free and will assist attendees as they make farmland drainage decisions. Workshop discussion will cover different styles of drainage systems that may be installed, and 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 workshop will be held in Altoona on Sept. 13 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Polk County Office located at 1625 Adventureland Drive. Register by Sept. 7 by calling Kalsa Parker Browning at the ISU Extension and Outreach Polk County Office at 515-957-5760 or via email at

The workshop will be held from 7-9 p.m. and includes a free supper at 6:30 p.m. for those registered. The workshop is limited to the first 40 registered participants.

The Managing Farmland Drainage workshop will be taught by Kapil Arora, agricultural engineering specialist, and Steve Johnson, farm management specialist, both with ISU Extension and Outreach.

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