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Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 Extension Drainage Design Workshops



The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshops will be held in Wahpeton, ND January 26 – 27, and Marshall, MN, February 17 - 18 . The workshops are a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, and North Dakota State University Extension. The 2-day workshops start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. on day two. 

The workshops will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner with lots of discussion time.


The workshops are intended for those interested in a more complete understanding of the planning and design principles and practices for drainage and water table management systems, including:  farmers, landowners, consultants, drainage contractors, government agency staff and water resource managers. Planning topics include: legal aspects, basics of drainable soils, agronomic perspectives, doing your own tiling, land evaluation tools, wetlands, and conservation drainage concepts and techniques. The design topics begin with basic design considerations and progress through individual small team projects, with several hands-on problem-solving examples covering basic design and layout principles, water flow calculations, drain spacing, sizing, and grades. Participants are encouraged to bring information for their own fields, and any computers they are using for design, so they can work on their own projects during exercises.

Registration for the workshops is now available at: z.umn.edu/2016wkshops. The registration price is $250, and each workshop is limited to about 55 participants. These workshops have typically filled, so register early to guarantee a spot. Due to seating limitations, on-site registration will not be available on the day of the event. Location and other details are available on the web site.  

For more information you can contact:  

Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension, bcarlson@umn.edu, 507-389-6745  or

Hans Kandel, North Dakota State University Extension, hans.kandel@ndsu.edu, 701-231-8135
 

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