Farm Drainage Remains Hot Topic in Iowa

Despite drought in 2012, Iowa farmers remain interested in how to properly drain farm land to make it more productive.

Published on: Nov 27, 2012

Various aspects of farmland drainage are agenda topics at a December 12 workshop for farmers and others who are interested in learning more about ag drainage. The meeting will be held at Manatt Community Center in the town of Brooklyn in east-central Iowa. The program begins at 9 a.m. and will adjourn at 3:30 p.m. Advance registration is recommended.

"We are offering this farmland subsurface drainage workshop due to the overwhelming interest in this topic in recent years," says Kapil Arora, an agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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

LEARN MORE: "We are offering this workshop on the various aspects of farmland drainage because farmers are still very interested in installing tile and using other drainage management practices that improve field drainage. Hopefully well get some rain in 2013 so we can put these field drainage systems back to work," says ISU Extension ag engineer Kapil Arora.
LEARN MORE: "We are offering this workshop on the various aspects of farmland drainage because farmers are still very interested in installing tile and using other drainage management practices that improve field drainage. Hopefully we'll get some rain in 2013 so we can put these field drainage systems back to work," says ISU Extension ag engineer Kapil Arora.

Various aspects of farmland drainage is the topic of a Dec. 12 workshop

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach speakers include Kapil Arora, ag engineering specialist; Jim Jensen, farm management specialist; Matt Helmers, ag engineering specialist; and John Baker, an Iowa Concern attorney. USDA-NRCS specialist Bruce Atherton is also scheduled to speak.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau, Poweshiek County farmers, various industry partners, and the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service are sponsoring the program.

Registration fee for the workshop is $40 if you sign up before December 7; after that date the fee is $50. Registration can be made by completing the form here and making payment to ISU Extension – Poweshiek County. For more information, download the workshop brochure or call ISU Extension and Outreach in Poweshiek County at 641-623-5188.