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Ag drainage workshop reset for Tuesday and Wednesday in North Mankato

NORTH MANKATO — The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshop will be March 26 and 27 in North Mankato. This is a rescheduled date due to weather.

The workshop is a collaborative effort between University of Minnesota Extension and South Dakota State Extension Service. The two-day workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. March 26 and ends at 5 p.m. March 27.

 The workshop 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 workshop is 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, considerations of doing your own tiling, land evaluation tools, 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, tile spacing, sizing and tile grades. Design principles for lift stations and conservation drainage practices are also considered.  

Registration is now available at The registration price is $225, and the workshop is limited to about 50 participants. Due to seating limitations, on-site registration will not be available on the day of the event. For more information call Brad Carlson, extension educator, at 507-389-6745, or Dr. Gary Sands, extension engineer, at 612-625-4756.