Tile drainage system for agriculture is the topic of upcoming Agricultural Drainage Design and Water Management workshops at Moorhead and North Mankato, Minn., in February and March 2007.
The workshops will focus on planning, design, economics, water management and environmental implications. They are intended for farmers, tiling contractors, landowners, industry and agency staff, crop consultants, and land and water resource managers.
Dates and locations are as follows: Feb. 14-15 in the Moorhead Area Conference Center at the Courtyard by Marriott (1080 28th Ave. South); and March 6-8 at the Best Western Hotel in North Mankato (1111 Range St., Hwy 169 North).
Participants will learn about the importance of good soil water management from Extension specialists and experienced practitioners. Topics in soil water management will be discussed, including economics, alternative land use options, water quality impacts and fundamental tile drainage design concepts. Participants will experience several hands-on drainage layout and design problems and hear the latest on conservation drainage systems.
Pre-registration is required by Feb. 5 for the Moorhead event and Feb. 26 for the North Mankato event. The cost scale for those who pre-register is as follows: $80 for day one or day three (held in North Mankato only); $100 for day two; or $160 for any two days. For the North Mankato event, the cost to attend all three days is $225. Prices will increase by $25 following the pre-registration deadlines.
For registration forms, contact Jean Spohr at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris at (320) 589-1711, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms and the program agenda will also be made available in January 2007 at the U of M Drainage Outlet website, http://www.drainageoutlet.umn.edu.
For more information on the programs, contact Hans Kandel, regional Extension educator (Crookston), email@example.com, (218) 281-8688; Craig Schrader, regional Extension educator (Mankato), firstname.lastname@example.org, (507) 389-6745; or Gary Sands, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department (St. Paul), email@example.com, (612) 625-4756.
The University of Minnesota Extension Service is sponsoring the workshops in partnership with Iowa State University Extension, North Dakota State University Extension and industry partners.