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ISU sets two farm precision drainage workshops

By Staff | Mar 1, 2015

SAC CITY/ESTHERVILLE – A pair of workshops focusing on modern drainage designs and management to maximize crop production and minimize soil nutrient loss are set from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on the following dates and locations:

  • March 11: Sac County Extension office.
  • March 12: Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville.

Iowa State University Extension will conduct the workshops to help area farmers and tile contractors develop economical successful systems to improve the land.

“New drainage control structures give farmers the ability to improve yields by quickly removing excess water and improving drainage water quality during less critical times of the year,” said Kris Kohl, an ISU ag engineer field specialist.

During the workshops, participants will see how free satellite images can be used to map existing old tile and find broken drainage lines before digging begins.

Participants will learn about current research to protect downstream water quality and programs to make it happen on their farm.

A $35 registration fee will be payable at the door.

To pre-register and reserve a noon meal contact Sac County Extension office at (712) 662-3171 or Iowa Lakes Community College at (712) 362-3434.

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