This workshop is intended for producers, landowners, drainage contractors, consultants, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil conservationist technicians, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) technicians, other agency technicians and whoever is interested in learning about drainage concepts and design of subsurface drainage systems to meet both crop production and environmental objectives.
Why should you attend?
Easy-to-use online tools will be used to simplify the design process and maximize return on investment in the drainage system. These tools will help estimate the optimum drain spacing to maximize profit, and thereby avoid too narrow or too wide drain spacings. Application of these user-friendly tools is what sets this workshop aside from other drainage workshops.
What will be taught?
Topics will include:
Basics of soils and water movement in soils
Economics of drainage
User-friendly design tools
Legal aspects of drainage
Tips for doing your own tiling
Controlled drainage design
Controlled drainage impact on water quality and crop yield
The drainage design process begins with basic design considerations and will follow a step-by-step procedure for solving individual and small-team hands-on problems.