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Agricultural drainage techniques to be presented at Iowa Drainage School

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:33 a.m. CDT

AMES — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a three-day school beginning Aug. 19 to teach how to plan, layout and install subsurface drainage systems.

“The last several wet springs have shown the need for good drainage systems for profitable agricultural production. To function most efficiently, all components of a subsurface drainage system should be designed to work together,” said Greg Brenneman, extension agricultural engineering specialist.

The Iowa Drainage School will be held at the Borlaug Learning Center, 3327 290th St., Nashua. Early registration opened July 1, and ends at midnight Aug. 6. The deadline for all registrations is midnight Aug. 13.

The school will combine hands-on training, lecture and discussion and problem-solving examples. Participants will learn sub-surface drainage concepts, how to plan and lay out drainage systems, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program requirements and drainage system troubleshooting.

“Last year’s drainage school was popular with drainage contractors, professional engineers and consultants, NRCS professionals, county administrators, landowners, IDDA officials and others interested in subsurface drainage design and maintenance,” said Kapil Arora, extension agricultural engineering specialist.

More information about the school and registration is available at

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