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BROOKINGS, S.D. – The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshops will be held in three locations in 2013;

Feb. 12 and 13 in Moorhead, Minn.
Feb. 27 and 28 in Aberdeen, S.D.
March 5 and 6 in Mankato, Minn.

The workshops are a collaborative effort between the South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University Extension Services. The two-day workshops begin at 8 a.m. the first day and run until 5 p.m. on the second day.

The workshops 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.

Each 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, 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.

To register

Visit http://www.regonline.com/DrainageWorkshop. Early registration price is $225, and each workshop is limited to about 65 participants. These workshops typically reach capacity quickly, so register early to guarantee a spot. Due to seating limitations, on-site registration will not be available on the day of the event. Detailed agendas and additional information will follow shortly and be posted to the registration site.

For more information

Contact Chris Hay, SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 605-688-5610; Gary Sands, University of Minnesota Extension Engineer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-625-4756; Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension, 507-389-6745, or Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension Agricultural Engineer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 701-231-7239.

Location details

Feb. 12-13 workshop will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, 1080 28th Avenue South, Moorhead, Minn., 56560, call 218-284-1000 to make hotel reservations.

Feb. 27-28 workshop will be held at the Best Western Ramkota, 1400 8th Avenue Northwest,Aberdeen, S.D. 57401, call 605-229-4040 to make hotel reservations.

March 5-6 workshop will be held at the Best Western, 1111 Range St, North Mankato, Minn., call 507-625-9333 to make hotel reservations.