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2017 Extension Drainage Design Workshop

2017 Extension Drainage Design Workshop

The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshop will be held at the Grand Forks County Office Building in Grand Forks, ND March 2 – 3.  The workshop is a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, and North Dakota State University Extension.

The 2-day workshop starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. on day two. The workshop 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.

The 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, wetlands, 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, drain spacing, sizing, and grades. Participants are encouraged to bring information for their own fields, and any computers they are using for design, so they can work on their own projects during exercises.

Registration for the workshops is now available at:  The registration price is $300, and is limited to about 50 participants. Due to seating limitations, on-site registration will not be available on the day of the event.

Workshop Location:

Grand Forks County Office Building

151 South 4th Street (6th Floor) Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201

For more information, please contact:

Gary Sands, University of Minnesota Extension,;

Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension,, 507-389-6745;

Tom Scherer, North Dakota State University Extension,, 701-231-7239

Hans Kandel, North Dakota State University Extension,, 701-231-8135.


Source: University of Minnesota Extension