2020 Drainage Workshop to teach drainage concepts and design

Learn about drainage concepts and how to design drainage systems with crop production and water quality in mind on Feb. 12-13, 2020, in East Lansing, Michigan.

Drainage outlet
Drainage outlet. Photo by Ehsan Ghane, MSU.

The 2020 Drainage Workshop will be held in East Lansing, Michigan, on Feb. 12-13, 2020. This workshop is a collaboration between Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Land Improvement Contractors Association (MLICA). This two-day workshop will focus on drainage concepts and designing of subsurface (tile) drainage systems to meet both crop production and environmental objectives.

Who should attend?

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 drainage systems for crop production and water quality protection.

What will be taught?

Topics include basics of soils and water movement in soils, drainage principles, economics of drainage, contour maps, drainage design, legal aspects of drainage, tips for doing your own tiling, safe installation, controlled drainage design and controlled drainage impact on water quality and crop yield. The drainage design topics begin with basic design considerations and will follow a step-by-step design procedure for solving individual and small-team, hands-on design problems. Easy-to-use online design tools will be taught to maximize return on investment in the drainage system. These tools will help avoid too narrow or too wide drain spacings.

Download the event flyer.



Registration and tentative workshop agenda with list of speakers are available at the Drainage Workshop 2020 events page.

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