How to get the best out of your drainage system

MSU Extension agricultural drainage specialist Ehsan Ghane will present information on making drainage pipe decisions in your fields during the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on June 16.

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Are you preparing to add or change out tile lines in you fields? Tune in to the Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Thursday, June 16, at 7 a.m. Ehsan Ghane, MSU Extension agricultural drainage specialist, will provide research-based recommendations to help producers make the best choices on pipe in their fields.

When you buy your drainage pipe, do you ask yourself if one pipe material removes water more quickly than another? You can get pipes with various perforations. Some pipes remove water more quickly than others, so you can plant on time in spring and harvest on time in fall. A sediment preventive measure is needed in non-cohesive or weakly cohesive soils. Example soils that may cause a sedimentation problem are sand, loamy sand, sandy loam, loam, silt loam, and silt. If you have a drain sedimentation problem, you can use either a sock-wrapped pipe or a sand-slot pipe to prevent drain sedimentation. Join this webinar to learn which of those pipes removes water faster.

At the conclusion of Ghane’s presentation, MSU Extension climatologist Jeff Andresen will present a 15-minute weather summary and forecast. After this, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear timely and relevant updates from other MSU Extension specialists and educators until 8 a.m.

Sign up for the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast 

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MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast sessions are held every week during the growing season via Zoom. These virtual meetings take place every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m., March 31 through September 22, 2022. The Virtual Breakfast Series is flexible, fluid and able to adapt when issues arise due to unforeseen growing conditions. There will be an open 25-minute Q&A session following the presentations with MSU specialists and educators. Participants are encouraged to log into the Zoom link five minutes prior to the start time for a tech check and receive announcements.

Participating is easy and free! You can join the live meeting via Zoom using a computer, tablet, mobile device or regular phone line. If you are new to Zoom, simply download the Zoom app and you will be ready to join online every week to see visuals shared by presenters. A call-in by phone option is also available but note that you will only hear the audio portion. 

Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast. You only need to do this once and you will receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number, as well as weekly reminders every Wednesday and Thursday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time. 

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If you cannot participate in the live session at 7 a.m., you can view the recorded version at any time. However, only the live session will be eligible for RUP and CCA credits. Recordings will be closed-captioned and available at the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage and the MSU Extension Field Crops Team social media platforms: FacebookSpotifyYouTubeApple Podcasts and Twitter

If you are unable to sign up online, call the Lapeer County MSU Extension office at 810-667-0341. 

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