Attend Michigan’s 2021 Drainage Tools Workshop: Tools to inform drainage

Use tools to make informed decisions about drainage design for crop production and water-quality protection on Aug. 24, 2021.

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

Join us virtually on Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET for the 2021 Drainage Tools Workshop, sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, to learn the basics of using tools to make informed decisions about drainage for crop production and water-quality protection.

What does this workshop cover?

  • Drainage Design as a Nutrient Reduction Strategy: Learn how drain spacing and depth affects water quality and crop yield.
  • Drainage Spacing Tool: Learn the basics of using the tool to estimate the optimum drain spacing that maximizes economic return on investment.
  • Controlled Drainage Suitability Tool: Learn to identify land in the Midwest with a high chance of being suitable for controlled drainage.
  • Subirrigation Suitability Tool: Learn to identify land in the Midwest with a high chance of being suitable for subirrigation.
  • Drainage Water Recycling: Learn about the features, site suitability, crop yield benefit, profitability, and water-quality benefit of drainage water recycling.
  • EDWRD Tool (Evaluating Drainage Water Recycling Decisions): Learn the basics of using the tool to size a pond for drainage water recycling.
  • Shallow Drains Tool: Learn to use the tool to make an informed decision about drain depth. The tool estimates the nitrate load reduction of shallow drains compared to deep drains.
  • Reducing Phosphorus Loss with P-filters: Learn about the features, site selection, maintenance, installation, and water-quality benefit of P-filters.
  • P-TRAP Phosphorus Transport Reduction App: Learn the basics of using the P-TRAP app to design a P-filter for reducing phosphorus loss in drainage discharge.
  • Drain Sedimentation Tool: Learn to use the tool to identify soil at risk of drain sedimentation (that is sediment clogging the drain).
  • Nutrient Loss Calculator: Learn to use the tool to get an idea of nutrient loss from your tile, so you can improve profitability and downstream water quality. Listen to real-world examples of how producers are modifying their farming practices based on the tool’s results.

Who should attend?

Drainage contractors, farmers, consultants, conservation professionals, engineers, MAEAP technicians, watershed coordinators, technical service providers, Extension educators and others interested in learning about conservation drainage practices for crop production and environmental protection.

Registration

Registration is free. Go to the 2021 Drainage Tools Workshop website to register, download a flyer and see the full list of speakers and draft agenda.

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