Farmland drainage workshop planned

HUMBOLDT (ISU E) — Drainage main upgrades on farms has emerged as a concern in the past couple years; including addressing drainage water quality.

A day-long regional workshop has been scheduled on March 30 by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt.

The workshop will focus on USDA wetland compliance, nutrient cycling in soils, and discussions on controlled drainage, bioreactors, saturated buffers, and managing drainage water quality with wetlands, economics of tiling, drainage laws, and drainage district main upgrades.

The day will conclude with a presentation and discussion on long term benefits of tiling.

The workshop is sponsored by Farm Bureau of Humboldt County, Bank Iowa, Pro Cooperative, Northwest Bank, and various industry partners. Presenters from ISUEO, Iowa Soybean Association, Hudson Law Firm, and Bolton & Menk will be available to answer questions. Cost of the workshop is $40 per participant by March 26 and includes lunch, refreshments, and handout materials. To register, please call ISUEO Humboldt County Extension Office at 515-332-2201.

The workshop qualifies for Certified Crop Advisor credits, which have been applied for.


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