Agricultural Drainage Design workshop set for February 17-18 in Sioux Falls |

Agricultural Drainage Design workshop set for February 17-18 in Sioux Falls

BROOKINGS, S.D. – 2015 SDSU Extension Drainage Design Workshops will be held in three locations throughout the region; Sioux Falls, S.D., Grand Forks, N.D., and St. Cloud, Minn. The workshops are a collaborative effort between SDSU Extension and the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University Extension Services.

Registration is $225, and preregistration is required. Due to seating limitations, onsite registration will not be available on the day of the event. To register for any of the workshops, visit

The South Dakota Drainage Design Workshop will take place, Feb.17-18, 2015 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls.

“These workshops are designed to give producers the information and tools they need, as well as some hands on practice, to feel confident in developing a drainage design whether they plan to do it themselves or contract it out,” said Chris Hay, SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer. “We cover the entire design process from the basics of soils and drainage through spacing, layout, grade, and pipe sizing.”

The St. Cloud, Minn., workshop is held, Feb. 24-25, 2015 at the Holiday Inn and Suites (75 37th Ave.); and the Grand Forks, N.D. workshop is held March 10-11, 2015 at the Alerus Center (1200 42nd St. S).

The two-day workshops at all three locations begin at 8 a.m. day one and end at 5 p.m. on day two.

The workshops will focus on the planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner and with a great deal 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. That includes farmers, landowners, consultants, drainage contractors, government agency staff and water resource managers.

Topics include drainage design fundamentals, legal aspects of drainage, basics of drainable soils, drainage design software, safety, 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. Design principles for lift stations and conservation drainage practices also are considered.

–SDSU Extension

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