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Tile Drainage School

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March 08 - March 16, 2021
Online event

Jointly sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension’s Conservation Professional Training Program, University of Illinois Extension and Iowa State University Extension, this drainage school is designed for farmers who want to learn the basics of installing their own drainage systems and for newer staff of tile drainage installation contractors.

This session will be held virtually (via Zoom) from 8:00 a.m. until noon (Central Time) March 8, 9, 11 and 16. Participants will need a strong internet connection and a recent device (tablet or computer). Many of tools demonstrated and used during the hands on portion only operate on Windows-based computer systems, so access to a laptop or computer for the final day is recommended.

Topics covered include:

  • First Things First: Considerations Before You Begin a Tiling Project
  • Surveying Basics, Calculating Slopes, Understanding Soils
  • Drainage Co-efficient, Lateral Spacing
  • Drainage Permits and Regulations Impacting Farms
  • Sizing Mains and System Layout
  • Drainage Outlets and Ditches
  • Lift Station Design and Considerations
  • Locating Old Tile Systems
  • Be Safe When You Tile
  • Tiles, Nutrients and Water Quality
  • Conservation Drainage/Drainage Water Management
  • State Specific Regulation Discussion (Illinois, Wisconsin, other states TBD)

Registration is $50 for the first person from a farm/business, and $25 for each additional person before 11:59 pm on March 5. A Late Fee of $10 per person applies for any late registrations.

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