To train stakeholders in sub-surface drainage concepts, planning and laying out drainage systems including surveying a profile, laying out the system, calculating tile line sizes and spacing using actual field data, making connections, and setting up drainage control structures, NRCS program requirements, and fixing common drainage system issues.


This is a three-day school with each day including a combination of hands-on training, lecture and discussion, and problem solving using in-field examples. By attending this school, participants will be able to plan and layout subsurface drainage systems and workout estimated project costs.


  • drainage contractors
  • professional engineers and consultants
  • NRCS professionals
  • county administrators
  • landowners
  • IDDA officials
  • anyone interested in subsurface drainage design and maintenance



Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – Thursday, August 26, 2021

Registration check-in 7:30 AM, Tuesday, August 24.
Program begins at 8:00 AM and concludes at 3:30 PM on Thursday, August 26.


Borlaug Learning Center
Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm
3327 290th Street
Nashua, IA 50658

Guest parking is on the east side of the Learning Center.


GK Technology
Hands-On Excavating
Johnson Drainage Plows
Mid-Tech Services
Port Industries
Springfield Plastics