Iowa Drainage School August 24-26, 2021 | Nashua, Iowa

Program

Tuesday, August 24, 2021Print the program

Soil properties, laser + gps + drone surveying and mapping
7:30 AM

Registration and morning refreshments

8:00 AM

Welcome and introductionsKapil Arora, extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Winterset, IA

8:30 AM

Pre-school quiz Optimizing drainage system layoutKristina TeBockhorst, extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Iowa City, IA

9:30 AM

Is it plain ol' dirt? (Understanding soil properties)Brian Dougherty, extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Dubuque, IA

10:15 AM

Soil properties auger hole testBrian Dougherty, extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Dubuque, IA

11:00 AM

Comparison of surveying methodsKapil Arora, extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Winterset, IA

Aerial survey data collected with a drone, LiDar Data, and GPS-RTK data.

11:45 AM

Lunch (provided)

12:30 PM

Conducting aerial surveys with a droneKapil Arora, extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Winterset, IA

1:15 PM

Laser and GPS for grade controlRoger Kolbet, Mid Tech Services; Brady Kolbet, Mid Tech Services

2:15 PM

Overview of surveying field exercisesKapil Arora, extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Winterset, IA

Team assignments.

2:30 PM

Group activity

Move to field area and conduct Laser + GPS + Drone surveys. Refreshments provided during field activity period.

4:00 PM

Excavation safety and awarenessRay Slach, Ray Slach Farms, West Branch, IA

4:30 PM

Drawing contour mapsMatt Helmers, professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Using field data and computer programs.

Group activity: Plotting surveyed field data

a. Merge data among teams b. Compare data with GPS mapping c. Begin planning for drainage design project

5:30 PM

Dinner (provided)

6:00 PM

Demonstration of drainage software: Farmworks, G.K. Technology and Ag Leader SMS

7:30 PM

Visit and discussion time with software providers and sponsors

8:00 PM

Adjourn for the day

Wednesday, August 25, 2021Print the program

Designing an agricultural field drainage system
7:30 AM

Morning refreshments

8:00 AM

Calculating drain sizes: Example exercisesKapil Arora, extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Winterset, IA

10:00 AM

Break

10:15 AM

Review of exercisesKristina TeBockhorst, extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Iowa City, IA

10:45 AM

Drainage depth and spacingMatt Helmers, professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

11:30 AM

Putting it all togetherMatt Helmers, professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

12:00 PM

Lunch (provided)

12:45 PM

Drainage law considerationsKale Van Bruggen, attorney, Rinke Noonan, St Cloud, MN

1:30 PM

iGrow drainage toolsChris Hay, senior environmental specialist, Iowa Soybean Association, Ankeny, IA

2:15 PM

Sub-irrigationKelly Nelson, research professor, Plant Sciences, University of Missouri, Novelty, MO

3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

Drainage design

a. Use field data collected on Day 1
b. Complete a cost analysis using per-foot costs

5:30 PM

Dinner (provided)

6:00 PM

GPS user panel and group discussionJim Johnson, owner, Johnson Drainage Plows, Clarksville, IA; Jacob Handsaker, Hands On Excavating, Radcliffe, IA; Mike Downing, Iowa LICA

7:00 PM

Adjourn for the day

Thursday, August 26, 2021Print the program

Completing the drainage design project
7:30 AM

Morning refreshments

8:00 AM

Design for drainage water managementMatt Helmers, professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

9:00 AM

Teams work on design reports

Breaks can be taken as-needed. Refreshments will be available.

10:15 AM

Field demonstrationsJacob Handsaker, Radcliff, IA; Jim Johnson, Johnson Drainage Plows, Clarksville, IA. Drainage tile provided by Prinsco.

11:45 AM

Lunch (provided)

12:30 PM

Edge of field nitrate reduction practicesChris Hay, senior environmental specialist, Iowa Soybean Association, Ankeny, IA

1:15 PM

Design reports by participant teams

Design discussion for functionality, performance and flexibility

3:00 PM

Quiz

3:15 PM

Closing comments and completion of program evaluation

3:30 PM

School adjourns