Drainage course is next week

COLUMBUS – Area crop producers can learn about northwest Ohio research on subsurface drainage during Overholt Drainage School March 11-15 at the Agricultural Engineering Building, 590 Woody Hayes Drive, on The Ohio State University Columbus campus.

Ohio growers can increase yields by 20-35 percent for rotation corn with proper subsurface drainage, according to research from Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center conducted at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station in Hoytville.

And overall average yield can increase up to 6 percent for corn and 3.5 percent for soybeans with controlled drainage, according to research conducted on demonstration farms in northwest Ohio, said Larry Brown, an agricultural engineer with joint appointments with Ohio State University Extension and OARDC.

Farmers, land improvement contractors, soil and water conservation technicians and engineers can learn more about agricultural drainage as well as learn about construction and management of soil and water conservation systems.

New this year, a surveying session will focus on GPS to conduct topographic mapping, system layout and installation.

Cost for the full conference is $637 – $365 for session 1, $555 for session 2 and $145 for session 3 – and includes tuition, lunches, refreshments, materials, supplies, manuals, guides, design notebooks and certificate of completion. For the schedule and registration information, visit agcrops.osu.edu/specialists/soil-and-water-management. Participants should mail the registration form by Thursday.

Participants should bring a calculator, warm clothes and work boots for field work.