"Helping participants understand the
production benefits and costs of different drainage options will be
a common theme of all the presentations," said Stanley Solomon, U of
I Extension engineering technology educator. Experts in drainage
management from the University of Illinois will be on hand to
discuss the various aspects of agricultural drainage. Speakers
--Bill Simmons, associate professor in
natural resources and environmental sciences. Simmons will present
"Drainage Concepts," focusing on the impact of subsurface and
surface drainage on production and the ecosystem. Simmons'
presentation will help producers evaluate the production benefits of
drainage systems versus cost.
--Richard Cooke, associate professor in
agricultural and biological engineering. Cooke will present
"Drainage System Design and Layout," a discussion of design
principles, new design information and his current research. Cooke
has done extensive research on the effect that tile depth and
spacing has on drainage performance, and he is currently studying
the effect of depth and spacing on the transport of nitrates. The
economics and performance of different systems will be a part of
--Mike Hirschi, professor in
agricultural and biological engineering. Hirschi will discuss ways
to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous loss through drainage management
in "Constituents of Tile Water -- N & P Issues." Reducing these
losses could reduce input cost and improve yields.
--Don Uchtmann, professor in
agriculture and consumer economics. Uchtmann will present an
overview of the Illinois drainage law.
The program will be rounded out with
presentations on farm bill implications and a contractors' panel,
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The seminars will run from 9 a.m. to
3:30 p.m., with registration from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The registration
fee of $25 is due one week before a meeting and includes a noon
luncheon and take-home materials. Registration for the first
seminar is due Feb. 4.
Here are the dates, locations and
contact information for each seminar:
Feb. 11, Rend Lake College, Ina -- Send
registrations to Franklin Extension Unit, 1212 Route 14 West,
Benton, IL 62812. Phone (618) 439-3178.
Feb. 13, Hancock County Extension
office, Carthage -- Send registrations to Hancock Extension
Unit, 550 N. Madison, Carthage, IL 62321. Phone (217) 357-2150.
Feb. 16, Countryside Banquet
Facilities, East Peoria -- Send registrations to Woodford
Extension Unit, P.O. Box 162, Eureka, IL 61530. Phone (309)
Feb. 17, Holcomb State Bank, Rochelle
-- Send registrations to Ogle Extension Unit, 421 Pines Road,
Suite 10, Oregon, IL 61061. Phone (815) 732-2191.
Feb. 19, Kankakee County Extension
office, Bourbonnais -- Send registrations to Kankakee
Extension Unit, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais, IL 60914. Phone
Feb. 20, Christian County Extension
office, Taylorville -- Send registrations to Christian
Extension Unit, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568. Phone
information, contact your local University of Illinois Extension
office; phone Solomon at the East Peoria Extension Center, (309)
694-7501, ext. 223; or send an e-mail request to him at
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