April 9 webinar on farmland drainage

To provide growers with more information on drainage systems, OSU Extension will host a free webinar April 9 that will give detailed information on why growers should drain their fields and how to calculate the financial implications of installing or repairing drainage systems.

Bruce Clevenger, along with OSU Extension educator Eric Richer, will present the webinar, “Return to Drainage: Calculating the Payback Period.”

“Historically, we’ve relied on drainage to keep our crop yields profitable, but sometimes those systems need to be replaced or improvements need to be made,” Clevenger said. “The webinar will teach farmers and landowners how they can benefit from a properly designed drainage system.

“We’ll also discuss how to estimate the cost of subsurface (tile) drainage and estimate a drainage payback period for your farmland.”

The program will also address how improved field drainage has yield, soil quality and water quality advantages compared to poor field drainage; whether today’s crop prices make drainage a good investment; and whether a drainage system can be designed to address water quality concerns.

The webinar runs 7-8:30 p.m. and can be viewed online at http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/ohioagmanager

No pre-registration is required.

For more information about the webinar, contact Clevenger at clevenger.10@osu.edu or 419-782-4771.

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