WEST LAFAYETTE -- Farmers can learn mechanics of tile drainage and its importance during an event next month at the Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center in Butlerville.
The Indiana Land Improvement Contractors Association, along with Purdue University, will offer the Tile Drainage Field Day from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., July 29, and from 8 a.m.-noon, July 30.
"Tile drainage is critical to Indiana agriculture," Purdue agricultural and biological engineer Jane Frankenberger said. "At least 50 percent of our fields are artificially drained and this day will help show what exactly is going on underneath those fields."
Water management is important as well, Frankenberger said.
It allows farmers to have more control over the quality of water leaving their fields and can potentially boost yields.
The field day schedule includes demonstrations and information about a variety of drainage topics, including tiling, wetland construction and water control structures.
The field day is free with lunch provided on the first day. Attendees are welcome to come and leave at their convenience.
For more information, contact Donna Clark, executive director of the Indiana Land Improvement Contractors Association, at 1-765-529-4615, or Don Biehle, superintendent of the Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center, at 812-458-6977.
The Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center is located at 4450 E. CR 350 N, Butlerville.