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Groundwater management workshop

By Staff | Dec 6, 2013

The NDSU Extension Service in Pierce County is glad to offer a “Groundwater Management Workshop” be held in Rugby on December 17th at the Rugby Eagles Club. Topics include soil water movement, wet lands and hydric soils, groundwater management through crops, tiling suitability of soils, basics of tiling and different drainage designs.

The workshop will start at 10:00 a.m. and will finish around 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be served during the workshop. In order to have a correct head count for lunch and other arrangements, please confirm your participation either by emailing or by calling Lynae Voeller at 776-6234 ext. 5 or lynae.voeller@ndsu.edu by December 10th, 2013.

This workshop is designed to provide research-based insight regarding the behavior of water within the soils, issues related to the high groundwater levels and management strategies to the producers, crop improvement board members, commodity groups, extension and private industry professionals, especially in the wake of the ongoing wet weather cycle, in an effort to understand, assess and manage these questions in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Local sponsors include Envision Cooperative, Farm Credit Services, and Rugby Farmers Union Elevator.

Basic concepts of soil water and its movement; different soil moisture levels, soil water types and movements (gravitational, capillary) and effects of wet weather (high groundwater levels) versus dry weather (capillary rise) will be addressed by Abbey Wick/Naeem Kalwar, Area Extension Soils Specialist.

NCREC Area Extension soils agent Chris Augustin will discuss groundwater management through cropping systems. He will also talk about the effect of water-use efficient crops on the high groundwater levels, benefits of continuous cropping versus summer fallow, and improved use of in-field and boundary-field ditches.

Determining the suitability of soils for tiling will be the portion of the program presented by Larry Cihacek, Associate Soil Professor, NDSU, Important chemical properties to consider before tiling, potential negative effects of excessive sodium on tiling, using web soil survey and soil sampling requirements for tiling will all be subjects presented by Cihacek.

NDSU Agronomist Hans Kandel will talk about the basics and benefits of tiling including main concept and function, agronomic benefits, and important consideration for the layouts and use of water control structures

Subsurface drainage designs; setting the objectives, important considerations while designing project and ongoing projects will be programs presented by NDSU water quality/irrigation specialist, Tom Scherer.

Similar programs will be held in Mohall (December 18th) and Langdon (December 19th). Please feel free to contact the Pierce County Extension Office if you have any questions.

NDSU Extension Offers Smart Choice Health Insurance Workshops

Sweeping health-care reform legislation means many North Dakotans have more health insurance options. However, choosing just the right a health insurance policy can be overwhelming or intimidating. To help, a team of NDSU Extension agents is bringing a new program to North Dakota.

The “Smart Choice Health Insurance Workshop” is a comprehensive, research-based, unbiased program designed to equip people with the tools they need to make the best decision possible for their families.

Through workshops, participants will learn how to analyze what they need and want from health-care providers, compare plans, calculate how health insurance will affect their financial budgets, and apply the information and knowledge gained to make a smart health insurance choice. Consumer workbooks allow participants to enter and use their own information to evaluate their health insurance choices.

The workbook to assist consumers in making a decision on a health insurance policy can be found at www.ag.ndsu.edu/money.

For more information about a Smart Choice Workshop, call your local NDSU Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5.

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