Iowa Learning Farms teams up with Ag Drainage Water Management for Sept. webinar

September 15, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms monthly webinar will be Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. and will be joining up with the Midwest Ag Drainage Water Management webinar series for this month's installment on bioreactors. This is the third webinar in the Midwest Ag Drainage Water Management series. This webinar features Dr. Richard Cooke of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chad Ingels, Iowa State University Extension watershed specialist.
Those wishing to participate can log in at  Each person logging in to the session will need to click the “Enter as a Guest” button. The webinars are structured to provide both the perspective of the farmer/practitioner and the research/extension specialist. Speakers will accommodate as many questions as possible during each webinar session. 
Richard Cooke teaches courses in drainage and water management, land and water management systems, and drainage design and layout. He has developed computer software for analyzing yield maps from paired drainage systems, drainage system design and layout, and the design of subsurface bioreactors. His current research focus is on the development and evaluation of drainage-related best management practices for improving water quality, watershed-scale modeling of subsurface drainage systems, the development of multi-objective design criteria for subsurface drainage systems, and the design of rainfall harvesting systems. He developed the online version of the Illinois Drainage Guide.
Chad Ingels is an ISU Extension and Outreach watershed specialist in northeast Iowa. He provides facilitation and administration services for farmer-led watershed councils as they develop and implement performance-based incentive programs and demonstrate new and emerging nutrient management strategies in their impaired watersheds. He has been a part of ISUEO watershed programming for over 15 years and has been closely involved in the evolution of the locally-led performance-based approach and has personally helped to install and manage nine denitrifying bioreactors. Chad also raises 700 acres of corn and soybeans in Fayette County and is currently vice-chairman of the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission.
This distance learning effort is organized and led by a team of Extension specialists from several universities in the Upper Midwest including Drs. Chris Hay of South Dakota State University, Matt Helmers of Iowa State University, Gary Sands of University of Minnesota, Jane Frankenburger of Purdue University, Larry Brown at The Ohio State University, Kelly Nelson of the University of Missouri, Tom Scherer of North Dakota State University, Richard Cooke at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Gary Letterly with University of Illinois Extension. The webinar series is funded by USDA NRCS as part of the Drainage Water Management Level 2 training. 
Remaining webinars in the series are scheduled for Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. All webinars begin at 9 a.m. central time.  Topics to be presented include saturated buffers, wetlands, and sub-irrigation and the economics of drainage.
All webinars in the series are being archived and can be viewed at the following link:  On the right side in the yellow box click on the webinar session title.
For questions contact Connie Cannon at Iowa State University, or 515.294.1230.