Drainage Water Management Announcements

Monday, February 27, 2017

Please see the attached brochures and message below for an invitation to the 2017 Overholt Drainage School.  There are three sessions, attendees can choose some or all to attend: 1) Agricultural Subsurface Drainage Design, Layout, Drainage Installation 2) Drainage Water Management: Controlled Drainage System Design and Installation and 3) Drainage Water Harvesting for Agricultural Water Supply; Water Quality Improvement Practices, Systems for Agricultural Drainage in Midwest US.  The Overholt Drainage School is held annually so if you cannot attend this year and have interest, please check back for future dates. 


In addition, Michigan State University Extension has recently brought on a drainage water management specialist, Dr. Ersane Ghane. https://www.egr.msu.edu/bae/profiles/ghane Recently Dr. Ghane presented at the Clinton Conservation District field day and will be a great resource for technicians and producers.


Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482



Please find attached the 2017 Drainage School announcement and registration form. Please read through all the materials and let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at brown.59@osu.edu, 614-292-3826 (office), or cell 614-264-9716 (leave message, I'll call back ASAP).


The registration deadline is March 9.  Payment is by check, money order, or purchase order number.  In addition to the above methods of payment, you can register and pay via credit card.  If you choose the credit card option, please fax or email me a copy of your completed registration so I can confirm your registration and send you additional information (the cc registration site does not update me daily).  The credit card registration site is now active.  It is located at: https://www.regonline.com/overholt2017 . Call or email me if there is a question on payment options.


Upon receipt of registration and payment, I will email confirmation, location, directions, hotel info, local restaurants for breakfast and supper, etc.


Best regards, Larry


Larry C Brown, Professor and Extension Agricultural Engineer | Director, Overholt Drainage Education and Research Program | Director, Int'l Program for Water Management in Agriculture | Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, 590 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210-1058 | Office: 614-292-3826 (AGEN Rm 214) | Fax: 614-292-9448 | Cell: 614-264-7916 (leave message only) | Twitter @LarryCBrown3

MAEAP Phase 1 Credits

Friday, February 17, 2017

MAEAP Phase 1 events are an important educational first step towards verification. 


Last year there were 124 Phase 1 events with 8,429 attendees!  Many of the events are submitted and/or hosted by local MAEAP technicians in partnership with other organizations.  The MAEAP grants do require that technicians hold one on-farm field day that qualifies as a phase 1.  Many technicians submit multiple events throughout the year. 


Other partners (Ag Industry, Foresters, Watershed Groups, and more) can also request phase 1 credit for their meetings.  To qualify as a phase 1, check out the updated Phase 1 policy at  http://macd.org/_literature_177256/MAEAP_Phase_I_Meeting_Approval_Process


Event submissions should be emailed to me at staya@michigan.gov

I have also attached a collection of Phase 1 events that have recently been held throughout the state. This may be useful to you as you are considering topics, presenters, partners, and flyer design for future events.  

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482


Upcoming MAEAP Training Reminders

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Please see below for important Training Dates.  The training plan with additional links to webinars and resources can be found at http://macd.org/maeap/maeap-home.html

Water Fundamentals and Water Wells Training

Next week!  February 15, 2017, 9am-4pm

MAEAP will host core training on Water Fundamentals and Water Wells.  Register at https://waterfundamentals.eventbrite.com


Crop*A*Syst Training

On March 30-31, 2017, training on the Cropping Assessment Tool will be held at Agroliquid in St Johns, MI, Clinton County.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the tool and how to work with a landowner.  Newly added to this training will be presentations from A&L Labs on soil sampling procedures, reading a soil report, and nutrient recommendations.  

This is a core training session that addresses the Cropping System.  To register, visit https://casmaeap.eventbrite.com.  


Crops 101 Trainings

Crops 101 Conservation Tillage – March 15 - MSUE Crop and Soils HQ

Crops 101 Wind Erosion (WEPS) - March 21 - NRCS State Office, Conference Room B

Crops 101 Water Erosion (RUSLE2) - March 23 - NRCS State Office, Conference Room B

If you are not already signed up for the classes, Conservation District staff should sign up in Ag Learn or contact Mike Stermock at Mike.Stermock@mi.usda.gov and CC Jerry.Grigar@mi.usda.gov



If you attended Tree Fruit IPM Feb 1-3, and are seeking specialization, email me proof of registration.

If you have questions on how to meet the specialization requirements, please let me know. 


MACD 2017 dates

Summer Conference in Bay City – June 4-6

Annual Convention in Bellaire – Nov 1-3


Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482


Southeast Michigan Drainage Irrigation and Soil Fertility Workshop

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

MSUE is hosting an upcoming workshop with a great line up of speakers on irrigation, nutrient management, drainage, and Bioreactors.  There is a flyer attached with more information.  Please share with producers and consider attending. 

Southeast Michigan Drainage, Irrigation, and Soil Fertility Workshop

March 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Centre

1800 US 223

Adrian, MI 49221


Water quality challenges in Lake Erie have prompted a renewed focus on fertility management in Michigan’s portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin watersheds. This program was developed to help producers gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding the management of phosphorus and nitrogen on tile drained and/or irrigated agricultural fields, and to discuss strategies for maintaining top production while limiting the loss of these nutrients to surface water resources.



Irrigation Management – Steven Miller and Lyndon Kelley, MSU Irrigation Specialists

·       Irrigation scheduling

·       Water withdrawal registration process

·       Irrigation system requirements for corn/soybean/specialty crop production

·       Equipment needed for chemigation/fertigation applications.


Discussion of N, P and K Management for Field Crop Production  Dr. Kurt Steinke, MSU Crop Fertility Specialist

·       How the phosphorus cycle works in agricultural fields

·       Why it is important to use soil test instead of crop removal rates  when developing fertility programs for your production fields

·       Factors impacting soil test critical levels for P and K fertilizer recommendations

·       Timing and placement implications for P management for crop productivity and surface water quality

·       Does tillage system used impact P application strategies?

·       Nitrogen recommendations for corn production-MRTN

·       Wheat fertility management considerations


Discussion of Drainage Practices, Structures and Bioreactors Impacts on Crop Production and Surface Water Quality - Dr. Ehsan Ghane, MSU Agricultural Drainage Specialist

·       Introduction to drainage– why is it important?

·       Drainage conservation practices (controlled drainage, saturated buffer, drainage water recycling and woodchip bioreactor)

·       Impact of controlled drainage on crop yield and water quality

·       Impact of woodchip bioreactors on nitrate runoff from farmland

·       Impact of no-till on phosphorus runoff from farmland


Program Evaluation and Adjourn


The registration fee for this program is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. You may register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/IrrigationSoilFertilityWorkshop17/ or by phone at 269-657-8213. Deadline for registration is March 7, 2017.

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482