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June 26, 2007

Field day to showcase drainage systems and constructed wetlands

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University and the Indiana Land Improvement Contractors Association will hold a field day Aug. 10 and 11 to demonstrate the installation of a 40-acre tile drainage system.

"Good water management in agricultural land today includes drainage for crop production, but can also include much more," said Jane Frankenberger, Purdue associate professor for agricultural and biological engineering. "Wetlands can complement drainage systems by providing an outlet for drainage, improving water quality and providing habitat for wildlife."

Members of Indiana Land Improvement Contractors Association (INLICA) will install a 40-acre tile drainage system during the field day, and visitors will be able to see all aspects of drainage installation. The drainage system flows into a wetland that will provide habitat for wildlife, improve water quality from the drainage system, and educate students and the agricultural community about wetland function and benefits. 

The field day will allow farmers, contractors and others interested in drainage to see how tile drainage systems are installed. Visitors will have an opportunity to talk with land improvement contractors and Purdue researchers about these practices.

The field day will take place at the Northeast Purdue Agriculture Center (NEPAC) in Whitley County. The field day is free, with lunch available for a charge. Tours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 11.

For more information, contact INLICA executive director Donna Clark at (765) 529-4615, NEPAC superintendent Phil Walker at (260) 244-7290 or Frankenberger at (765) 494-1194,

Writer: Elizabeth Fritz, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Jane Frankenberger, (765) 494-1194,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes,
Agriculture News Page

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