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Edge of Field Systems for Improved Productivity and Water Quality

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CTIC will host an interactive webinar during the workshop on the 13th. Webinar attendees will be able to view presentations, and submit typed questions.

September 13-14, 2016
Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Rd.
Springfield, IL

This workshop will provide CCAs and other ag consultants with the foundation to recognize opportunities for reducing their clients’ impact on water quality. The majority of the day will be spent with three speakers—representing industry, agency, and academia—who will lend their expertise to give a complete perspective on a set of edge of field practices. Attendees will also learn about in-field nutrient management for improved water quality.
The workshop is free, however, registration is required.


September 13th

8:00-8:30 Check-In

8:30-10:00 Site Selection and Implementation

Dr. Ruth Book, NRCS State Conservation Engineer; Dr. Richard Cooke, University of Illinois; Bob Clark, Clark Farm Drainage
  • Site selection & integration of existing drainage systems
  • Considerations for communicating practice benefits to landowners

10:00-10:30 In-field Nutrient Management

Dr. John Grove, University of Kentucky & Soil Science Society of America

10:30-10:40 BREAK

10:40-12:10 Drainage Water Management Systems

Dr. Ruth Book, Dr. Richard Cooke, Bob Clark
  • System overview
  • Environmental, agronomic benefits of DWM
  • Controlling flow by controlling the water table
  • Considerations for employing DWM

12:10-12:45 LUNCH

12:45-2:15 Bioreactors

Dr. Ruth Book, Dr. Richard Cooke, Bob Clark
  • System overview
  • Water quality improvement through bioreactors
  • Considerations for installing bioreactors

2:15-2:30 BREAK

2:30-4:00 Saturated Buffers

Dr. Ruth Book, Dr. Richard Cooke, Bob Clark
  • System overview
  • Water quality improvement
  • Installation considerations

4:00-4:30 Resources

  • USDA, private cost-share opportunities
  • Sources of additional technical information, practice specs
  • Certification Opportunities


September 14th


8:30-9:30: Practices used on demo farm

  • Purpose and selection of appropriate practices
  • Water quality monitoring results
  • Impacts on productivity

9:30 Walk to farm demo sites


  • In-person look at DWM system, bioreactor, buffer strips
  • Selecting the correct practices for the site
  • System management
An application for CEUs has been submitted for this workshop. It is expected that it will provide 6 credits in Soil and Water Management and .5 in Nutrient Management.