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Free irrigation clinics to be offered in Osage later this month

The local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), East Ottertail SWCD, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are offering free irrigation clinics Feb. 26-27.

Three clinics will be offered across Central Minnesota. Clinics will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are offered in Becker and Hubbard County, Otter Tail and Todd County and Wadena and Morrison County.

Interested people are asked to pick the clinic location that is most convenient.

Becker and Hubbard County - Osage Community Center, 24770 Cty Highway 48, Osage, MN 56570, on Feb. 26. Call 218-346-4260 Ext. 3 to make a reservation.

Otter Tail and Todd County - Prairie Event Center, 201 West Main Street, Parkers Prairie, MN 56361, on Feb. 27. Call 218-346-4260 Ext. 3 to make a reservation.

Wadena and Morrison County - Towns Edge Restaurant and Event Center, 1300 2nd Ave NE, Staples, MN 56479 on March 1. Call 218-346-4260 Ext. 3 to make a reservation.

The clinics will offer a variety of irrigation topics including:

n Irrigation management on irrigated sandy soils.

n Nitrogen/nitrate issues in Minnesota.

n Innovations in irrigation equipment.

n Hands on soil moisture determination.

n Groundwater flow model demonstration.

n The irrigation scheduler method of monitoring soil moisture.

n Improving soil health for better yields.

Funding for this project is provided by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture with funds appropriated by the Legislature that are a result of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Constitutional Amendment.

Clinics are offered free of charge and include lunch and a light breakfast. Preregistration is needed. Please call 218-346-4260 to register for a clinic.