Dr. Thomas F. Scherer


Room 115
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
NDSU Dept. 7620
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


Dr. Thomas F. Scherer

Associate Professor

Extension Engineering

Expertise Areas

  • Subsurface (Tile) Drainage Design
  • Subsurface Drainage Water Quality
  • Irrigation Systems and Equipment
  • Irrigation Water Management
  • Individual Onsite Wastewater (Septic) Systems
  • Individual Water Supplies and Treatment
  • Water Quality: Interpreting Test Results
  • Basement Sump Pumps

Extension Programs

Irrigation Water Management
Irrigation Scheduling Methods
Irrigation Pump Testing
Sprinkler Irrigation Uniformity
Irrigation Workshops
Editor of Water Spouts: The Irrigators Newsletter
Subsurface (Tile) Drainage – Presentations on Various Aspects
Tile Drainage Design Workshops (with the University of Minnesota Extension)

Extension Publications and Handbooks

Irrigation and Drainage Bulletins (below) can be found at: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/crops/irrigation-and-drainage

AE91 - Selecting a Sprinkler Irrigation System
AE92 - Planning To Irrigate: A Checklist
AE97 - Care and Maintenance of Irrigation Wells
A1133 Dry Bean Production Guide, Irrigation Chapter
AE1637 - Compatibility of North Dakota Soils for Irrigation
AE1674 - Funding Assistance Programs for Irrigation Development
AE1675 - Soil, Water and Plant Characteristics Important to Irrigation
AE1690 - Frequently Asked Questions About Subsurface (Tile) Drainage
AE1747 - Tile Drainage Pump Stations for Farm Fields
AE1360 - Irrigation Water Sample Analysis

Other Bulletins (list below) can be found at: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/environment-natural-resources

AE892 Individual Home Sewage Treatment Systems
AE966 – A Guide to Plugging Abandoned Wells
AE1573 - Sump Pump Questions
AE1717 – Electric Backup Sump Pumps for Houses
WQ1029 – Filtration: Sediment, Activated Carbon and Mixed Media
WQ1030 – Iron and Manganese Removal
WQ1031 – Water Softening (Ion Exchange)
WQ1341 – Drinking Water Quality: Testing and Interpreting Your Results
WQ1352 – What’s Wrong with My Water? Choosing the Right Test


Planning Ahead: Sump Pump Tips https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood/home/sump-pump-tips
Electric Backup Sump Pumps for Houses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGJPuGuRyL8
Checking Sprinkler Uniformity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSTQE-VzMkM
Irrigation Pumping Plant Efficiency Tests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbcFl15R-mU

Professional Memberships

  • ASABE - American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Red River Valley Section of ASABE
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi
  • North Dakota Water Users
  • North Dakota Irrigation Association


Ph.D. Agric. Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1986

M.S. Agric. Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1981

B.S. Agric. Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1978