(Information courtesy of Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers and University of Minnesota Extension Service)
Are my soils too tight (clayey) to tile drain?
Tile drainage has been practiced on many soil textures. Sandier soils can be drained with deeper, widely spaced tile, but tend to need sock filters to prevent soil particles from entering the tile. Soils with a higher clay content can also be drained but require tile to be placed shallower and closer together.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — For years, conservationists in Minnesota have been concerned about agricultural drainage of the state's farm lands. Miles upon miles of underground tile have been installed through private lands as a way to remove excess water and improve crop yields.
By: Julie Buntjer, Forum News Service, Published January 07, 2014
Not much rain. Corn stalks dried up. Soybeans shrinking.
It's a year of change, frustration and loss of crops. Farmer's are considering lots of options on how to handle harvest. Some are silage chopping, harvesting much earlier, and hoping for a decent yield. What does next year bring? How does tiling fit into this picture in drought conditions? Perhaps you are reconsidering the benefits of no-till acreage to conserve moisture, lower the water table to improve root structure enabling the crops to withstand drought conditions we have been experiencing this year.
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