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Farmers have realized that drainage and agriculture are really inseparable.

The high cost of agricultural inputs and machinery requires the farmer to reduce the risk of crop loss. Drainage eliminates one of the risks. Many farmers consider drainage to be the best management practice. Farmers are being asked to provide more and more of the world's food and fiber at a lower cost. This type of demand makes drainage even more important. GPS yield monitors continue to show significant differences in drained and un-drained ground. A systematic drainage system may increase yields by as much as 50% in some cases.

Help During Drought

Farmers are also finding that tile not only helps in wet years but also in times of drought. The drainage pipe system lowers the spring water table, promoting deep and vigorous root growth. Water table management is also now being incorporated into the drainage systems. Farmers may be able to bring the water table up closer to the root system to hold water in the system for later use.

Drainage Advantages

There also may be certain tax advantages that can be used on a drainage pipe system. The return on investment of a drainage system can be much greater than buying more land, and land values are increased with drainage systems. Drainage is truly an ally of the farmer's conservation plan. The reduction in surface runoff in turn reduces sediment and fertilizer infiltration to streams and ponds.


When I first started 12 years ago, we probably dealt with three different companies. Two of the companies I had some pipe issue with. I have never had a pipe issue with Springfield Plastics.

Eric Hubner, M&H Excavating

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