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Drain Tile for All Seasons: Farm Drainage Is Essential, Even in Drought

Many homeowners haven’t thought about their lawn once during the cold chill of Winter. Those same homeowners will be out en masse during the Spring, reseeding and tending to their little patch of green. Hardcore turf managers know that you should be thinking about (and caring for) your lawn all year round. But it’s just a human tendency to focus on things at only the most essential time.

The good news is that drain tile doesn’t, or shouldn’t, require yearly maintenance. Many farmers only think about drain tile during the Spring, however, when they need it to drain the excess rain from their land.

Mad Dog Foam Bridges takes drain tile and proper installation more seriously. And we have a reason for every season, as to why you should be happy that the drain tile on your property was properly installed. We’ll start with the easy one:

SPRING

Everybody knows why drain tile is important during the Spring; this is when the famous Spring Showers make their appearance. Farmers expect water, for better or for worse. Soy and corn, the two staple crops of the Midwest, obviously require rainfall so they can properly grow and germinate. Enough rainfall can easily become too much rainfall, drowning seeds and young plants. Mother Nature giveth and she taketh away.

Drain tile is the obvious solution, allowing excess water to flow off of a farmer’s land while leaving a healthy amount retained in the soil. A study from Iowa State University suggests that every dollar spent on drain tile results in an additional $3 to $4 in yield. Sounds like a good investment!

SUMMER

Here’s where most people start to think that drain tile doesn’t matter. If it’s hot and there’s no rain…who cares about drain tile? Maybe you should!

Research in Iowa shows that property with good drain tile systems perform better during drought conditions than those without. How? Some have suggested that soil that was better drained during rainy seasons will promote healthier root systems, and healthier root systems are able to tap water stored deeper in the soil. This allows for better growth when the surface soil is parched.

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FALL

There’s not much to say here that wasn’t said in the “Spring” section. Few people think of Fall as a season for rain, but in truth they are almost equal in terms of total precipitation! Your drain tile is working just as hard during football season as it is during baseball season.

WINTER

Winter is another season that earns less attention than is deserved for drain tile. The common argument, of course, is that it doesn’t rain as much during Winter. This is true, but it certainly does snow a lot more during Winter than it does during other seasons.

Where does that snow go? Farmers certainly don’t shovel it all off of their fields! It melts, and that meltwater soaks into the soil. Just like rainwater, but with an extra step. If you don’t have a drain tile system in place, melted snow will water-log the soil before you can even plant your seed.

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