Best Practices for Field Drainage

| 6/21/2017 4:23:00 PM

Megan WildAs a farmer, you depend on your land to provide you with crops. Your livelihood and survival rely on it. Your job is not easy, and you’re often at the mercy of the elements, most of which you have no control over. However, one aspect of farming you have a little control over is how well your soil drains.

Soil that doesn’t drain properly can have major impacts on your crops, stifling their growth cycle and giving poor yield. But wet soils can also make it difficult for you to conduct your work in the field because the soil can’t support your equipment, thus throwing off your timing for general maintenance of the plants or harvesting.

Good soil for crops has a mix of nutrients and the ability to hold water and organic matter. Loam is the best type of soil to have. With its mix of silt, sand, and clay, it has the perfect balance of everything you need to successfully grow crops. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have such perfect soil.

Even if you aren’t blessed with perfect soil, you can still be successful. Taking time to ensure your soil has the proper ingredients and drains correctly will help you grow crops and could improve crop yields. Below are a few things you can do to help your field drain properly.


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1. Conduct a Soil & Field Analysis

One of the best ways to understand exactly what is going on with your soil is to have it analyzed. This will allow you to see exactly how many nutrients are in the soil, along with the pH value and the humus content. It will also help you determine the amount of fertilizer you’ll need to ensure productive crops.