Irrigation and Drain Tile 101

You can never have too much of a good thing… unless you are talking about water.  Plants like to grow in a mixture of air, water and soil. If water makes up about 25% of the mix, then plants are happy, but plants become stressed as water levels rise above or fall below this threshold.

Farmers can use irrigation and drain tile to work with Mother Nature to provide a good growing environment.

Watch this quick video from AgPhD to get an overview of how tile drain works - for farmers and the environment.

Irrigation

  • Used to introduce water to the crops/soil

  • Can be used to fertilize crops (fertigate)

  • Can be above ground or below ground (subsurface)

  • Uses technology to design the most efficient coverage configuration

  • Can use smarter irrigation technology to work with Mother Nature to provide just the right amount of moisture, at the exact right times, for each crop type

Drain Tile

  • Used to remove excess water from the soil, to keep the water level below the level of the tile (generally a minimum of 3 feet below the surface)

  • Uses technology to design the most efficient depth, pattern and outlet locations