Land Drainage Forward Planning

The winter months provide an excellent platform for growers to really take stock of the land and understand how individual fields are performing across farms.

The colder wetter ground conditions mean that generally speaking, there is less arable activity at this time of year and it provides the perfect chance to have a look at any land drainage issues that may arise.

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Many of our clients find that land drainage issues are highlighted through the winter months by standing water being present in the fields.

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However, whilst standing water is an obvious pointer to poor land drainage, there are other subtle indicators that we recommend to identify land drainage issues.

Our top five indicators to look out for:-

  1. Studying of yield data provided by Combine Telematics along with aerial imagery of the fields too. Google Earth can be a useful tool to examine how the field has historically performed.
  2. Investigating ditch systems to assess whether drain outfalls are running or not.
  3. Checking whether ditch systems and culverts are clear and allowing water to flow away down the water courses with ease.
  4. Doing plant counts in the field and understanding whether you have obtained optimal numbers of plants per square metre.
  5. Getting out your spade! One of the best tools out there to really look at soil & root structure beneath your growing crops and seeing whether there is an issue with ground water building up.

Our surveying teams are knowledgeable in assessing land drainage projects to be undertaken in the coming months, both through the growing crop in the spring time and for the post-harvest window in the autumn.

By undertaking comprehensive GPS-based surveys, together with the very latest technology, our teams will build an accurate picture of the conditions present on your land. 

If you have some land that you are concerned about and would like to get us in to get a formal survey done, please give us a call on 01362 820371.