Spring Time Land Drainage
This spring has seen us doing more in crop work than ever, with many landowners looking to tackle wet fields through the growing crops. This means that any drainage issues are resolved ahead of the start of the cultivations window in the autumn.
On fields where there are substantial drainage issues, the amount of crop loss from draining through the growing crop is relatively small, particularly when considered against the amount of ground which may currently be producing no crop at all.
Tracked gravel machinery behind the trenchers ensure that any damage to the growing crop is minimalised, as well as ensuring a light footprint through the wet soil structures. The installation of the new land drains provides an immediate benefit to the existing growing crop which is left behind, and importantly, it readies the field for the autumn when a fresh crop is planted. This allows the farm operations to proceed smoothly in the summer with cultivations and drilling following immediately after harvest.
Timing the work for the spring time also allows us to take full advantage of an improving weather window with sunny days and drier soil conditions being present in general.
The majority of the works we have undertaken in recent weeks has required us to renew old drainage systems where drains installed in the 60’s and 70’s had started to fail badly. From a farming / landowner perspective, the results are obvious in that the fields instantly produce greater yield potentials, the timeliness of arable operations becomes easier to manage, and inputs such as sprays and fertilisers work better. Uniform crop development allows the fields to fulfil their yield expectations and post drainage, yields typically increase in the region of 25-35%.