Doing a Bit of Summer Drainage

Doing a Bit of Summer Drainage

Hopefully wetter weather won't slow our summer farm drainage project much

This week's activities are atypical for late August. We are working to get some ditching done. Though I would prefer to not destroy crops (especially this late in the summer), I'm hoping we can limit damage. This job is something that definitely needs to be done. We have wanted to do it for several years, but with water, sand and muck in the mix, timing has never aligned with conditions. Then, after having to leave some land idle this year, we decided to go ahead and make a run at it.

RAINBOW GREETING: I guess there are advantages to working outside.

We are using M&M drainage, a local drainage contractor with a wheel trencher. It is usually a long wait to get them on the job, but willingness to go into the crop made it possible for this summer. We are using them because at least two of the cuts will max out the 7-foot depth capacity of their machine.

Wednesday morning they used the back filler for about 150 feet to roll about a foot of top soil to the side to make a path for the trencher to drive. This made the cut possible.

In addition to the deep cuts, another reason we are using the wheel machine is that we aren't sure what other tile may already exist. Other obstacles on this job will include a 24-inch cross country gas main, 3-phase irrigation service, and a 6-inch irrigation water line.

Thunder rolling all around us turned to rain as we were ready to set the machine in and take off. We will try again Thursday. Hopefully this wetter shift to the weather pattern doesn't slow this project down too much. There is still much to do to prepare for harvest.

I did snap a couple pictures of this rainbow we saw. I guess there are advantages to working outside.

The opinions of Kyle Stackhouse are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

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