Drain tile demonstration popular at Farm Technology Days

The wet springs of 2018 and 2019 have farmers looking closer at ways to manage field drainage.

Josh Babb with Timewell Drainage Products tells Brownfield it’s been a busy year for installing drain tile systems for farmers. “Right now, it’s probably more prevalent than ever at the amount of prevent plant acres that are out there that guys are seeing, and customers are taking advantage of, you know, a summer discount program, or the ability to get a contractor on site. There are some areas where contractors will have, you know, a two to three-year wait.”

And, he says more farmers are considering the investment now after two wet years. “It’s one of the only investments you don’t put fuel in. Once you get the system installed, it’s there and it’s working for you whether it’s day or night, 365 days a year, that system is working to improve your operation.”

Babb says managing the field drainage allows earlier access to fields and has a good return on investment. “The thing that’s really going to show you how your system is performing is when you get in the cab of your combine and look at the yield monitor.”

Farmers have been lining up to watch as they install drain tile and explain how it works at Wisconsin’s Farm Technology Days. 

Farm Technology Days runs through Thursday, July 25th at Walter Grain Farm north of Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.

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