Field drainage is installed to remove excess soil water to reduce or eliminate waterlogging and return soils to their natural field capacity.
You should be considering field drainage in the following situations:
- Heavy clay soils
- Medium texture soils in high rainfall areas
- Light textured soils
Over the past 70 years organic matter levels in arable soils has reduced which makes them more susceptible to waterlogging and more in need of drainage.
To find out more have a look at the ADDB Field Drainage Guide which looks at the principles, installation and maintenance issues.