The benefits of field drainage for a farm business

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The typical costs of installing a new, comprehensive field drainage system can be £2500 to £3500 per hectare with permeable backfill and without £1500 to £2500 per hectare.

Drainage is a long term investment.  Given good maintenance, a useful life of at least 20 years can be expected and some systems last decades longer.

Good drainage can:

  • Improve crop yield
  • Warm soils more quickly in spring improving germination
  • Improve environment for soil organisms
  • Better access to water and oxygen for plant roots
  • Better crop uptake of soil mineral nitrogen

To find out more take a look at the ADDB Field Drainage Guide which looks at the principles, installation and maintenance issues.

http://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/725158/g68-ahdb-field-drainage-guide.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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