A Manitoba producer says tile drainage has produced dramatic results on his farm.  |  File photo

Tile drainage boosts profitability

BRANDON — Is it worth spending $1,000 per acre on tile drainage to get a $40 boost in crop production? If not, is it worth spending that amount to double net profitability? In fact, those are both the same question and should have the same answer, according to Brandon-area farmer Aaron Hargreaves. If tile drainage […] Read more

Joel Classen, co-owner of Northern Plains Drainage Systems, supervises a tile installation demonstration on his farm near Elm Creek, Man.  |  Robert Arnason photo

Drainage with a difference; irrigation included

Retention pond stores water | Stored water could be used for irrigation and keeps nutrients out of rivers and lakes

ELM CREEK, Man. — As he walked into his soybean field, Carl Classen couldn’t help but shake his head. The soil was dry and cracked and the beans desperately needed moisture in the second week of August. The scene made Classen think about last fall, when he decided not to install irrigation on his farm. […] Read more