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Tile Drainage Explained (Part 1): From Install to Benefits of The Investment

Tile Drainage Explained (Part 1): From Install to Benefits of The Investment

Tile drainage isn’t really tile — it’s corrugated, perforated, plastic pipe. Maybe you know that or maybe the concept of subsurface farm drainage is new to you. Either way, you should listen to this two-part episode about the benefits and payoffs of tile drainage. Tile drainage is water management and it is good for the environment, your soil, and your bottom line. Lee Lubbers says tile drainage is a triple payoff through appreciation, depreciation, and asset improvement! Lee is joined by Chad Henderson who explains his 90 acre project complete with lift station, and Kevin Matthews who began installing tile on his North Carolina farms 15 years ago. ​

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Matt Miles is Taking on the Gumbo

Matt Miles is Taking on the Gumbo

If you farm in the Delta, then you probably are farming in Sharkey Soil. Often referred to as Gumbo, the heavy clay soil is poor draining and slow to permeate, and usually prevents farmers like Matt Miles from working their fields until late spring at earliest. This year, Matt Miles took the very unusual step of installing drain tile in one of his fields. He explains the decision, expected ROI and results he is already seeing in his first spring with his new tile from Advanced Drainage Systems.

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How did Henderson Farms Gain 50 acres of production ground in one field?

How did Henderson Farms Gain 50 acres of production ground in one field?

Stuart Sanderson of Henderson Farms is amazed by what he sees in what is historically the lower production areas of his farm. He explains how the decision to invest in drain tile from Advanced Drainage Systems has resulted in the opening up of 50 more acres of low-elevation ground that was previously un-farmable.

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A Seed Treatment for Faster Emergence & Seasonal Stress Protection

A Seed Treatment for Faster Emergence & Seasonal Stress Protection

South Dakota farmer Lee Lubbers likes making money and he likes making his job easier. That’s why he’s excited about biological seed treatment, Nutri-Shield from Hefty Naturals — It’s easy to apply and the product got results in his first year using it. Nutri-Shield is a talc-based seed treatment providing faster emergence, increased root development, and heat stress mitigation throughout the season. The best part: It’s applied in the planter box, which means everyone can use it, not just farmers who apply in-furrow treatment. ​

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Can A Biological Made From Living Fungi Produce Better Crops?

Can A Biological Made From Living Fungi Produce Better Crops?

Lee’s been using Heat Shield every crop year since 2016 with good results. The best part: with three options of application — seed treatment, in-furrow, or foliar — Lee likes the versatility as well as the results. What are the results, you ask? Trials show a 6 to 16 bushel corn yield bump at a cost of about 8$ per acre. Lee is joined by Hefty Naturals' Lead Agronomist Rob Fritz and Brand Manager Matt Thompson to explain the benefits of heat stress mitigation via biologicals. They also discuss handling differences between a living biological product and conventional crop chemistry.

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4 things Lee Lubbers Learned in 2021

4 things Lee Lubbers Learned in 2021

Lee Lubbers brought his notes on the lessons gleaned from last year that he thinks all of us can apply for a more prosperous 2022.

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As they say in Alabama: Roll "Tile"?

As they say in Alabama: Roll "Tile"?

Chad is taking advantage of the short window between wheat harvest and his double-crop soybean planting to take care of some drainage issues on one of his fields. Tile is not something that is common in the south, in fact it's very rare. Chad and Darla Huff from Advanced Drainage Systems show you the installation process of what might be the beginning of a new trend in the south.

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When The Wheat goes off the pipe goes in

When The Wheat goes off the pipe goes in

As soon as Chad takes the wheat out of his field he is going to work with Advanced Drainage Systems to take care of some drainage issues with some new tile. Stay tuned!

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No Socks Needed on This ADS Drain Tile

No Socks Needed on This ADS Drain Tile

Kevin is taking on his drainage issues with a new installation of drain tile from ADS (Advanced Drainage Systems). In this video, he shows a new slit design of drainage tile that eliminates the need for using a sock to keep fines from clogging the pipe.

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