Transforming This Farm Field For Early Planting with Drain Tile
27 Feb 243m 24s

Matt is "Jacked-Up." He is standing in a field on his farm that has always been challenging to get into early, and here he is at the end of February running the cultivator through it. The difference? Drain-Tile.

00:00 We're out here today. It's February 21st. We went and looked yesterday, the, you know, at our high sands. 00:05 That's what we can work first to find out, you know, what fields we could work. And right over there we're running a, a, a track tractor 00:14 and a field cultivator. What jacks me up about this is where we're running it, we're at one of the heaviest fields. 00:20 We got, uh, one of the fields that's usually, I don't know, a week, 10 days behind. 00:26 And we're literally out here working now. Now, the difference in this field this year and this field last year is pattern drain tile. 00:34 I've been working with this drain tile on another project for three years. Every year it keeps getting better. 00:40 This is the first year with this project. It's, it's just drain tile. If you can see behind me where you see the dark ground 00:46 and then the ground that's un tilled. When a DS came and installed the drain tile, we put dirt on top of that with our, 00:52 with a levee dis like we'd pull levees in a rice field so that, that created a large amount of dirt on top of each one 00:59 of those drain tile runs. So through the winter, it has time to, to settle. And then we got plenty ample dirt instead having a feel 01:07 where you got, you know, sinking spots in it 'cause you didn't have enough dirt to let it settle. We actually created a, a, a pile of dirt 01:14 to, to let it settle. Thought we would be a month later, at least, even with good weather at being on it, 01:21 we knocked the levees down yesterday. Uh, we're going in now and pulling the tillage across it, we'll pull a, a, 01:27 what we call a land plane to kind of get everything back in a, in a uniform, uh, situation. The field behind me was not drain tile. 01:36 It's a little sandier dirt. And as you can see, I don't know if you can see that far behind me, but we couldn't, we're probably another three 01:43 or four days of good sun and wind to be able to get on that field. And we're in the worst field now and, 01:49 and have a tractor running. So this isn't sand. Just so you know what we're dealing with, you know, we're dealing with a sharky clay now. 01:56 We're on the upper end of the field. The lower end's a little bit worse than this, but, you know, this is what we're dealing with. 02:02 Sharky Clay, to be able to get on this in the first and, and be the first field, um, I would've never thunk it. 02:09 Lemme put it that way. That's the way you say it in the South is I'd have never thunk it. We've, we've looked at that, that first, 02:15 that first project we've had. It's very advanced every year. It's doing more and more 02:20 and more record yield on that field last year, uh, compared to, uh, the years past. 02:25 Every year it keeps increasing. So, you know, I, I can't right now knock any holes in the a DS drain tile in, in, in the, in the, in the Arkansas Delta. 02:35 I mean, so far everything we've seen has been absolutely on point. Um, a DS has been really good to work with. 02:42 We're also working and hoping that we get this as a, as a, you know, a regenerative farming 02:47 or, uh, sustainability, you know, involved. Get the, get the government involved in that, in the delta, you know, those programs are going on in 02:54 the, in the Midwest. And if we can prove down here that, that drain tiles needed, then um, you know, 03:01 I think we may have a little luck at getting that done. And as you can see today, uh, we're at the last part of February. 03:07 Our good sandy fields are muddy and, and we've got equipment running in this field. So I'm really excited about 03:13 what I've seen yesterday when we were able to come in here and, and start working on this. 03:17 And, uh, we'll have more to come.

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