As Seen in the Farmers Guide March 2018
The rainfall at the beginning of 2018 has resulted in land drains running and some fields showing signs of poor drainage
Spring is a good time for drain maintenance as running drains are much easier to find.
A good place to start is to check that your drain outfalls are in good condition. Drains which are hidden in the undergrowth may not be working correctly but once found and repaired, mark them with a wooden post as this will make them easier to locate in the future.
When field walking, look out for the wet areas which have appeared over winter or may have been a problem previously. Has the field been drained? If so locate the final record plan to see where the wet area is in relation to the drains.
Investigate the wet area by digging a trial hole. Is the water only sitting above plough level? If so subsoiling may be required. If the problem lies deeper then further investigations are needed
Spring is also a good time to carry out drain jetting and it is never too early to start planning your mole draining deciding whether it is to be undertaken through the growing crop, or after harvest.
Miles Drainage has the experience and availability to assist with all of the above, especially drain maintenance during the winter months, so now is a good time to contact us and discuss your requirements
Based in East Anglia but operating nationwide, the company provides a GPS based quality land drainage design and installation service to agricultural, equestrian and sports field customers. Miles Drainage manufactures the Single Leg Mole Plough as well as supplying spares and wearing parts
For further information or advice on any of the services offered by Miles Drainage please call 01359 259424
Miles Drainage Ltd