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Subsurface drainage in the Red River Valley

Since the late 1990s, subsurface (tile) drainage system installations have increased in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota due to a wet climate cycle, increased crop prices and increasing land values.

As a fairly new practice in the region, many questions are being asked about tile drainage. Here, we attempt to briefly answer some of the more commonly asked questions.

Determining if drainage is right for you


Design and installation


Benefits and effects


Gary R. Sands, Extension engineer, Chris Hay, former Extension engineer, South Dakota State University, Hans Kandel, Extension agronomist, North Dakota State University and Tom Scherer, Extension engineer, North Dakota State University


Content was created in partnership with North Dakota State University and South Dakota State University.

Reviewed in 2018

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