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Tile drainage: The ultimate risk-management investment

February 16, 2018  By Farm Credit Canada

If someone told you there was a tried-and-true product available that would consistently increase your crop yields by 29 to 36 per cent, you would probably pay attention. These are the estimated yield benefits for systematic tile drainage in Ontario.

According to Sid Vander Veen, drainage co-ordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, the tile business in Ontario is booming. “We’ve been doing an annual survey since 1976 on agricultural tile sales in the province, and we are close to record highs in recent years. Over 180 million feet of tile went out in 2014,” Vander Veen says. The primary driver? High crop prices and land values.

It’s not cheap. It can cost $1,000 an acre or more depending on the property, but when land values are spiking, tile drainage is a proven way to boost production and revenue potential from your existing land base. For the full story, CLICK HERE.


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