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Frequent Contributor

Roots in tile

Fixed a tile line today right out in a field that was in corn last year. The tile line was 40 feet from a fence line no trees within 150 yards but under corn that produced 280 bu per acre. Tile line was about 4 feet deep and totally slugged with roots. Anyone ever had a tile plugged with corn roots?

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Frequent Contributor

Re: Roots in tile

My theory is it was a year that produced an outstanding crop, but the crop used all of the water in the ground. Last fall and this spring have been dry until about a week ago when we received about 3.5 inches over 3 days. I think the water percolated down to the tile and the dead corn roots in the tile broke loose and went to possibly a little hump in the tile grade and started to catch and created a slug. Any other theories?

 

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Honored Advisor

Re: Roots in tile

That would be my guess, can`t see corn roots from only growing corn plugging the tile...unless you planted 60,000 and the row was right on top of the tile line  Smiley Happy   But I`ve seen a raccoon plugging a tile more than once.

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Roots in tile

I have had tile plugged with roots and mud, but ntot from corn to my knowledge.

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