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Jim Meade / Iowa City
Senior Advisor

Re: Recreational Tiling

Kay,

Farmers around here tiled out most serious drainage problems 80 years ago.  Most of the current tiling is aimed at increasing productivity or addressing isolated pockets like a side hill seep.  The hope is that with a more consistent soil water profile, they can get that last 10% of productivity out.  In my own opinion, not based on study, farmers have money and those not buying more land are tiling their own and even tiling rented land.  There is a lot of bigger equipment, too.

Iowa State has been pretty active in tiling studies the last 10 years after having let their department almost disappear earlier. 

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