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Forage Options for the Freeze-Damaged Wheat

Forage Options for Freeze-Damaged Wheat In April some parts of Kansas froze, froze to the point of damage occurring to winter wheat, and as time passes the damage is becoming more and more apparent. And because of the situation many growers are being forced to make the difficult decision between keeping the wheat crop to…
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Techniques You Can Use to Improve Your Drainage Pt. 2

Techniques You Can Use to Improve Your Drainage Pt. 2 An investment of some time and land that could benefit your farms drainage, a woodchip bioreactor, as a way of removing nitrates from your soil. Bioreactors have been subject to many studies in Illinois and have proven removal of nitrates from your water. A woodchip…
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Techniques You Can use to Improve Your Drainage

Techniques You Can use to Improve Your Drainage In farm draining and tiling there are new kinds of methods to control how much water is in your fields. Decades ago farmers began to test new and different ways of controlling water amounts in their fields, and one of them were early drainage systems. They assisted…
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You and Your Soil

You and Your Soil All crops of have a certain pH level for the soil it’s currently growing in that will be idea for that crop to grow, and in many cases won’t grow at all if the current pH level is too uncomfortable for the certain crop.  Soil Acidity Factors Rainfall Rain is one…
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What is The Most Popular Cover Crop?

What is The Most Popular Cover Crop? There are all sorts of cover crops and some are better in certain situations than others, but according to the 2020 Cover Crop Benchmark Study shows that Cereal Rye was the top competitor with a whopping 64% of farmers utilizing it in their fields. It’s no surprise either,…
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Maximizing Profit

Maximizing Profit Many people don’t realize the fact that American Farms are the original small business that literally built this country. Whether your farm is large or small, family-owned or corporate, farms are all businesses. Profitability is a huge concern and getting the most out of our lands is essential for success. Getting the largest…
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Ohio Helps Farmers Pay for Cover Crops

Ohio Helps Farmers Pay for Cover Crops Attention Ohio farmers. Ohio has a cost share program that helps cover the cost of cover crops. We’ve talked repeatedly about the need for cover crops for soil health, erosion prevention and proper drainage. The problem most farmers face is cost. No one enjoys the idea of paying…
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Wettest Year on Record

Wettest Year on Record According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2019 was the 2nd wettest year on record. Across the United States, we had more precipitation than any other year aside from 1973, since we’ve started keeping track. This has presented both a problem and a blessing. A blessing because many dry…
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Avoiding Soil Compaction at Harvest pt. 2

Soil Compaction and How to Avoid it (Part 2) Welcome again to the Richland Micro Drainage news section. We appreciate you taking the time to read our blogs. Last time we were speaking about soil compaction and how to avoid it by staying off sodden fields and reducing weight of farm equipment. Today’s article will…
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Soil Compaction

Avoiding Soil Compaction at Harvest pt. 1

Soil Compaction and How to Avoid it (Part 1) For most farmers soil health is a constant concern. So many factors can affect your crops, but none more so than the ground in which they grow. Things like climate we can do very little about, however, soil compaction is both foreseeable and mostly avoidable. When…
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Picking the Right Cover Crop

Picking the Right Cover Crop Farming using the Strip-Till method continues to grow in popularity across the United States. Its benefits both from a conservation standpoint and by overall crop yield is undeniable. However, those new to Strip-Till or even those who are experienced often wonder if they are using the best cover crop. Experimentation…
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The Downsides of Herbicides

Dangers of Herbicides Since the proliferation of No-Till Farming beginning in the mid 60’s, the volume of agricultural herbicides has exploded. This is the largest criticism advocates of traditional till farming have of No-Till practices. No-Till relies on crop debris from the previous harvest to fertilize the soil, which it does remarkably well, unfortunately this…
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Fall Herbicide Treatments

Why Fall Herbicide Treatments Are Important in 2019 Fall Herbicide Treatments – Why It’s Important   Fall 2019 has been particularly difficult year for weeds. Some choose not to apply any herbicide to their fields, but this might be the year those few make a change. In the second half of the season this year…
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New Technologies and Methods

New technologies and methods are helping growers manage moisture levels in their fields and improve the timeliness of farming operations. As growers push to get more bushels from every acre, efficient drainage systems are needed to carry away excess water in a timely manner. But many fields never realize their full potential because of clogged…
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Is Micro Drainage Profitable?

Will using the Micro Drainage System save me money? We believe it will not only save you money, but make you money! If it were not the case, we would not be in business! We are here to provide you with the most economical route in No Till or Strip Till Farming. We have seen…
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The Seed Terminator

Do you have an issue in your field(s) with rye grass? A solution may soon be on its way. The Seed Terminator was invented in South Australia. It can be retrofitted to new and used tractors of various makes and models The retail cost is about $75,000. Currently, the machines are being trialed in Washington…
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What is Your Crop’s Efficiency Score?

Imagine this; a number for your crops like a credit FICO score that gives you the ability to make informed decisions based off of economics, seed, crop protection, fertility, operations, and management. A new Data Visualization platform has been launched that does just that. It is focused on grower dashboards and group bench marking. It…
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Subsurface Drainage

Subsurface Drainage And the Micro Drainage Concept Subsurface drainage is a pipe installed beneath the ground surface to collect and/or convey excess water. Not everyone considers it a necessity. However, those that utilize it will tell you the benefits from having subsurface drainage are hard to live without! There are different ways to go about…
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Surface Drainage

One route to consider when addressing over saturation During rain the fields become wet. The water filters into the soil and is stored in its pores. When all the pores are filled with water, the soil gets saturated and no more water can be absorbed. When rain continues, pools may form on the soil surface,…
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The Advantages of Micro Drainage with Conventional Farming.

How our concept can benefit the conventional farmer. You all know how important it is to prepare the soil properly for your crops. With all the rain we received this year, it is also important to make sure that your beds drain properly. Why do we need to pay attention to drainage? Drainage ensures that the…
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Roots Plugging Your Tile?

The Advantages to Our 2-inch Tile Drain Anyone who has tile drains in their fields will tell you one thing you have to keep an eye on is the root systems getting in there and plugging things up. It is, of course, a part of nature, as plant life grows the roots do too, searching…
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What is Strip-Till Farming?

Understanding the difference Strip-till is a way to help conserve the earth by using a minimal amount of tilling. It is a combination of conventional tillage and no-till methods. By doing so you are disturbing only the portion of the soil that is to contain the seed row. The potential on this is to get…
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Why Micro-Drainage Works So Well with No-Till Farming

The benefits of our system If you are new to no-till farming or to micro-drainage, then maybe you do not realize that the two work beautifully together. Here is why. Micro-drainage is (just as it states) a system that uses field tiles that are smaller in diameter than what was once used, and placing them…
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Why Choose The Ditch Assist?

Why Choose The Ditch Assist? At Richland Micro-Drainage we only offer what we believe are the highest quality products at the best prices. We have done our research and chose to work with these companies because we want you to have exactly what you need to make the most of your time and efforts. Here…
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Why Choose the Geologic Computer System (GCS)?

Why Choose the Geologic Computer System (GCS)? At Richland Micro-Drainage we only offer what we believe are the highest quality products at the best prices. We have done our research and chose to work with these companies because we want you to have exactly what you need to make the most of your time and…
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What is “No-till farming”?

What is “No-till farming“? It sounds boring, doesn’t it? The term basically describes ways to grow crops each year without disturbing the soil through tillage or plowing. A plow flips over the top layer of soil incorporating nearly all residue into the soil.  No-till relies on natural processes to break down residue from the previous…
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The Pros and Cons of No-Till Farming

The Pros and Cons of No-Till Farming So you are thinking of making a change but want to weigh your options? Well here is the bottom line. Advantages Reducing fuel, labor, and equipment costs are the biggest benefits of not doing any tillage. The price of diesel alone is something to consider.  That’s also fewer…
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Why Is The pH of Your Soil Important?

Why Is The pH of Your Soil Important? The material that erodes to make soil originally determines pH. If it contained more acidic materials, such as granite, the soil created from them will turn out more acidic. It works the same way for alkaline materials such as limestone, if this is a dominant feature in…
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Drainage and Irrigation of Your Fields

Drainage and Irrigation of Your Fields In order to yield the best crops, you need to have proper irrigation and drainage. Irrigation is the process whereby water is applied artificially to the soil in order to supplement insufficient rainfall. While drainage is the process involved in the removal of excess water in the soil.  Irrigation helps to grow…
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Importance of Soil Health

Importance of Soil Health Making sure your soil is healthy before spring planting plays an important role in the success of your crops. Whenever you’re thinking about soil health, it’s important to consider a variety of aspects. One way to improve soil health is to keep the soil covered. Keeping the soil covered allows the…
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The Benefits of Snow Covered Fields

The Benefits of Snow Covered Fields It’s that time of year yet again when snow begins to fall and covers our fields in a white blanket. This time of year, the fields often look beautiful, covered in fluffy snow but this raises the question, ‘is snow good for the soil?’ So, does anything good really…
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Infiltration Simplified

Infiltration Simplified When it comes to soil health infiltration is an important aspect to be aware of but sometimes it can be confusing as to what exactly infiltration is. The process of water infiltration into soil is commonly not understood by farmers. Many believe that soil run off is unavoidable and just something that happens,…
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Winter Soil Health

Improving Your Soil Health During Winter With winter creeping in on us it’s time to make sure that your soil is ready for the harsh winter temperatures. Doing so helps to ensure that your field is in good condition when springtime finally arrives. Many people assume that once the temperature of the soil hits 45…
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In House Pipe Production Saves Money

In House Pipe Production Saves Money! Exciting things are happening here at Richland Micro Drainage! We’re thrilled to announce that we are now in house with 2in pipe production! This is a great thing for everyone involved in the drainage industry as we can now cut back up to 40% off the cost it takes…
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Agrem Partnership

Agrem Partnership Richland Micro Drainage is happy to announce that we’ve partnered with Agrem! We’re excited to have this partnership because for the first time we’re able to have a software for our contour draining systems. Agrem specializes in growers, landowners, farm managers and contractors to provide water strategies that meet their needs and the…
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What to know about Drainage

What You Need to Know About Drainage Looking to start draining your field? Here’s what you’ll need to know before digging. The thing to keep in mind when draining is that water shouldn’t sit on the field. Keep in mind proper drainage will help prevent this from occurring. If you want an easier experience in…
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Why Micro Drainage is Different

Why Micro Drainage is Different Micro Drainage is a different way to drain your fields that you may not be as familiar with. The concept of Micro Drainage is to scope out sustainable drainage systems to see what will be best for your project. This concept is also makes it easier to customize your drainage…
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What to Know Before you start to Dig

What to know before you start to dig Looking to start draining your field? Here’s what you’ll need to know before digging. The thing to keep in mind when draining is that water shouldn’t sit on the field. Keep in mind proper drainage will help prevent this from occurring. If you want an easier experience…
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Why is Drainage Beneficial?

Why Drainage is Beneficial? When you’re a farmer there are certain things you must do to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your crops that you’ve planted. One of those things is proper drainage of your fields. During heavy storms rain can wash out your crops if you don’t have proper drainage causing…
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The Importance of Good Soil

The Importance of Good Soil The secret to great crops starts with great soil, if you don’t have healthy soil you can’t have healthy crops. Just like anything else health starts from the beginning, with plants growing from the soil it’s important to give the seeds you plant the best chance to grow.  Healthy soil…
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The History of Micro-Drainage

The History of Micro-Drainage While the agriculture industry has been around for centuries, it is still learning stuff to advance the process along. One of the issues that many farmers have is their land retains too much water causing production to be lower than it could be. Farmers first started fixing this issue by hand…
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Our Client Tiers

The Three Tiers of Our Clients Tier one: This level is to provide services of less than 80 acres of drainage installation of their land. At this tier, it is not practical to buy your own equipment. To provide services to you, we have created a network of small committed operators and drainage contractors across…
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How We Evaluate Our Potential Customers

How We Evaluate Our Potential Customers The way we evaluate potential clients comes from more than five years of evaluation, experience and understanding of how it functions beneath surface. Due to lack of understanding of combining drainage with soil biology was the major driving force behind what we do.   Micro Drainage Concept is a free…
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How We Evolve to Meet the Needs of Our Customers

How We Constantly Evolve to Meet Our Clients Needs Here at Richland Micro Drainage, our focus is always on developing and improving our individual team member’s character and competency, thus achieving maximum results for our clients. This guiding principle influences every aspect of the products and services we provide; from our Micro Plows to the…
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