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Optimal Design Drainage Rates for Eastern South Dakota

Updated August 31, 2021
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David Kringen

SDSU Extension Water Resources Field Specialist

Written collaboratively by David Kringen, Chris Hay, Todd Trooien and Govinda Karki

Subsurface drainage is a water management practice that has seen dramatic expansion in South Dakota over the past several years. While drainage can bring about significant agronomic benefits, the installation of pattern drainage (tiling) can represent a significant financial investment to the producer. Therefore, installing a drainage system designed to maximize net returns is the most efficient use of the producer’s resources.