Land Drainage

Top 5 reasons to invest in land drainage

With harvest out the way and the fields once again bare, lots of our customers are currently busy installing land drainage. Investing in your land in the current economic climate may seem like the wrong thing to do but ensuring your fields are well drained could make all the difference. Our customers have reported improvements of up to 40% in [...]

The best strategy for banishing black grass & maximising yields

Black grass is an unwanted but familiar sight on many arable farms across the UK. It is one of the most prolific weeds in England, with 63%* of farmers stating they have issues with the plant. Although there isn’t a miracle answer to your black grass problem, we can shed light on the best strategies for decreasing black grass [...]

A History of Land Drainage Machines

The installation of land drainage has been going on in the UK for centuries. It has played an important part in improving crop yields for farmers and making waterlogged land usable for the construction sector. Digging agricultural drainage ditches many years ago was a mammoth task. Back then they were largely excavating and laying clay pipe by hand – not an [...]

Why is land drainage so important to UK farmers?

The importance of land drainage to the UK farming sector has never been so high. With commodity prices remaining low and the added uncertainty around what Brexit could bring, the focus now needs to be on controlling input costs and maximising yield and quality. Good land drainage facilitates all three:Reducing input costs Maximising yields Maximising qualityIt all starts from the soil up If [...]

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Flooding impacts the demand for land drainage

The recent scenes of flooding caused by Storm Angus gave us a stark reminder of last winter’s terrible floods. With such extreme wet weather now becoming such a regular occurrence, those involved in grounds care, sports, amenities, estates and green space management are claiming it is becoming an increasingly important issue for them. A survey we recently undertook at SALTEX revealed [...]

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Low commodity prices impact demand for land drainage

Low commodity prices are having an impact on the demand for land drainage. With commodity prices at an all time low, some farms have this year chosen to rest their land and instead invest in land drainage to maximise crop yields once prices return.   Our MD, Andrew Cotterill, commented: “This year we’ve seen a number of farms hold off on planting [...]

Demand for land drainage systems at its highest in 20 years

Soil management is becoming an increasingly important issue for UK farmers. In fact, we believe the demand for land drainage is at its highest level since the end of the 1990s. This heightened demand is being driven by two key factors:a surge in old clay piping systems reaching the end of their lifespan and; an increase in more extreme wet weather.The [...]