Dakota Farmer

A look at installation of a new tile drainage system in South Dakota.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

November 10, 2020

6 Slides

Bob Hansen and his wife, Carol, have a water problem on their farm. So, the southeast South Dakota coupled decided to install a drainage water management system.

They worked with East River Land Improvement to install the system on 100 acres of cropland. The system allows them to regulate water on and off the field during the entire cropping season.

It involves a lot of heavy equipment and large drainage tiles.

Click through the slideshow above to see just how this system was installed.

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About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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