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Posted 2/12/2024 17:51 (#10620682 - in reply to #10620336)
Subject: RE: Mole plow drainage?

NE South Dakota Clark, SD
KDD - 2/12/2024 13:00

So lets think about this....

A so-called "mole plow" is pulled through the soil to supposedly create a passageway that will drain water out of the soil profile. Just like a tile, i suppose? Except without the tile?
What happens to a tile that has a fault, crack, or failure? It usually fills with dirt, and plugs, right?
And so you are telling me that a drainage path through the soil, with no tile or structure whatsoever so hold the passage open will stay open enough to let water drain through it???
I don't think so....

Even if it did stay open long enough to work temporarily, why would I go the all the trouble and cost to pull a "mole plow" across a field and pay for the time, fuel, wear, and tear on equipment, when I could be installing tile by pulling a tile plow over those same acres, instead of some voo-doo mole plow?
The cost of the tile itself is usually only half or less of the cost of a complete tile job. Why not do it right and get the benefit for a lifetime, instead of for only a couple years?

But it is your land and your time and money....

I like the idea of the mole plow in situations where maybe a 4 letter "we are here to help" agency says you can't install tile. I would like to test one to see how long the channel will work. I know it is not a permenant fix, but would maybe last a few years or more. I have clients that have run there tile plows on grade with no pipe into restricted areas for drainage and it helps for a year or 2. The one I linked was developed in a very high clay lake bed similar to the Black Swamp.
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