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Derelict to Productive: Drainage

The importance of drainage and maintaining drains can often be an overlooked step when managing croft ground. The benefits to spending time and effort into your field or croft drainage will see improvements in soil condition, reduce negative impacts such as waterlogging, soil poaching and compaction, erosion from water run off and will result in better forage growth through increased nutrient management. SAC Consultant and Isle of Lewis crofter Iain Murdo Macmillan talks through his steps and key points when considering assessing your drainage situation and speaks from his own experience.

A farmer stood at the bottom of a newly dug drainage ditch

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