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Learning the importance of novel pulse crops and a different way to drain water

What are fenugreek and phacelia flowers and why should farmers look into tile drainage systems for their fields?

Those and countless other questions were addressed to farmers and non-farmers alike at the Conservation Learning Centre (CLC) on Thursday during its annual field day.

The biggest presentation made that morning came from Robin Lokken, the Manager of the CLC who provided an update on their four-year agricultural drainage project, which is now in its second year.

She explains is uses a common practice of surface drainage but they’re also looking into tile drainage. That’s the process that removes excess sub-surface water from fields and allows for better air space within the soil as well as proper cultivation and access by heavy machinery to help harvest crops.

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