Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm
In 1979, a portion of the research farm was pattern tiled including the large tillage plots. This was used as an opportunity to compare tile installation methods: a conventional trenching machine (used widely prior to late 70s), and a trenchless “tile plow” machine. The tile plow inserted plastic tile using a mole approach, which is the current primary tiling method. This research showed that plow and trenching tiling methods were not significantly different and both provided adequate drainage. It also showed that water table measurements were influenced more by timing of water needs of the crop being grown and intensity of the rainfall event than tiling method. This report focuses on continued research completed on these trial plots from 2009 to 2011 measuring water table level.
Iowa State University
Pecinovsky, Kenneth T. and Cook, Jeffery D., "Water Table Level as Influenced by Rainfall, Crop Requirements, and Tiling Method during the past Three Years" (2012). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 92.