SCHUTTE EXCAVATING, INC.

Ag Drainage Background


  ​With the development of yield monitors farm drainage has made some drastic changes in the past 20 years.  From the random tiling of "wet spots" and the occasional pattern system, farmers have quickly realized the benefits of tile drainage.  Pattern systems have evolved over the years as well.  With the advent of more cost efficient installation methods spacing has changed to maximize each soil types potential.


  Starting in 1998, looking for a more effective and economical way to drain the shallow Illinoian glacier soils that we farmed a business was born.  Very few pattern systems were installed on these soils, as they were deemed to shallow, poor in quality, and flat to return any investment from tile.  The systems that were installed typically used the 50' to 100' spacing of soil types to the north that were much deeper, and had much higher water moving capacity.  These systems also used deeper laterals, as the thought at the time was the deeper the tile the further it reached laterally to drain.  This was true in the more fertile Wisconsian glacier soils, but not so with our shallow limiting layers


  We quickly discovered that a shallower installation depth, combined with closer lateral spacing produced the type of results we were looking for.  The trial and error, and research to figure out these design and installation techniques is what led to our process we use today.  Now we have branched out and tiled in many different soils types and environments, gaining more experience along the way.  Building from what we learned from those before us, and studying techniques and processes used over the years we have developed a complete start to finish process for ag drainage.


  From helping with FSA determinations and paperwork , to organizing multiple landowners involved in mutual mains we can help you thru every step of a drainage project.  Full GPS site surveys are done for all systems with surveyor accuracy rovers. From these surveys very accurate topographical maps are created.  These maps are then used along with soil maps to design drainage systems.  We also have access to and utilize very accurate LIDAR and DEM maps to confirm total drainage areas, including property that may not be part of the project, but drains towards it.  We also go to great lengths to locate existing tile, determine the condition and assess the feasibility of keeping or eliminating it.  Use of old aerial images, drone photos at proper times of the year, as well as boots on the ground with a probe and rodder, every resource is used.  All field boundaries are researched as well to make sure any tile entering or existing the property is properly handled.


  Contact us to arrange a free site meeting and preliminary estimate.  All systems are designed, priced and approved before any work begins.​​