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Tramline drainage system diverts water to non-compacted soil

A tramline drainage system launched at Cereals aims to address tramline soil erosion by diverting water to non-compacted soil.


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The Earthwake system consists of an auger within a metal frame, which cuts into the soil, spanning each individual tramline wheeling and creating a channel which directs water away from the tramline to the crop.


The large diameter, long pitched screw flights rotate in a three point linkage mounted frame. The implement is simply drawn along the ground, just like a roller.


In addition to loss of soil, erosion can result in nutrient and pesticide loss, potentially to watercourses.


The Earthwake machine can be used up until the crop reaches stem extension, without damaging growing plants bordering the tramline.


Rob Holland, of Lland-Ho, said: “It delivers benefits for the environment and water companies in that water is less likely to become polluted with unwanted chemicals.


“From the farmer’s point of view, they do not want to lose what is essentially their main asset, their soil.


“As well as this, because you are stopping water movement, farmers shouldn’t get water collecting in the low points of the field and so should not get deep ruts in those areas.”


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