Tile drainage plays an important role in Wisconsin’s agricultural systems. Understanding the purpose of tile drainage, locating tile drainage systems and proper drain tile maintenance are key components to maintaining agricultural productivity and protecting water quality in Wisconsin.
A series of fact sheets titled “Tile Drainage in Wisconsin” have been developed with coordination between UW Discovery Farms, UW Extension and UW College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to inform farmers of the considerations of managing tile drained agricultural landscapes. The three fact sheets in this series, “Understanding and Locating Tile Drainage Systems", “Maintaining Tile Drainage Systems”, and "Managing Tile-Drained Landscapes to Prevent Nutrient Loss", can be found below. "Tile Drainage in Wisconsin" offers an overview of all three fact sheets in one file. This series of fact sheets allows farmers to make more informed management decisions when working in tile drained landscapes.