Land Drainage – Our Most Valuable Asset?

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Water management is essential to ensure that land can reach its maximum potential whether in a regenerative or conventional system. Good land drainage has been the cornerstone of UK agriculture for thousands of years, improving soil structure and allowing water to be managed to avoid surface run-off, soil erosion, waterlogging and potential compaction. Protecting and valuing the soil is a shared foundation of both regenerative agricultural and land drainage. It is becoming increasingly important to look at all areas of the farm to assess productivity. Land drainage is essential to ensure that the soil can perform to its potential, maximising yields and water holding capacity, whilst avoiding potentially devastating flood damage to the crop, local habitats and the surrounding environment. Good land drainage can act as a catalyst for many regenerative agricultural practices, making their adoption easier and more effective. It is a vital asset and, whilst buried, must not be overlooked.