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Area farmers look at switching from ditches to to drainage tiles

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A technique of subsurface drainage of water from farm fields that is beginning to catch on in the Red River Valley merits study to understand both its benefits and environmental costs, experts said Thursday.

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Drainage tiles, which collect water beneath the surface and use pipes to remove excess water from fields, are growing in popularity among farmers in the Red River Valley, but the method isn't yet in wide use, panelists at a workshop at North Dakota State University said.

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