It's been a soggy growing season for many areas of the province. Letellier, for example, has received over 550 millimeters of rain according to Manitoba Agriculture, while other areas like Somerset, Clearwater, and Killarney have seen upwards of 375 millimeters.
But while some crops in wet areas have struggled with excess moisture, it seems other crops are looking better thanks, in some cases, to tile drainage.
Precision Land Solutions president and CEO Chris Unrau says tiling isn't a perfect solution but has really shone this year because it's designed to handle the type of weather patterns we've experienced.
''We've had repetitive amounts of significant rainfall, so we'll get an inch, two days later we'll get another inch, and two days later we'll get another inch and a half, it just kind of keeps in that repetitive cycle," Unrau says. "In those types of situations, tile really helps to allow the water table to drain out slowly over time, so when the next rainfall comes, there's room for it to soak in."
Unrau says the more water-sensitive crops, like beans, have been particularly vulnerable to drown-out this year, but from his observations, tiling has helped even these crops flourish in the moisture stress.
"On the tiled land, it's pretty evident when you fly over that, yeah, maybe there are some parts of the field that are a little weaker than others, but when you compare them side-by-side with similar crops, similar planting dates, the amount of drown out is just not there."
At this point, Unrau says they don't know how the difference will affect yield at the end of the day.