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The inside of a corrugated drain tile pipe. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

'Spools of black plastic everywhere': Drain tile on rise

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With land prices as high as $6,000 an acre, farmers are out to wring every dollar they can from their fields.

For many, that means installing drain tile. "Tile" -- which is actually corrugated plastic pipe 4 inches or more in diameter -- is buried 3 to 6 feet deep in a grid pattern under fields to drain flooded land and make it more productive.

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