Narrow Slot vs. Sock in the Red River Valley
January 19, 2012
By Jamie Duininck, Vice President of Sales, Prinsco
As you probably know, agriculture drainage in the Red River Valley has an extra challenge as compared to the rest of the Midwest. Soil conditions can vary widely throughout the area, even within a few acres.
Here are a few rules of thumb, especially for the Red River Valley:
Yes, sock pipe does cost more! But, if it is the right product for the job, then I strongly encourage you to use it! Just remember that the extra expense of sock is only a small portion of your overall project cost and can potentially save you thousands of dollars down the road if you need to come back to that same field because of sand-clogged pipe.
3. USE THE 25% RULE*
When considering sock versus narrow slot pipe, remember this – if your soils are less than 25% clay, they probably need sock pipe. Also, if all the sand partials are the same size making it difficult for those partials to stick together, this may be another indication that you need sock pipe.
Both narrow slot and sock pipe are available from almost all pipe manufacturers. It is up to the contractor and the landowner to know their soils and be confident with their decision about what products to use. For additional help or advice, contact one of our experienced Prinsco sales representatives today!
*See http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/cropsystems/DC7685.html for more detailed information about the 25% rule and other drainage design issues