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Old 04-16-2017, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by branxhunter View Post
So what is the idea of the terraces at your place Rick? Is it to slow down overland runoff and promote infiltration? It is hard to tell from the photos but some of that soil looks sandy - is erosion a problem?

Good Question.....complex answer. Not sandy! The soil in N. Missouri is fragile and our forefathers burned all the topsoil off with bad farming practices.....they didn't know any better and our topsoil is now in the Mississippi delta. Underlying the topsoil is a nasty clay called Caliche. This means that once water has rutted the ground down to the clay we now have a downhill bowling alley which strips the ground into huge ditches. My farm has been in the Conservation Reserve Program(CRP) for 30 years and I now have generated enough topsoil to actually start growing things......like food!

Now here's the catch.....without terraces to gently remove the water from my fields, there will be no topsoil left for future generations to farm. Terraces do more than just help with erosion, they also help in building topsoil because of modern farming techniques. It's a win win for everyone. Responsible use of water and taking care of the land=food for the world!

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