Times are a changing..times are getting tougher.
People that enrolled their land in CRP ( Conservation Reserve Program) or before that it was a similar program called Soil Bank of the 1950’s are selling out. Traitors.
Fields that reverted to Natural Prairie, saving the soil and the water from the pesticides and over use by the Corporate Farmer are falling by the wayside one by one.
First they come in and put in a well for a center pivot irrigator.
This field has not been farmed for years..I am sixty ..sigh..and I have never seen a crop planted in this field. It has always been a natural prairie home to the tall grasses, flowers, birds, rabbits and mice.
A spark burned this section of land on Friday when we had the wind from hell.
This piece of land is two miles south of us. Everyone was concerned where the wildfire would go..Far Guy said the flames were awesome. His Uncle lives to the west, the wind was from the south..the fire travelled north. If it would have jumped the road..it would have been an out of control fire in the mainly pine forest along the lake. The helicopters couldn’t fly and the water dumpers were grounded due to the wind.
This photo is history. History of the Tall Grass Prairie that soon will become a home for potatoes that make Extra Long French Fries that stand up in a box..pinto beans and small grains.
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
- Aldo Leopold
I have more to say about this subject..but for now I will be quiet.
I found an old copy of my favorite book at a garage sale the other day. A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold..if you would like to be entered into a drawing for it then leave me a comment. Please tell me how close do you live to a Tall Grass Prairie? I live a mile from one..so far it has escaped the clutches of the corporate farmer. I will draw a name on Monday night. The book cost a whole quarter, I buy them when ever I see them at garage sales..and I pass them on to people who I know will appreciate them:)