Rain Strips Up to 20 Tons/Acre

Nearly one foot of rain that pelted the area over the Memorial Day weekend caused significant amounts of field soil to wash away at alarming rates.

Local conservationist Larrette Kolbe estimated that the string of storms caused area soil to erode at a rate of 10 to 20 tons per acre.

The annual limit for soil loss is supposed to be five tons per acre, she said. If more than a third of a farm experiences that sort of loss, “then we step in,” she said.

Even the best stewards watched their no-till residue wash away under torrents of rain Sunday night, Kolbe commented.

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