Finding New Ground

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There are areas where the high water is destroying some of the river bank frontage. The swift water scours out the bank in spots where the land is caught in the swirling turbulence and the river then deposits the silt broken from the bank in other spots.

Silt deposits are good for the fields in moderation. Silt works into the ground after time and improves the composition of the soil. A thin layer of silt allows the grass to grow up through it. The cows enjoy the taste of the grass that grows.

The flood waters do not always distribute the silt evenly. There are areas in the field that are more than seven inches deep with silt. This is enough material on top of the grass to keep it from growing through the layer, if left as it is, it would kill out the spots of grass. In a year or two, weeds and brush could take over the new ground and hamper any grass growth.

Right now, there is nothing that we can do with the gooey mess in the fields. Come spring, the fields will have to have a harrow run over it to break up the silt and allow grass growth to pop through the layer.

A spring tooth harrow hooked behind a tractor.The deepest spots of silt may have to be stirred by the harrow several times over the driest part of the spring months.



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