April Sandstorm

In our area once you get North of US 24 soils start to get sandy. The terrain gets a little hilly in places, and the sandiest areas are often the highest. This year we didn’t perform any tillage on our sandiest fields, and judging by what I saw yesterday that was a good idea.

It’s been unusually dry this spring. The sand hills are dry in a normal year. All the fields around me yesterday with high areas of sand that had been tilled experienced some serious wind erosion. I even found a spot where sand was drifting like snow on the road. The most surprising thing is that none of this ground with blowing sand was being worked yesterday. Just about everywhere I looked yesterday there was a continuous cloud of sand moving across the land.  At one particularly windy part of the day I was outside the tractor and could feel sand hitting my face.

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A close up view of one of our fields. When I say sand, I mean sand.

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