Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Strange Consequences of the Flooding

How Deep Are the Ruts?

The farmer who plants on the Van Dyke Farm got his tractor stuck in the field.

Big deal?

Yes, when you consider he was well up in the field above the flooded area. Yes, when the story goes that a bulldozer could not pull him out and that it took some other heavy equipment to do the job.

What is going on?

This field, like the one on the Habiak Farm that is now a streambed, has been farmed successfully for centuries. Now, a modern tractor cannot plow it to plant seed.

The farmers in the know speculate the hydrology of the area has been severely compromised by the constant flooding.

Whether the engineers will agree or not remains to be seen.


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