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Ponding everywhere

May 30, 2013 - Kriss Nelson
The accompanying photos were compliments of Bruce Voights of the NRCS office in Wright County. They show the amount of ponding and field rivers" that have developed just around Clarion as saturated soils were pounded by several heavy rains since the afternoon of May 24. Voights writes: "With past rains of such magnitude, it is important to have working waterways and conservation farming practices to lesson soil loss. "When it takes 400 years to make 1 inch of soil, one needs to conserve as much soil as possible. "Some farm fields lost more than 4 to 5 inches of soil in places. To replenish this soil loss naturally, it will take close to 1,600-2,000 years." Voights said farmers can find help in determining solutions to soil loss by contacting a local NRCS office. His number in Clarion is (515) 532-2165.


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Photo taken over R-38 (county K road) north of Clarion.