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I’ve had a few questions about the Blank Slate. Here’s a picture of the field. You can see that I’ve drawn the borders around the field. It’s actually 61.1 Acres. I included a couple of arrows showing the direction of water movement. As you’ll notice, the hilltops have a white appearance from the years of soil erosion that have taken place.
Speaking of the erosion my Grandpa Nils explained to me that they didn’t have the option of no-till or reduced tillage back when he was farming. Tillage served the purpose of seed bed preparation, weed control, insect control, disease control, and more. For the farmers in hilly ground it was either do tillage or leave it in pasture. Erosion is a big problem all around the world. Fixing and re-building the soil is a long-term and expensive project and one I’m ready to begin on this piece of land. It’s just Responsible Nutrient Management and the best thing to do. I’ll detail the plan in an upcoming blog.
One other piece of information I’m going to leave today is the soil test for this field. You can find it at the following link.
Special thanks to my cousin, Chad, today for getting me started on Dropbox. It’s the best way to move files from one computer to another plus it’s a free backup for your files. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll send you a Dropbox invitation so we both get extra storage space for free.
Anyway, take a look at the soil sample to see what we’re up against. These particular tests came from the big, white, eroded hilltop furthest to the left in the picture.