Ten years after Charles Hood bought 30 acres, USDA officials claimed he violated wetlands rules. Hood won in court, but the victory may ring hollow. How many bites at the same wetlands apple does the government get?
Which technology is left on the table by many farmers, yet consistently saves dollars on fuel, labor, wear-and-tear, pickup mileage, time, and thousands of gallons of water? The open secret of soil moisture sensors.
Farmland often serves as a giant time capsule. Arrowheads, fossils, petrified wood, meteorites, marbles, coins, buttons and bullets are a portion of an endless list pulled straight from the trappings of yesteryear.
Harnessed to six-row, alternating strips of corn and soybeans, Jim Nichols boomed a 292 bu. yield average. Standing on the edge of his farmland, Nichols points upward at a carbon secret: His corn crop comes from the sky.
Two farmers had ground turned upside-down by a pipeline. Compounding the growers’ frustration, the government is allowing the pipeline to conduct a soil investigation on the same farmland it is accused of ruining.