|It poured most of the day today. Good day for ducks, maybe. Again to day we are in pothole country. I like seeing how many of the farmers plow around the potholes. Some have even put artificial nest boxes next to the ponds. Cattle farmers often fence around the ponds. We are talking a size range for the ponds of 10X10 feet to about an acre. There are a few very large ponds.
I have been on the lookout for irrigation equipment. In the miles and miles of driving we saw one farm with two center pivots. There are lots of little manmade ponds that I assume are used for spray water. Farming must be pretty healthy in this area cause we saw vertually no abandonned fields. Everything has been tilled and cropes planted. There were many fields with seed no-tilled into last year's stubble. GO NO-TILL. I wish there was a tour guide for the farms. We have had so many questions about what the planted crop is or why fields are tilled in a certain way, what are the conservation practices, etc. They don't use waterways or diversions here. No long slopes. An occational short steep hump. I saw some places in the rain today where a waterway might have helped. There was some ephemeral gullying happening.
Again... the DUCKS. Really, every farm has potholes and every pothole has ducks. There aare so many pools and ponds that you would be hard pressed to count the ducks. We're talking 10's of thousands of ducks, easily.
George is really impressed by the black stoneless soil. Sure would like to send some of this soil to Bruce Roope!!!