Life on the Farm - Jan to Apr 2018

Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018

Information & updates from January to April 2018.

Soil Erosion

Martin snapped this photo when he was out and about in late February.

Below is what he had to say about it. (Note - this is not a Mapleton's field)

Soil erosion late February 2018

I am seeing this everywhere. We've had a lot of snow and a lot of rain. Soils are either frozen or have become saturated, so the water can't soak in and goes over the top of the soil.

When the water runs over the top of the soil it washes the soil out, and ultimately that soil can get washed into waterways.

When fields are totally bare and plowed it's a problem. A cover crop or perennial forage such as hay would be good, and reduce the soil erosion.

The soil that is getting eroded is the top layer of top soil and organic matter. It has taken thousands of years for our soils to build up. Once they are gone, they are basically lost.

It is very difficult to build up soil and organic matter again. It's critical we protect what we already have.

Dirty Snow 

Soil erosion evident on snow.

Martin took this photo out and about the last week of January.  

(Please note, this is not a Mapleton's Organic field.)

You can see on the snow beside the field that top soil is blowing of the uncovered field.  This is what happens when you plough a field and then do not plant a cover crop.

The soil erosion is evident with snow, and will continue eroding until the spring when it will be planted.

Not only would a cover crop provide protection from soil erosion, it can be plowed under in the spring to compost into the soil, providing nutrients to future crops and building soil organic matter.

It's very important to keep top soil in place.  A loss of 1 millimetre per year is 1 inch in 25 years and we only have about 6 inches or less as it is.

Rosie & Arwa

Martin snapped this great photo mid-January.  Rosie loves Arwa and Arwa loves Rosie.

Rosie and Arwa at Mapleton's Organic

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