It really is not a question of "organic" vs. "conventional"; it is a question of being a part of the world around us, rather than trying to conquer the world. We need to fit in, just as farmers have fit in for thousands of years. They made mistakes and took their knocks like we did last week. We lost some soil in a few fields, but no more than the "no-till" farmers that rely on chemicals rather than cultivation to control their weeds. I know that none of the toxic chemicals headed for the Gulf of Mexico in the flood waters washed out of our fields, and there is some comfort in that.Bottom Line: Farming is a tough job. If global warming makes storms worse (yes, it will), then it's going to get tougher.
15 Jul 2008
Underwater in Wisconsin
A great post by a farmer describing rains (10 inches in 36 hours!), floods and snows and how to cope: