MOUNT VERNON — Crops aren’t the only thing affected by this spring’s cold, wet weather.
“Erosion has been worse than normal this year,” said Soil & Water Conservation District Administrator Rob Clendening.
Part of the reason was that a little frost remained in the fields a couple inches below the surface when the rains began in March. That kept water from being absorbed and when that ran off, it took some of the soft soil on top of the frost with it.
The lingering frost line caused soybean fields to have more erosion than normal. Although no-till farming techniques help, soybeans leave less cover after harvest than some other crops, such as corn, and when the rain came on top of remaining snow in early spring, it resulted in more erosion.
Clendening said most of the erosion problems are not in broad areas or even especially noticeable. They’re mostly around small waterways and drainage areas and some are in areas that have not had erosion problems in the past.