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This article from an unidentified newspaper describes the problems that can occur if fields drain too rapidly and lose valuable moisture. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the rapid runoff of water "depletes our soils over twenty times as fast as growing crops." Terraces can prevent these losses by conserving water. The article encourages farmers to terrace their fields and even suggests that the formation of terracing clubs (essentially "co-ops") would divide the costs of terracing equipment among all the members. It also includes images of farmland prior to and after terracing.

Date: Between 1932 and 1938

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This article, as one of the few sources that discusses terracing, can provide another example of how farmers struggled to overcome soil erosion; the companion images are also useful.

KS:7th:5.1:Agriculture and the Dust Bowl (2005)

Item Number: 210651
Call Number: 978.1 -W27 Washington County Clippings, v. 2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210651

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