I recently began taking a class called Soil and Water Conservation at Illinois State University where we have been learning about the importance of weather and erosion. I’ve always been very curious to how weather depicts the lives of farmers.
When taking this class, I began to think about the content we were learning. The Dust Bowl was a major reason to why farmers have changed their farming practices. The Dust Bowl began in the nineteen thirties and it was the greatest American man-made phenomena of all time. I learned that severe plowing of topsoil (which is about an inch of soil on the top of the ground) and no rain were tremendous factors to creating dust storms. I found that these storms changed the weather patterns that prevented rain to fall and plants to not be grown.
I saw that weather patterns changed because of such high storms which set in for ten years of no rain. These weather patterns made lives for farmers to live difficult to withstand during those times and today we look for ways to prevent weather changes from happening again. I currently didn’t know how big the Dust Bowl event has forever changed the lives of farmers. Here are some reasons I found why weather is so important to farmers.
- Without the proper amount of water for a particular plant there can be devastating consequences. Farmers spend money on labor, seed, chemical, and equipment in hope to have the perfect plants for their year, but they have to rely on Mother Nature to provide them rain which is something not in their power. Today, farmers use irrigation methods like sprinkle systems that shoot water into the air to water plants. They have also found ways to conserve water by putting hoses near to the plants to have less water usage and more harvest results.
- Farmers have long tried to match the right plant type to plant in the fields to predict the weather. They have a certain type of plant that can withstand the weather in order to have a good harvest. For example, a harder plant type will want to be planted if the forecaster is predicting a dry summer. Sometimes though the forecaster can be wrong and that can lead to a disastrous harvest. Farmers have to rely on Mother Nature to decide their decisions for planting the right plant type in their fields.
- The forecast is the ultimate reason farmers are so concerned about the weather. If a farmer receives too much rain their plants can die from being drown. There can also be causes of disease to the plant that can kill it and lead to all the plants to dying. The forecast can also have consequences to overheating. If a plant gets too much sunlight the plant can bake in the sun and burn to death.
Farmers worried during the Dust Bowl for rain to come and plants to grow just how they still do today. I see now how much events from the past can help farmers change for the better in the future. I only hope that you can do the same and show others that what we implement in our lives today have good and bad consequences long after we live. So let’s look for the best solutions moving forward each day and hope Mother Nature will forever be on our side. God Bless to All!