PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11113 posts, RR: 63 Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1348 times:
A few weeks ago I was flying from Minneapolis to Detroit and I couldn't help noticing the really strange patterns that the crops are planted in. It wasn't just a few fields, there were hundreds and hundreds of fields planted like the picture below.
Does anybody know why this is, I'm curious as to the reason for such strange patterns?
Often called contour plowing, it is very effective in controlling erosion.
Now if you want to see some interesting planting, go to GoogleEarth. N 33° 13' 33" W 111° 35' 51"
Or if you are not real handy with lat/long just go to Chandler Arizona, Williams (ex AFB) from there go southeast on S. Rittenhouse Road about 6.5 miles (to the first bend) Just past the bend in the road, turn west on E. Cloud Road.
What you are looking for is on the south side of E. Cloud, between Rittenhouse and S. Signal Butte Road
It helps to have GE set at West-UP at this point.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Thanks for the replies everybody, I know the landscape looks quite flat from above, but I suppose down on the ground it must be pretty hilly. It's surprising though, here in the UK we grow crops in fields that are quite steep, certainly more-so than in my picture, but we don't use the contour method as much if at all.
Quoting SlamClick (Reply 4): Now if you want to see some interesting planting, go to GoogleEarth.
Some people are very creative and have a lot of time on their hands!