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Crops Planting In The US - Strange Patterns

Mon Nov 27, 2006 11:15 pm

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?



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RE: Crops Planting In The US - Strange Patterns

Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:03 am

Crops are often planted so that the rows are at right angles to the slope. That way the rows run across the slope and irrigation doesn't flow downhill as easily.
 
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RE: Crops Planting In The US - Strange Patterns

Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:47 am

Quoting Avt007 (Reply 1):
Crops are often planted so that the rows are at right angles to the slope. That way the rows run across the slope and irrigation doesn't flow downhill as easily.

You mean these aren't the work of aliens from outer-space?
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RE: Crops Planting In The US - Strange Patterns

Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:57 am

Quoting Avt007 (Reply 1):
That way the rows run across the slope and irrigation doesn't flow downhill as easily.

I believe the technical term is contour farming.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contour_farming

Helps to minimize topsoil erosion.
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RE: Crops Planting In The US - Strange Patterns

Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:01 am

Quoting Avt007 (Reply 1):
rows are at right angles to the slope

Often called contour plowing, it is very effective in controlling erosion.

Now if you want to see some interesting planting, go to GoogleEarth.
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RE: Crops Planting In The US - Strange Patterns

Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:19 am

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 3):
I believe the technical term is contour farming

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!

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