This weekend I went to a wedding in eastern Iowa, and I was able to see all the flooding that occurred there recently. I am from southwest Iowa, and though we received a large amount of rain during that period we were thankfully spared from any bad flooding. In eastern Iowa, however, many houses are condemned and much of the farmland exhibited sickly looking crops, bare ground, or still has standing water.
Unfortunately, the flooding probably did not have to be as bad as it was. But as a result of the last few decades of intensive farming, a bad flood was made worse. All around I saw a lack of grass waterways where they were badly needed, land that was not planted on the contour, and land that should not have been planted at all.
On the family farm we have employed a number of sustainable farming techniques that have maintained and improved our soil quality over the years. Our soil dries up faster on top yet still has good water holding capacity further down which protects the crop during dry spells. It may sound like I am bragging, but I am just trying to explain what agricultural soil should look like.
The issue is definitely a moral one. A farmer’s decisions affect thousands of people, and therefore it is absolutely necessary that these people are affected positively. Pouring nitrates into the drinking water, furthering the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, and worsening an already bad flood are not positive effects.
Anyways, continue to keep all the flood victims in your prayers, because they are still far from recovering from the devastating effects of this disaster.