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Hugh Hammond Bennett, Soil Scientist  RSS feed

 
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He was part of selling a recalcitrant government on the fact that the storms of the dust bowl were man made, and the cures could be as well.

http://appalachianmagazine.com/2017/06/28/1-the-north-carolinian-who-saved-american-agriculture-and-possibly-the-nation/
 
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Bennett was a true man for the times and should be considered a hero by all farmers. It is unfortunate that once the big chemical companies got to work on new fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides that many of his thoughts were cast aside.
Bennett is most likely spinning in his grave at the way farmers have abandoned the recycling methods he taught them to use to preserve the soil.
Today it is possible for a new Dust Bowl to occur because the farmer still thinks he has to till the land to bits before he can plant his crops.
In most of the states that were watching the topsoil fly by on the wind, you can still watch small portions of that same thing happening every planting season.
While Bennett was around, there was less total destruction of the farmlands than we see today.
It's like we either didn't learn from the first time around or we choose to ignore the folly of those times.

 
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There is an excellent PBS series on the dust bowl.  Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl   (I watched it on Amazon Prime video)  
 
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