Barber County farmer Chris Boyd shot this photo as he was moving a wheat drill from one field to another. On the left is one of his no-till fields. On the right, note the stream of silt coming off a conventionally tilled field.
This field of growing wheat was spared river flooding and thanks to long-time no-till was able to absorb the water from days of rainfall totaling more than 7 inches.
It’s hard to believe this waterway is in the same area as fields left standing in water after consecutive days of heavy rain.
This pasture on the Alexander Ranch in Barber County looks beautiful after a week of rain that left cropland standing in water and rivers in flood. Rancher Ted Alexander says springs are running and streams are flowing but heavy vegetation in riparian areas and healthy grass meant little to no damage to the grasslands.
Deep gullies in this farm field are a reminder of the damage that heavy runoff can bring to farm fields. In addition to the loss of valuable topsoil, farmers have to face the daunting task of leveling the field for planting.