[NAFEX] Damage(weather matters)
tanisgrif at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 9 10:23:21 EDT 2007
Fortunately here (s.WI) the case seems to be more like Jim F in MN-- very few things
leafed out. Of fruit trees only pears & plums w/ swollen buds. Wild gooseberries &
red elderberry were leafing out out.
Speaking of drought, someone previously posted a statement about the Dust Bowl being
caused by over-use of chemical ag. Biggest cause was drought. That, and decades of
plowing up sod and over-grazing what wasn't plowed, in a region which went a few
decades without its normal bad droughts (which would have slowed the expansion of
ag). Not enough fence/hedge rows either, so harsh cmemical fertilizers & pesticides
were a relatively minor problem.
>From an older fellow who was trying to farm in WI in those years: "The first year
without rain was bad, the second year was worse, and the third spring the trees
didn't leaf out. And it was hot..."
--- Donna &/or Kieran <> wrote:
> ....As for Jim Fruth's comments, Jim, we too have wise plants with long chilling
> hour requirements. Alas, between January where we could sit around in short
> sleeves and shorts outside in the evenings, and March where we were sweating in
> the heat, this was an ambush. As for Richard Moyer's comments about welcoming
> this as a test to remove the pantywaist plants that can't make it in Tennessee,
> does he plan to remove everything except cedars, pines, and blackberries? Sorry
> Richard, but this was not your normal late spring freeze. This was a disaster for
> all life for the entire southeastern US. I've been thinking about it. Hailstorns
> only devastate small areas. Even hurricanes only cut a swath a mile or so wide.
> Earthquakes tend not to disrupt plants all that much. And alas, if the 22 year
> drought cycle holds, the bad weather is only beginning... Donna
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