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article imageFarming the Palouse

By photoguy     Jan 14, 2007 in Travel
Farming practices in the Palouse Region of Eastern Washington are characterized by the widespread use of strip-cropping to combat erosion.
The Palouse Region in Eastern Washington is characterized by the fertile valley floor along the creeks and rivers and hills of wind-blown loess. The loess was deposited by the ancient floods that at one time inundated the region. The fine-silty soils are very prone to erosion by the seasonal rains.
The region is a model of the effectiveness of strip-cropping on the steep highly erodible hillsides to control erosion. The photograph shows the unique pattern of the fields that had recently been plowed following the contours of the hillside in preparation for planting a new crop of spring wheat.
The valley floor at the farm in this photograph is used as a pasture, which strikes a beautiful contrast against the hills and the blue sky in the background..
This is only one of the beautiful regions that make the landscapes of Washington so unique. A new panorama opens up around each bend in the road.
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