: Caption reads: "The fence shown in upper right center is constructed on the contour at the bottom of the meadow strip. The corn strip is approximately 70 feet or one corn shock row in width."
The photograph depicts strip farming of corn. Strip farming or strip cropping is a method of farming used when a slope is too steep or too long, or when other types of farming may not prevent soil erosion. Strip cropping alternates strips of closely sown crops such as hay, wheat, or other small grains with strips of row crops, such as corn, soybeans, cotton, or sugar beets.
Strip cropping helps to stop soil erosion by creating natural dams for water, helping to preserve the strength of the soil. Certain layers of plants will absorb minerals and water from the soil more effectively than others. When water reaches the weaker soil that lacks the minerals needed to make it stronger, it normally washes it away. When strips of soil are strong enough to slow down water from moving through them, the weaker soil can't wash away like it normally would. Because of this, farmland stays fertile much longer. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Agriculture--Ohio--History--20th century. Places