Agri View: Downstream Dilemma

Dan Agri View, Environment

Everett Griner talks about what is put in the soil eventually ends up downstream in today’s Agri View.

Downstream Dilemma

It doesn’t matter what the crop is or where it is grown. Without herbicides and pesticides farmers wouldn’t produce enough to make it worthwhile to plant a crop. downstreamDisease and insects would consume more than the grower would harvest. Few people, other than farmers, know how strenuously these chemicals are regulated. You see, some of every chemical a farmer uses either blows off or is washed off by rain into the soil. But it doesn’t stay in that soil. Rainfall washes it into ditches, streams and ultimately into rivers where it is carried into our lakes into the ocean. Ultimately, the accumulated combination begins to affect the quality of that water. At that point little or nothing can be done. So, what is the answer? What are we doing? Well, there is no answer. But, science is working on it.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner.