It gave us a rush to rip up more grass and get in on that seven-dollars-per-bushel corn for a fleeting time. But the damage was done, the soil gone. And now corn has crashed back to three dollars per bushel, prompting farmers to go after even more acres to get maximum revenue. The rule of modern agriculture: Spread your fixed costs over more acres.
“We’re moving down a one-way street,” Cruse said.
That black gold swirls in our lakes and rivers and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico. Those prairie potholes are the canaries in the coal mine. Lose the lakes and you won’t be growing corn for long. Not in Iowa, anyway. And we are losing them.
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