I agree with most of this. Man has an influence, whether you consider
this "natural" or not. However, this year, most of the situations
where the soil is blowing is due to lack of rainfall, resulting in less
growth and cover than normal. It is not a result of man's "removal" of
I know of one case where vegetative cover was removed, not by man but
by mother nature. Earlier this spring, conditions on grasslands were
very dry as evidenced by the numerous wildfires from Texas to Kansas.
In Meade County, Kansas some CRP land caught fire. In the following
days, a "Dust Bowl" type storm removed several inches of soil.
John Tatarko | firstname.lastname@example.org
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