> Following hurricane Floyd the past few days, my first thoughts were of
> course were with the people who were in its path, hoping that no one got
> killed and that the damage wasn't too bad.
> My second thoughts were about all those hog lagoons in North Carolina and
> all those chicken farms on the Delmarva Peninsula. What does 20 inches of
> rain do to them? Did they hold up? Or did they fail, making life worse for
> the people in the area.
According to the local news (WRAL), an estimate of 100,000 swine and 1,000,000
poultry are dead. Water quality is expected to be affected. More importantly,
one river (the Neuse) runs through two counties with more pigs than people, and
is not expected to crest until Wednesday, at 24 to 26 feet above flood stage!
-- Russ Bulluck Ph.D. Candidate Department of Plant Pathology North Carolina State University PO Box 7616 Raleigh, NC 27695-7616
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The soil population is so complex that it manifestly cannot be dealt with as a whole with any detail by any one person, and at the same time it plays so important a part in the soil economy that it must be studied. --Sir E. John Russell The Micro-organisms of the Soil, 1923 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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