Contour Farming in Wisconsin's Driftless Area

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Comments (18)

mardrl on September 5, 2010

Wonderful shot with great composition. I like the flowers in the front and the great depth. Like!

joyfotos on September 5, 2010

Thanks Margot! This is one shot you can see on the map:) I was trying to show the contour farming. When I was over on Marilyn's site looking at the round barns someone asked what the curves on the map were and I was all excited that I had a photo showing that. I was also excited to find that Marilyn and I had been in the same area at almost the same time. She went a week after I did. I liked the flowers too. Had some that showed them better but picked the one that showed the best of the contours. Thanks for the like!

pinkdaisy on September 5, 2010

thank you very much





joyfotos on September 5, 2010

You are welcome NİLÜFER! You have many beautiful photos in your gallery! Thanks for the visit and the like!

♥♥TRIKER12 on September 5, 2010

Contour farming?? It's very picturesque, but what benefits does it have, as opposed to blocks of crops (that are easier to harvest)

As a pikture this is great

joyfotos on September 5, 2010

It is a done to reduce erosion and I read actually increases yields if done on the proper land. It is used extensively in this area as it is hilly country. It is referred to as the driftless area as it is just below the glaciers which we had in this area that scoured and flattened the land and dug the many potholes which became todays hundreds and thousands of lakes our area is known for. Here is a link to contour farming.

joyfotos on September 5, 2010

Oops...should have read "..just below the reach of the glaciers we had in this area..."

| Timber Wolf | on September 7, 2010

Excellent photo, JF!

Cheers from GA


((Ospr3y)) on September 7, 2010

Ooops! Used Kyle's account. :\ Oh well at least I get to like it again. [: Cheers


joyfotos on September 7, 2010

LOL! Two view too:-)

♥♥TRIKER12 on September 7, 2010

Thanks Joy for the explanation, it is just what they do over here, but we never had any erosion to contend with, so I guess we just call it 'ploughing'! It is a very interesting way to work with Ma Nature, those Amish sure got their heads screwed on! (round of applause for the Amish) and my hat off to you for the interesting link

Have a good sleep!


JBTHEMILKER on September 7, 2010

Is is hard to plow a straight line, it has to be even harder to follow the contours.

JBTHEMILKER on September 7, 2010

I think I would crop out some of the foreground on this shot.

joyfotos on September 7, 2010

Hi Mike! Not to take any applause away from the Amish but....contour farming was in this area long before the Amish and is used by both Amish and "English" farmers. The Amish began settling this area in the 1960's and contour farming was introduced in the 1930's to the best of my memory. Now I wonder why they did it that way 'over there'?

I hear you JB but I guess it is all what you get used to doing. But if I did that I would loose the flowers:-)

David Brown Photogra… on September 10, 2010

Wonderful illustration Joy

I have to admit to no knowledge of this technique (but why would I?) until I say your photograph AND the map up right!

It looks like Chinese rice paddies.

Could keeping the horse drawn plough on level land also be involved in the reasoning do you think? It would mean more work out the horses if they don't have to climb hills?

Anyway, most fascinating - many thanks Jethro

joyfotos on September 11, 2010

Hi Jethro! My understanding was that it was introduced by the department of agriculture in the 1930 dust bowl days to decrease erosion. So it preceded the Amish in the area...but I am sure in the 30s much farmwork was still done by horses. I am sure the horses liked it better even if it was not done for their benefit:)

Béla Somlai on September 18, 2010

Hi Joy,

the picture of the map and your photo = spectacular imagery!


I appreciate for your kind visit and words. I'm glad you like my pictures!

Your gallery is so fantastic, I put them ( and You) into my favourites! Greetings from Hungary, Béla

joyfotos on September 18, 2010

Hi Béla! Thanks! Sometimes I think the satellite imagery is more spectacular than the photos but I really helps to have the photo to understand what the map is all about. Thanks for putting the two together.

I am honored that you have added my gallery to your favorites.

I hope you have a nice weekend!

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  • Uploaded on September 5, 2010
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    by joyfotos
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
    • Taken on 2010/07/18 08:24:46
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
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    • F/Stop: f/8.000
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