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Posted 2/22/2021 13:08 (#8851053 - in reply to #8850890)
Subject: RE: Cost to level land to grade

Crawfordsville, Arkansas
Big Ben - 2/22/2021 10:27

Detroit - 2/21/2021 20:28

indeeppigfarmer - 2/21/2021 16:20

I probably misunderstood the op question... thought he was wanting to get set up for irrigation even though it isn’t often (or ever) used in his area.

Here leveling for irrigation would end up messing up a farm even though it happened a lot years ago. And dirtwork for drainage means digging a ditch ( which is hard to get approved today)

What does “messing up a farm” really mean?

On a lot of our ground, leveling would mean it would never again be fit to farm. Once you remove the thin layer of topsoil, there’s nothing but rock of various size down there. Other places, once the topsoil is off, the clay underneath is more fit for making pottery than for farming.

I’m blessed to be born in an area where there are no rocks. Topsoil is mostly deep but we got some thin spots too. Lots of places would see a 2-3’ deep cut and in those places we will remove the good dirt and put it back after leveling. Lots of chicken litter in those deep cuts too and usually 2 years of rice and you’re good to go.

We got killer snakes but no rocks. It’s a trade off I guess!
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