Conservation resources going up in smoke

Laws, Forrest
October 2004
Southeast Farm Press;10/20/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 24, p5
Trade Publication
The article focuses on burning of rice fields in the U.S. When it doesn't rain in the Mid-South for more than a month, the grower has to obtain a permit exempting the field from a no-burn order. While that may seem like more unnecessary red tape, the permit serves a purpose. The permit requires growers to keep water tanks and trucks on hand to prevent the fire from spreading to neighbors' fields. Producers again are under pressure from rising input costs and low crop prices. And while it's tempting to take the easiest way out, such as burning off a field, others prefer the long-term approach of preserving resources, like crop residue.


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