PRAIRIE GRASS LIKE ON THE FARM'S BLACK SOIL


 The black soil on the eastern part of our 600 acre farm was covered with this very thick and heavy prairie grass. Thus the grass plus the wet gummy black soil made the ground impossible to plow with the wooden plows. Only with the development by John Deere of the iron plow was cultivation of the land possible. In addition underground tile pipe lines had to be installed to drain the soil sufficiently for cultivation. It is believed that the black soil was deposited on this area as the glacier that dug out the Great Lakes melted millions of years ago.

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