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8 Kimball Trt-County News-Thursday, Oct. 3, 199] Severe llooding was common after ston,. Sea ero6m m rely me on unprotl Is. Dave Btnmm, PmmvlUe, looks over  and eartm dam that protlcted his tklld from 100 year storm. Conservation efforts pay off for local farmers after 100 year rain By Brad Wenz Stearns Coaty SWCD "The storm that went through the Payncsville area on SlXem- bet 7 and 8 was off onr charts," said Steve Sellnow, District Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Waite Park. "Our climalalogi- cad data shows the greatest likely rainfall event to occur over a 24- hotw period in 100 years is abont 6 inches. Farmers near Paynes- ville were reporting up to l0 inches from line Saturday m em.- ly Sunday," he said. Water was still standing in many fields more than a week later and severe erosion is evi- dent in certain mere. "Most row crop fields showed emsim damage but the soybean ground was hit the hardest," said Sellnow. "Soy- beans don' thave the leaf canopy that corn has right now. Gullies and soft sediment are awaiting many farmers ready m start har- VesL" From an erosion standpoint, it's a blessing that this rain didn't happen 5 months ago. "If this storm would have occurred in the spring, right after planting, it would have been a disaster," according to Sellnow. "The only cultivated land that would have been spared would have been those areas with runoff and erosion controa practices appUed." One Lake Henry area farmer, Randy Hemmesch, was well epared for this smnn. tn 1989 he installed 4300 feet of tile out- let tenac on his sloping fields. Terraces are low earthen dikes constructed at intervals across the slope that direct runoff water to a stable oudet, in this case buried tile lines.  said that before he constructed the terraces gully erosion slowed down the harvest each fall. "It was hard to chop or combine that field because of the gully erosion when it was in corn," he remembered. Flooding was also a problem on the level area below the ter- raced field Hemmesch said. He speculated that a 6-inch rain like they had that weekend would have left a lot of standing water and fresh sediment in that field. "There were no problems after this rain.The terraces caught the runoff and reduced the flooding and sflling that we used to see," he said. Conservation practices passed an even more severe test on the Lloyd Peterson farm 5 miles southeast of Paynesville. "I measured 10.3 inches of rain from Saturday night through Sunday," said Dave Brinkman, Peterson's farm manager. "In one hour Saturday night I mea- sured 2.5 inches," he recalled. Peterson installed eight water and sediment control basins last year on two fields. Water and sediment basins are small earth- en dams constructed across a waterway. They direct the water to a buried tile line through a standpipe inlet situated against the toe slope of the dam on the upstream side. They did what they were designed to do according to Brinkman. "One basin hvd a pool of water in it measuring 150 feet long by 4 to 5 feet deep Sunday morning. By mid-after'- noon it was gone, with no ero- sion below," he said. The effects of the storm would have been different 2 years ago according to Brinkman. The small gJssed waterways he used to have in the fields wouldn't have done the job in this storm Dave said. "We had grassed waterways before the basins but they weren't wide enough," he explained. "I had to f'dl 3 to 4 foot deep gullies with a loader in order to cross them. They would have been much worse after the kind of rain we had." The basins, however, solved the problem according to Lloyd Peterson. "This is the answer," he said. According to Steve Sellnow the terraces on the Hemmesch farm and the water and sediment control basins on the Peterson farm were designed by the Stearns County Soil and Water Soil Conservation District (SWCD) and installed accord- ing to SCS specificiations. The USDA Agricultural Stabiliza- tion and Conservation Service (ASCS) office in Waite Park provided cost share funds. He urged farmers interested in these or other conservation practices to contact the SWCD and SCS offices in Waite Park (251-6718 or Sauk Centre (352- 2526. Kimball Chalter Mr. and Mrs. Aldon Benson attended the funeral service for Pat McLean on Saturday at pino R/vex. The flint ferrls whesl m erected at the 1893 Columbian Exposllkm in cNc, go. Studies show English speakers dislike a conversa- tional lull of over four seconds and try to fill the gap. Kimball Debi Capes 398-2575 il Senior Citizen Turkey Dinner Wednesday October 23, 1991 6:00 p.m. Community Education will again be hosting the 5th Annual Senior Citizen turkey dinner on Wednesday, October 23, 1991 at the Kimball Area High School at 6:00 p.m. The cost per person is $3.00 for the full turkey dinner, plus dessert. Everyone attending the dinner MUST pre-register by calling the Community Education office at 398-3781. The deadline to register is October 12. 1991. This dinner is reserved for the Kimball School District senior citizens only. (This year's dinner will be real turkey, not turkey roll). J & M Mini-Mart Hwy. IS &ss Hcmrs: 6 e.m. Mort. tim Fri. to 10:$0 p.m. Sat. & Sin., 7 e.m. to !0:30 p.m. T OIIBSTONE Pizza 50 OFF SMILEY'S PLAIN OR RIPPLE Potato Chips .oz 89 oxS139 Crackers 1 LB.. 7 Up, Diet 7 Up, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper 7 Up, Diet 7 Up, Dad's Root Beer, R C Cola, Diet R C Cola, Sunkist Orange, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Welch's Gra none: 398-2600 We accept food stamps.