Northumberland Desert

Dust blown onto the adjacent pasture (c) Duncan Hutt

Dust blown onto the adjacent pasture (c) Duncan Hutt

Dust dunes by the road (c) Duncan Hutt

Dust dunes by the road (c) Duncan Hutt

After a year of rain and then a month of dry and cold weather the most recent problem we have faced in Stamfordham has been dust!  A large expanse of land has been cultivated, ploughed and sown, the surface has dried and the recent strong winds have lifted the fine layer of dry dust.  Everything is covered in a fine layer but close to the field the dust has resembled sand dunes beginning to encroach on neighbouring fields and on to the road.  The recent ploughing activity is unusual, much of this would have been done in autumn with crops already green in the fields.  The wet weather prevented access to the fields so a late sowing and delayed germination because of the cold has conspired to create conditions somewhat unusual in Northumberland.

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One Response to Northumberland Desert

  1. viv blake says:

    Horrendous: this looks like the US dustbowl. What on earth are those poor farmers going to do?

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