By Norman J. Rosenberg
The North American nice Plains is a big international breadbasket yet its agriculture is under pressure by means of drought, warmth, harmful winds, soil erosion and declining flooring water assets. Biomass creation and processing at the Plains could partly fix a perennial vegetative hide and create employment possibilities. This booklet explores the prospect that the ecology and financial system of the Plains zone, and comparable areas, would receive advantages from the creation of perennial biomass crops.
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1936). Neither does it seem reasonable to expect that the influence of large-scale irrigation projects will extend very much beyond the irrigated region. Some believe that cloud seeding for rainfall augmentation will have a significant effect on the climate of the region. Others (the author included) find little evidence to support this belief. Rational planning for the region must recognize that the past climate of the Plains is the best indicator of what it is likely to be at least in the near future.
Evaporation—a critical facet of the Great Plains climate In the hydrologic cycle the precipitation that falls on terrestrial surfaces has various fates. Some runs off the land into streams and rivers and a portion of this reaches the oceans. Some of the water penetrates the soil and refills the root zone. The excess, if any, seeps down to the underlying water table or until it encounters an impermeable layer. A very large share of the water returns to the atmosphere via evapotranspiration (ET hereafter).
Frost-free season ranges from less than 100 days in the north to more than 200 in Oklahoma. The dominant vegetation of this province is shortgrass prairie, typified by bunched and sparsely distributed grasses among which are distributed scattered trees and bushes, among them sagebrush and rabbitbrush. Buffalo grass is prominent. Other grasses include grama, wheatgrass and needlegrass. Although soil organic matter (humus) is in low concentration, overall carbon content may be high because of the presence of precipitated calcium carbonate.