Mud Season Has Begun!

Mud season occurs during the late winter/early spring season  Roads and farm fields become muddy from the melting snow and rain.  This season is most prominent in areas where the ground freezes deeply during the winter time, covered by snow and then eventually thaws during the spring.  As this happens, the top layer thaws out, but the bottom layer is too frozen to soak up the melting surface.  Mud is the result of this saturation prevention of the top layer of soil.  The heaps of left over snow also melt, creating a giant puddle on the side of roads and ditches.

Abandoned farm house

Abandoned barn in the countryside 

Some of the negatives of this mud season is run off into sewers or water systems.  When it rains in the spring, this muddy top layer will drain into nearby creeks.  The by products from oil and gas from traffic or pesticides and herbicides from farming then drains into drinkable water systems.  Unfortunately, nothing can be done to stop this mud from occurring.  All we can do it wait for the sun to dry out the fields and puddles where vegetation can take its place.

Muddy field

Muddy field in Ohio

This muddy field located in the country side of Ohio is completely saturated from excess moisture. This season does not have an official beginning or length which makes the farmers impatient to get started on planting their fields.  The ground is so saturated that no vegetation can grow within the fields.  Each plant will drown from too much water.  All the farmers do now is wait.

Muddy boot print on an empty field

Muddy boot print on an empty field

 

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