Friday, May 3, 2013
Carrying Capacity - Another look
There are still a few more weeks remaining to get the corn in so all is not lost but you must remember at the current moisture levels the fields need at least a week to dry, if not more than that. I imagine the locals will simply switch to soybeans if they miss the date on the corn but the lesson is not lost on those of us who take note of local carrying capacity.
The truth of the matter is that without modern infrastructure and transportation this part of the country would be facing a sever famine level event right now. Even the wild life are feeling the effects of this long cold extended Winter-like Spring. The small numbers of quail that survived are losing eggs to the cold and wet along with the turkey and other ground nesting birds. The loss of agriculture will certainly be felt by the larger grazing animals especially deer and if it goes any further grain prices will go up as much or more than hay prices did last year.Another year of diminishing herd numbers.
On the flip side of things the lakes and ponds have filled back up nicely and the fruit trees seem to be thriving along with the dandelions. I also have seen some impressive wild mustard fields this year, something you don't normally see as the fields are usually turned over by this time of year before those plants actually bloom. If it wasn't for the fact that the rain and cool temps are keeping the bees in their hives 50% of the time they would probably be booming with honey already.
This is all something we as sustainable preppers must keep in mind. The carrying capacity of any given location changes and we must be prepared to take advantage of whatever is offered to minimize the effects of such seasonal anomalies.
My guess is that if we were in a grid down situation right now, game would be scarce and most people would be eating dandelion greens three times a day with maybe some cattail shoots for variety.
Always best to be prepared.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!