The popular US Farm Report pointed-out that in the settlement days of yesteryear, when county and township road spacing was specified in opening the wilderness to farming, many, many more residents filled the rural communities and they needed all of that road maintenance done. However, given the giant size of farms in the tens of thousands of acres, instead of hundreds or less, so many of those rural roads should reasonably be converted to floodwater storage and purification in covered ditches. Recycled plastic covers could end landfill overstocks, and in some cases, ground cover could still afford crops that wouldn't need heavy till and harvesting equipment loads. I think it's a fair trade-off from the days of old, for the way of new.
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