POLK COUNTY, Minnesota – It’s still difficult for Wayne Erickson to understand what happened on his farm. Simply put, a section of his black bean field fell two floors.
âWhen I drove here it looked like the Grand Canyon. We didn’t have all this collapse, it was just straight up. Straight up and down,â Erickson said.
Wayne and Erllene Erickson are the fourth generation family farm in Polk County, Northwest Minnesota, and they’ve never seen anything like it. No one is sure what caused the huge slip.
â(It’s) a little scary. It’s sad, sad to see that,â Erllene said, examining the fallen field. âMother Nature does what she wants.
Geologists at the University of North Dakota say dry weather, declining water levels on the Red River, and recent rains can form the perfect storm for such things to happen.
It truly is a geological wonder. Fallen earth grows on the river bank, sending more dirt into the Red River.
Photos taken from a drone piloted by Brad Thoreson, a neighbor of Erickson Farm, show the massive slide. There is a 25 foot drop in some places. Crevasses still form as the earth continues to move.
Soil experts are to be on the scene to try to figure out how a bean field has lost part of itself and left a wall of wonder that farmers can now marvel at.
Images from a drone can show the size of the fallen field. The blue dot near the lower right edge of the ravine is actually a person.