Straw bale Construction in Missouri -- Come again?
By JudyAnn Lorenz, Virtual Marketing Consultant
(Bar JD Communications)
Yes, we did -- if this graphic is any example of the structure selected. Straw or hay construction is not a new concept. In this country, it was an idea born of necessity. People were moving to the midwest to settle in the plains -- settle meaning they needed appurtenances to the homestead to provide shelter from the elements. In the plains, there wasn't adequate timber to build wood structures. In some midwest areas the black soil and clay soil made blocks of sod or dug out of a hillside as a manmade cave. In the sandy soils of Nebraska, these options were difficult to use. But, innovation came with another innovation for the agricultural settlers of the plains. That wonderful tool was the stationary baler. (photo of stationary baler) Today, balers are pulled behind tractors with t...