Artificial Manures; Their Chemical Selection and Scientific Application to Agriculture

Artificial Manures; Their Chemical Selection and Scientific Application to Agriculture

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... physical organisation of the people, in their power of labour, in their aptitude, and in their intellectual and moral faculties. Plato, Dante, and Lavoisier were not cradled amongst the valleys and heights of the Jura and the Valais where criticism is rife? 'Man is a microcosm, ' say the ancients, 'the living synthesis of all the natural conditions of climate, soil, and altitude in the midst of which he has lived.' This is how the agricultural question ought to be considered, how the problem ought to be stated, and how it ought to be solved. We may again sum up the whole principle in four words. Use plenty of manure! Cultivation by means of farmyard manure is not equal either to the necessities of the present day or to the exigencies of our social condition. It is not remunerative to the farmer; to society it gives no security. Who will pretend to do better than Lavoisier, and to succeed where Matthieu de Dombasle, Bella, and Boussingault failed? To pretend to do this would be the height of presumption, and to attempt it an act of great folly. If you wish your farming to be remunerative never say, ' I am going to produce manure;' say, 'I am going to manure in larger quantities.' If you lack farmyard manure, buy other kinds, bring it in from outside. Having within your reaeh a simple practical method of discovering what the soil lacks, the choice of fertilising agents has nothing arbitrary or adventitious about it: it is on the testimony of the plants themselves that the selection is made. In any case the production of farmyard manure is not the starting point: it is only a subordinate element in the solution of the agricultural problem. The judicious and reasonable starting point, the true condition of success, is to give the ground such...
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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236743083
  • 9781236743084