Bulletin Volume 57-64

Bulletin Volume 57-64

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...sandy lands "killed" them. Conspicuously able as is Dr. Ruffin's admirable survey of the agricultural conditions of the State and the remedies for the existing evils, the more extended use of "calcareous manures," as he termed all sources of lime, and the discovery through the high-powered microscope of the existence of the lower plant organisms called germs or bacteria and their important function in coverting potential plant food into available plant food, necessitates another and more exact view of the benefits to crops from the use of marl or limestone, or of lime in any of the forms adapted to its use in agriculture. The old view of the soil as an inert mass, from which crops could be grown, or as a "carrier" for fertilizers artificially applied, is rapidly giving way under the light of scientific investigation. Soil is now revealed to us as a "great laboratory" where chemical action and bacterial activity continuously manufacture enormous amounts of available plant food, where the conditions are favorable. / WHY THIS BULLETIN'! It is the purpose of this Bulletin to tell the farmers of South Carolina how his soil may be made fertile and that fertility maintained at small cost; what is necessary and why it is necessary; and if these things be done, in a systematic and regular manner, he will not alone get a better living for his labor and investment, but increase the value of his land more than the nominal cost of the economical' program which will be outlined. ' It is the clear duty of the Commissioner of Agriculture. Commerce and Industries of South Carolina to put forth his utmost effort to maintain and increase the fertility of the soils of the State. As...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236788362
  • 9781236788368