Bulletin - New York (State) Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Volume 74
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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...Agricultural plants consist of ten elements, known as the essential elements of plant food, and not a kernel of corn or grain of wheat, not a leaf of clover or a spear of grass can be produced if the plant fails to secure any one of these ten elements. Some of these are supplied to plants in abundance by natural processes; others are not so provided and must be supplied by the farmer. Not one word said about the fertilizer. They have cut out one paragraph from Dr. Duncan's bulletin and another one from Dr. Bradley's bulletin, and if they had a chance they would probably cut out two or three verses from the Bible. Some years ago, when the fertilizer industry was new and farmers had but little experience with commercial fertilizers, we would expect that might be done and we might be buying worthless material; but we regret very much that it is being sold today. You may say, "Does not the government protect us?" Yes, in a way. The dealers have to obtain a license, and the state takes samples wlrch are analyzed at Geneva, and the analyses published in the Geneva bulletin. If you follow the Geneva bulletin, you will find these goods are below guarantee, and you will be careful about buying them. But all this takes about a year, and it is possible for a firm to get in and sell these goods before the authorities get after them; unless they are held up they can keep on selling them until the ban is placed upon them. No doubt the Department of Agriculture will some day be able to handle that work a little more quickly and there will be some plan for taking care of such cases. But it is very much easier to get around the law than it is to work the honest way. No matter how good the laws may be, they are liable to be infringed, and your...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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