Making Soil and Crops Pay More

Making Soil and Crops Pay More

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...to their full development. A congenial soil is one that is deep, well pulverized, through which water circulates in every direction freely and uniformly, in which there is a good amount of organic matter undergoing decomposition, and in which there are always present the plantfood constituents necessary for the development of the plant. In addition to the natural conditions of the soil, favorable to plant growth, there are changes which must be made by plowing, harrowing, cultivating, drainage, and other means, all of which aid in making the soil a congenial home for the plant. The farmer must know what natural and artificial conditions the soil must possess, and he must see that these conditions are present. No plant will find the soil a congenial home if there" is not an abundant supply of plant-food in the proper form demanded by the plant and available for its use. Soil Question: WHAT IS SOIL? Answer: Soil is made from the disintegration of the earth's surface, and to be soil proper in the agricultural sense, it must contain in addition to air, water and soluble mineral elements, a good supply of organic matter undergoing decomposition. No soil is a good soil without decomposing organic matter or humus for it modifies extreme conditions which might affect the plant; makes the soil friable and loose, and enables it to hold more moisture. It also supplies plant-food in its best form for the best growth of the crop. Section of soil showing Soil Particles and Air Spaces, Soils are divided into two broad classes. One controlled by the chemical composition of the soil, the other by its physical properties. There are hundreds of different kinds of soil, each varying in characters and composition. Thus, a soil may be a sandy soil, a clay...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236793609
  • 9781236793607