Annual report 1942: agricultural agent Trempealeau County
Soil improvement PDF (477.6 KB)
SOIL IMPROVKUENT We fight to Save Our Soil American farmers are asked to roduce more than they've ever been ,eked to produce before. This is issontial for the war effort. Wb have to produce more food and fiber and timber than ever before, for he use of the Army and Navy, for the -se of the civilian population work- ng forces, for the use of our .llies, and to help restore the rorld to an even keel after the War. To do this Job effectively, we Lave to protect our soil, water, imber, and other natural resources against the inevitable losses that rould result from an unrestrained production spree. WE EAVD TO GUARD 3TIITST DESTRUCTION OF SOIL RE_ WUKUM 'eA: MJkIURT VAX UN bL.U BE7WOR TIM MEM OF THE WAR. THE OTLY WAY TO ACHIZE THIS MPEATIVE IS THMOUGHI CONSRVATION FAMI}IFG. THE PRINCIPIMS SET DOWN IT THE FOLLOWING PAR&AWAPHS AIE MEE PRIN- CIPIS BY MNICH 1 CAIT DO THI JOB. TMES: PRINCIPLrS APPLY IN WAR AS WELL AS IN PEACE. A complete plan for controlling erosion on a farm may include any or all of the following principles of correct land use and employment of special practices, depending on the complexity of the problem. 1. Rough, rocky land incapable of producing pasture worth a good cows time will be most profitable and useful to the farm if kept in woodlot and protected against fire and grazing. 2. The better quality rough land unsuited for fields ought to be in permanent pasture with fortilization and grazing practices that insure maximum production. 3. Erosion in fields ought to be minimized by use of suitable rotations reinforced by conservation practices such as contour cultivation, strip cropping on terracing. 4.. The unavoidable run-off from large areas concentrates in draws and eventually in streams. Safe disposal may be secured by grass waterways and permanent dams. Streambanks can be protected by willow plantings, rip rap or deflecting dame. 5. Thousands of dollars of public money can be saved by proper soil and water conservation to control erosion of our highway systemo. __1% ,,P- I'A.
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