Annual report of the Bayfield County Agricultural Agent Washburn, Wisconsin: 1939
Soil testing, pp. 5 ff. PDF (303.2 KB)
-5- program. That the farmers agree with this viewpoint is evidenced by the fact that the demand for the land clearing machines far exceeds the opportunity to perform the service. At the present time, it appears that this program will continue without inter- ruption for the next two or three years. Eventually, this pro- gram will mean more acres under cultivation, more home-grown feed, more livestock, and an increase in the net farm income. in many instances it will not be necessary for the farm family to supple- ment their farm income with outside employment in order to make a living. SOIL TESTING With the help of 2 WPA project, a soil testing program has been carried on for thi past nine months. Many farmers have been reporting that their soils were in such condition that crop yields were diminishing. For this reason, the soil testing project was set up. To date, 432 samples from 14.F farms have been tested, and a report made to each farmer. Generally speaking, most of the farms tested thus far have been found lacking in sufficient lime to grow a good crop of legumes, and also have at present only one-third of the phosphate and one-half of the potash necessary to produce a normal amount of other field crops. As a result of this soil analysis, many farmers applied the recommended treat- ment with satisfactory results. It is hoped tc continue the soil testing service until the soils on every farm in the county have been analyzed for fertility.
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