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Annual report of the Bayfield County Agricultural Agent Washburn, Wisconsin: 1939

Soil testing,   pp. 5 ff. PDF (303.2 KB)

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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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