Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Scott, L. E.
Saving fertility, pp. 28-36 PDF (2.3 MB)
WISCONSIN FARMERS' INSTITUTE. SAVING FERTILITY. L. E. SCOTT, Neenah, Wis. F Farm property of L. E. Scott. The wagon shown in the foreground is a homemade affair, 14 ft. longe insidh nea.aurelneuat with Iu inch projections on each side, not only making it convenient for hlaling potato's or other bulky products to market, but a good sized load of manure may Ib broUight back thiereij from the livery stables and hotel barns of the city, to assist in keeping up the fertility of the farm. Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentle- only for the benefit of the original men.-A fertile soil is the foundation owner, but for succeeding genera- of succesful agriculture. It is the tions. first thing sought by the inquiring pioneer seeking a farm and a home. We Must Enrich the Soil. Other conditions may enter into his It seems almost incredible, In this consideration, but the first and most advanced age, that men of ordinary important is fertility, and he eagerly judgment in most matters, can be looks for evidence of it in the charac- found, who believe in the inexhausti- ter and growth of the original crop, bility of soils; and that they are sin- whether it be of forest trees, or of cere in their belief, I have no doubt prairie grass, for he well knows that when I see how prodigal they are in it is the base upon which his future their practice. The best we can do, hopes and prospects are to be builded. it we are consuming or selling more Equally important is it that this fer- from our farms than we are return- tility, when once obtained, be con- ing to them, then they are certainly served and judiciously used, that it becoming poorer. They may not may serve to the best advantage, not show it for a term of years, for they 28
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