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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)


Page 36


WISCONSIN FARMB     INSTITUTEL
aware that in doing this I really add
no fertility to the soil more than
that which the rye takes from it, but
of course we get larger crops by the
use of the rye.
Supt. McKerrow-I can see a good
deal of force in Mr. Coe's statement
We are told by the scientists that
nitrogen in some of its forms, passes
out of the soil very rapidly. Now, if
the rye crop can hold that nitrogen
when we turn the rye back into the
soil, we have saved it, although we
may have added nothing.
Mr. Kellogg-We have used rye a
good deal, and only in one instance
have I found It was detrlmental. I
generally let it grow in the spuiag to
about eight inches high before we
plow it in. One dry season I think
the following crop was Injured.
Mr. Arnold-Nature clothes herself
with verdure. This world has been
going along many ears and there is
no evidence of its becoming poorer; It
has been covered all the time by na-
ture. I believe that in order to avoid
its becoming poorer we must keep it
covered either with roots or clover or
rye, something that will keep a grow-
ing crop on the land all the time.
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