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Annual report: County Agricultural Committee, Winnebago County: November 1, 1939 to October 31, 1940

Crop and soil improvement,   pp. 13-14 PDF (629.6 KB)

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     The soil improvement program might be
divided into the following phases.
1. Soil testing continued to be a major project
   in the county agent's office with a full-time
   soil tester employed through the cooperation
   of W.P.Ao
   Farmers were urged through news letters and
   through soil and fertilizer meetings to bring
   samples of soil into the office for analysis.
   Under this project 1138 samples of soil were
   tested the past year. After these soil sample s
   were analyzed, a complete report was sent to
   the farmer,
                  2. Winnebago County continued to fu mish lime to
                      the farmers under a W.P.A. project, coopera-
ting with a private opraratoro Under this plan 3225 tons of high
quality lime wore ground and spread on 259* farms in the county.
This yearts lime project not only included the grinding of lime
but also included the delivery of lime to the fnnms and the
spreading of lime on to the fields.
    * This figure is an estimate.
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3. 9 soil and fertilizer meetings
  were held with C. J. Chapman,
  State Soil Specialist.
4. Grain Fertilizer Test Plots - For the purpose of checking the
   vailu IT fertilizers wIon applied with small grains, 18 trial
   fertilizer plots were carried on in the county on 18 cooperating
   farms. The following fertilizers were used on those farms:
   0-20_0, 0-20-10, and 0-20-20.  Each farmer had one plot using each
   of tho a bove fertilizers and each plot had a check plot along
   side of it where no fertilizer was used. Each plot was then
   harvested separately and the fertilized plots compared with
   check plots. On each of the 18 farms, the fertilized plots showxd
   a decided increase over the unfertilized -- increases of as much
   as 30.7bushels to t1n acre were found, An example of the results
   is given as found on the rWinnebago County Asylum Farm --

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