Plowman's Folly


Author: Edward H. Faulkner

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806148756

Category: Science

Page: 174

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When "Plowman's Folly" was first issued in 1943, Edward H. Faulkner startled a lethargic public, long bemused by the apparently insoluble problem of soil depletion, by saying, simply, "The fact is that no one has ever advanced a scientific reason for plowing." With that key sentence, he opened a new era.

Plowman's Folly and A Second Look


Author: Edward H. Faulkner

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9780933280434

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 354

View: 7910

As the ruinous Dust Bowl settled in the early 1940s, agronomist Edward Faulkner dropped what Nature magazine termed "an agricultural bombshell" when he blamed the then universally used moldboard plow for disastrous pillage of the soil. Faulkner's assault on the orthodoxy of his day will stimulate today's farmers to seek out fresh solutions to the problems that plague modern American agriculture. Plowman's Folly is bound together here with its companion volume A Second Look.

Plowman's Folly


Author: Edward Hubert Faulkner

Publisher: N.A


Category: Conservation tillage

Page: 154

View: 8414

Reprints the controversial 1943 study attributing soil impoverishment to the use of the moldboard plow.

A Second Look


Author: Edward H. Faulkner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780806162300

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 212

View: 5701

Edward H. Faulkner startled the agricultural world--all of it, on six continents--when he published Plowman's Folly in 1943. As almost everyone knows, he launched a vigorous attack on the plow and dseveloped in a masterful way the advantages of surface incorporation of organic material. The Readers Digest summed up American interest at the time in the statement, "Probably no book on an agricultural subject has ever prompted so much discussion in this country." A Second Look is a sequel to Plowman's Folly. In it Mr. Faulkner answers his critics and re-examines the theories expressed earlier, in the light of extensive investigations he subsequently made in visiting experiment stations, soil scientists, and farmers in many parts of the country. Finally, in simple, straightforward language, he gives the lie to "soil impoverishment." Highly condensed, here is his thought: The soil which the gardener or farmer works is made up of tiny crystalline fragments. The action of soil acids, principally those released through the decay of organic matter, unlocks the minerals required for healthy plant growth. If this is true, then the indiscriminate and continuous use of commercial fertilizer is a mistake. In fact, says Mr. Faulkner, the "bank account" theory of soil is bankrupt. It holds that whatever we take from the soil in the growing of crops must be put back--usually in the form of prepared fertilizers. What the soil needs, on the contrary, is the gentle chemistry described above. If a man cannot learn this, he will pay and pay, ultimately to his ruin. If Plowman's Folly dealt a body blow to deep plowing, then A Second Look sets in revolutionary perspective the whole problem of soil impoverishment. Whether you cultivate a backyard garden or a thousand acres of wheat, this is a book you can hardly afford to miss.

John Ploughman's Talk

Or, Plain Advice for Plain People


Author: Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Publisher: N.A


Category: Conduct of life

Page: 234

View: 9525


The Erosion of Civilizations


Author: David R. Montgomery

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520952111

Category: Nature

Page: 296

View: 9911

Dirt, soil, call it what you want—it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations explores the compelling idea that we are—and have long been—using up Earth's soil. Once bare of protective vegetation and exposed to wind and rain, cultivated soils erode bit by bit, slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime but fast enough over centuries to limit the lifespan of civilizations. A rich mix of history, archaeology and geology, Dirt traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, European colonialism, Central America, and the American push westward. We see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil—as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. David R. Montgomery sees in the recent rise of organic and no-till farming the hope for a new agricultural revolution that might help us avoid the fate of previous civilizations.

Green Fields Forever

The Conservation Tillage Revolution In America


Author: Charles E. Little

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 0933280343

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 192

View: 4701

Green Fields Forever changes the way Americans think about agriculture. It is the story of 'conservation tillage'--a new way to grow food for the first time that works with, rather than against, the soil. Farmers who are revolutionizing the course of American agriculture explain how conservation tillage works.

Fertility Farming


Author: Newman Turner

Publisher: Acres USA

ISBN: 9781601730091

Category: Science

Page: 247

View: 5645

Fertility Farming explores an approach that makes minimal use of plowing, eschews chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and emphasizes soil fertility via crop rotation, composting, cover cropping and manure application.Turner holds that the foundation of the effectiveness of nature¿s husbandry is a fertile soil ¿ and the measure of a fertile soil is its content of organic matter, ultimately, its humus. Upon a basis of humus, nature builds a complete structure of healthy life ¿ without need for disease control. In fact, as disease is the outcome of unbalancing of the natural order ¿ it serves as a warning that something is wrong. Not just theory, this book was written to serve as a practical guide for farmer

VW Transporter T4 Workshop Manual Diesel 2000-2004


Author: Greg Hudock

Publisher: Brooklands Books via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1855209659

Category: Transportation

Page: 198

View: 5587

Covers all T4 diesel vehicles from 2000 to the end of 2004, including Vans 800, 1,000, and 1,200, Caravelle CL and GL, Bus (long and short wheelbase). Engines covered: Diesel 1.9L, 2.4L & 2.5L TDI, with a manual gearbox only. 164 large pages including 11 pages of wiring & over 200 illustrations.

The Farming Ladder


Author: G. Henderson

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 144749377X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 194

View: 9571

This early work by G. Henderson is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. It details the experiences of a farmer and his thoughts on the best methods of agricultural production. He includes chapters on poultry, cattle, corn and much more. This fascinating work is thoroughly recommended for those with an interest in the farming industry and its historical technologies and developments. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

The Soil and Health

A Study of Organic Agriculture


Author: Albert Howard

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813132096

Category: Nature

Page: 352

View: 5717

During his years as a scientist working for the British government in India, Sir Albert Howard conceived of and refined the principles of organic agriculture. Howard’s The Soil and Health became a seminal and inspirational text in the organic movement soon after its publication in 1945. The Soil and Health argues that industrial agriculture, emergent in Howard’s era and dominant today, disrupts the delicate balance of nature and irrevocably robs the soil of its fertility. Howard’s classic treatise links the burgeoning health crises facing crops, livestock, and humanity to this radical degradation of the Earth’s soil. His message—that we must respect and restore the health of the soil for the benefit of future generations—still resonates among those who are concerned about the effects of chemically enhanced agriculture.

From The Ground Up

The Weltis In The New World A Pioneer Story


Author: Michaela Welti

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1525519190

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 156

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Michaela Welti’s story starts as a little girl born in Switzerland just as the Nazi party came to power in Germany, and the whole of Europe was plunged into war when she was six. With the sound of the guns at the front closeby, Michaela’s father made a hazardous journey from Dunkirk to East Germany to reach them, and they made their escape to Switzerland through a ruined Germany. Years later, in her twenties, Michaela started to think of marriage. The prospects of a likely partner in her village seemed remote, and Michaela took the radical step of advertising in a magazine that specialized in matchmaking! Little did she realise that her future husband would read her ad in a mining camp on Vancouver Island, miles away on the West Coast of Canada. Michaela stepped off the plane in Vancouver, BC on November 25, 1957, age 24, to meet her new husband, Max Welti and were married within ten days. In time, their dreams lead them to a successful life in organic farming. The love of the Weltis for each other, for nature, the plants and the earth, and for God who created it, are vividly portrayed in Michaela’s story.

How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back

A New Method of Mulch Gardening


Author: Ruth Stout

Publisher: Fireside


Category: Gardening

Page: 160

View: 8627

Discusses the fundamentals of gardening, recommends a method of natural mulch gardening, and describes the author's gardening experiences

Uneasy Money


Author: Edward H. Faulkner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780806162317

Category: Political Science

Page: 126

View: 3838

Uneasy Money was written for the countless Americans after World War II who were confused by the most pressing economic problem of that day: whether the inflated prices and values created by the war could be carried over into the era of peace, with the promise of economic security for all. But Edward H. Faulkner's assessments will seem timely today, as well, as he tackles the problem of prices, wages, and salaries. Faulkner argues for scaling down the elements of cost that go into the prices of things Americans consume. Where does the idea come from, he asks, that everybody can have more when there is less to go around? He shows that Americans' value for efficiency must be made to operate where it really counts--in the actual selling prices of goods and services. If this can't be done, he says, we as a country must give up the thought of success in foreign trade, because our world neighbors will be unable to buy from us at our inflated scale of values. The first cut, Faulkner urges, should be made in the price of food, an element that determines part of the price of everything else we make and sell. But reductions all along the line must be accomplished if America is to avoid surpluses, depressions at home, and sterile markets abroad.

Making Your Small Farm Profitable

Apply 25 Guiding Principles, Develop New Crops & New Markets, Maximize Net Profits per Acre


Author: Ron Macher

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603425357

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 8666

Turn your farm into a cash cow! Ron Macher offers a host of simple strategies for increasing your farm earnings, from purchasing durable equipment to growing economically viable crops. A seasoned expert in farm efficiency, Macher shows you how to locate a lucrative niche market for your products, optimize sales, and minimize costs. Whether you’re buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, Macher’s savvy tips will help you turn your enterprise into a profitable business.


An Illustrated Botanical Guide to the Weeds of Australia


Author: Bruce Archibald Auld,Richard William Medd

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0909605378

Category: Science

Page: 255

View: 1439

Reprint of a reference book first published in 1987. Lavishly illustrated, it contains detailed descriptions of all the important weeds of Australia. Suitable for primary producers, students, agricultural advisers and research workers.