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Mr. Faulkner's masterpiece is recognized as the most important challenge to agricultural orthodoxy that has been advanced in this century. Its new philosophy of the soil, based on proven principles and completely opposed to age-old concepts, has had a strong impact upon theories of cultivation around the world. It was on July 5, 1943, when Plowman's Folly was first issued, that the author startled a lethargic public, long bemused by the apparently, insoluble problem of soil depletion, by saving, simply, "The fact is that no one has ever advanced a scientific reason for plowing." With that key sentence, he opened a new era.

For generations, our reasoning about the management of the soil had rested upon the use of the moldboard ploy. Mr. Faulkner proved rather conclusively that soil impoverishment, erosion, decreasing crop yields, and many of the adverse effects following droughts or periods of excessive rainfall could he traced directly to the practice of plowing natural fertilizers deep into the soil. Through his own test-plot and field-scale experiments, in which he prepared the soil with a disk harrow, in emulation of nature's way on the forest floor and in the natural meadow, by incorporating green manures into its surface, he transformed ordinary, even inferior, soils into extremely productive, high-yield croplands.

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ISBN:
9780806101248
Publisher:
Univ of Oklahoma
Publication Date:
1963
Binding:
Hardcover
Pages:
156

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