Image from page 84 of “The business of farming” (1914)
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Title: The business of farming
Year: 1914 (1910s)
Authors: Smith, William Cadid, 1857-
Publisher: Cincinnati : Stewart & Kidd Company
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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es further commentin a special chapter, notwithstanding we have al-ready said much about it and other menaces tothe business of farming. We have shown how the whip and spurmethod of farming so long practiced in the UnitedStates, by which our soils have been subjected tothe process of getting all you can out of them with-out the return of anything to maintain or increasefertility, has so exhausted vast areas of our soilsthat they no longer produce paying crops. Anysoil that will not produce crops that more thanpay for the cost of production, is a worn-out soil,and we must not be blind to the fact that they existeven to alarming proportions in every part andportion of our country, yea, in those portions thatboast of their rich soils. We have shown that a greedy husbandry, asordid tillage, lack of capital, deceptive theorieslike crop rotation, etc., have been producers ofworn and worn-out soils. There are scores of farms in the abandonedfarm districts of the East, a humid region where 66
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