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By Julius Hensel

This ebook used to be the 1st paintings to assault Von Liebig’s salt fertilizer thesis, and it stands as legitimate this day as whilst first written over a hundred years in the past. Translated from the German writings of Julius Hensel, the ebook was once designed to introduce the folks of the U.S. to the concept that crops require fit meals that allows you to flourish, simply as a man or woman does. It describes a then new and rational approach for fertilization which has turn into technological know-how this day — fetilizing with stone airborne dirt and dust. Hensel went looking for meals for crops and located it within the primeval rocks. ate up such meals, crops will yield fit, healthy and lifestyles maintaining meals that escapes sickness and parasites.

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Now since it is said that without manure nothing can grow, manure must be used to make fodder grow on which cattle feed in order to produce manure for more fodder. In such a circle of life where does the advantage of keeping cattle come in? The raising of cattle only pays in mountainous regions, where the fructifying dew transforms the stones into herbs, or in the marshes irrigated by canals, for here the subsoil is naturally moist, and without water nothing can grow. In marshy regions the raiser of cattle can put his hand in his pockets and look on while the ox "eats money into his pocket"; and elsewhere the ox rather eats money out of the owner's pockets than into them.

Thence it follows that one single load of the very finest Stone Meal will do as much as twenty loads of a coarser product, so that by reducing to the finest dust the cost for freight and carriage and the use of horse and cart would amount to only one-twentieth. Therefore we can afford to pay unhesitantly a higher price for the finest Stone Meal that has passed through a sieve than for an article that may be not so much a fine powder but rather a kind of coarse sand. The average contents of ash in cereals is about three per cent.

Our fields do not yield sufficiently abundant crops to compete with the cheap lands of the Far West. To change this condition is the object of this book. It is now 400 years since the second half of the world was discovered, but the whole earth is only now discovered, so far as the knowledge is concerned, of how the inexhaustible treasures may be utilized which are at our disposal in the nourishing forces of the rocks of the mountains. , chemical fertilizers. For the past fifty years a dogma has crept into agriculture which calls itself "The Law of the Minimum", namely: That one of the substances which the plant requires and which is contained in the minimum quantity in your fields, you must furnish to it in the form of a fertilizer.

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