Press enter after choosing selection

What Potatoes Take From The Soil

What Potatoes Take From The Soil image
Parent Issue
Public Domain
OCR Text

We all havo observad thogreat deteri orfition in our potato crops duriiifr tli past ten or twcnty yeara; and what i the caue of tliis iilaruiing decreaee t tubcrs: Can füicuce; eau chcmiatry l"i out the roason or :iil in remedying th difficulty ? We tliink it can, and iu ordo to place the ïnattci im n olear light, we wil poinf out the kind and amount of fooi ■which tlic; potato dujnands. Wc had i field of potatoeá upen the farm whic] yioldud !WM) 1 jii--1i 1 1 td the acr; this raa; be regarded is an old-faahioned erop This orop removed from the soil in tuber and tops at least iGüpounds of potash also it removed löO poimds ut 'phu.-phoric acid. Now tlicf -iiiiiiunts are voiylargo and 4erve to show that the potato plan is a great consuinerof the two substancea and it al.-o slinw.-. that in order to restore onr potato fields to theirformer produc live oondition, we mustsupplyphosphati oompounds and Bubêtancea holding pot ash in laigc (jiKintities. For six or L-igh gonerationa in New England our father have been oshausting the soil, by remov in tliese agenta in their potato and oth er erops, and wo havo reaohed a time wlion the vegetable is starving in oui fields i'or want of ils proper food. Oui farmers have found that ' givee the bc:t crups, and this is lno to the fao I ' affdi-d tho most potash Bat so long as we erop ourpastui unreasonably, we oannol reaort to nov land, as land is not new tHat lias had its jxiUish and ojaosphatic eifiuL-nts removec by gi'rf zing animáis. Reiheinber that a potato field which i to the acre requires :it least 160 poutlda o: ] fatah, but liv alk) win g the tops to deea] npon tttu tiold, SOpcmnds of this is restored to the soil, as tkat amount is oontaimod in them ; a medium erop o potaj es requires twioe :■- uiuch phosphoj ie uñé as a medium erop of wheat, si tliat in two years wilh wlieat thu land is d'; liiítc'! )' no lüort; of V ihan il


Old News
Michigan Argus