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Wearing Out Of Soils

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Parent Issue
Day
19
Month
June
Year
1874
Copyright
Public Domain
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It is coiumon to hear people in tho far West boast that they can take erop after erop froni their virgin eoils for several successive yeais without impairing tho general fertility thereof. This is regarded as something marvelous and something that oould not occur in any other part of the world. It is, however, clear that this representaron has been overdrawn. Only in the bottoms, such a.s that of the Muskingum, and Scioto, in ühio, is there any great degree of pertnanence in this continual cropping, and this chiefly from the faot that fertilizing agents are bro'ght down from the high lands about them. In the flat lands the stability of the great richness is little more than in the lands of the older Staten. In Ohio, especially, lands, onee of superior quality for oorn and wheat, have beconie so run down that they are given over to sheep-walks, as being the only sure thing - at least the surest return that can be made from the land. We can do nearly as niuch here in the East. We have knowD land near Philadelphia which has been under culture for perhaps a hundred years, produce corn six successive years in fair quantity, with no artificial aid but a little " shovelings," which means rich earth scraped together here and there and put in the hills when the corn is planted. Tbe fact is, land is pretty niuch the same all the woild over in its adaptation to certain crops. When things are forced to grow in land not well suited to their growth they soon fail, even when well cared for ; but when they find their natural element no great amount of artificial aid is required to keep the land in good condition for years. Even in the older countries of Europe, where land has been in cultivation for a thousand years, has this principie been found to hold good. Experimenta have been made with somo of the cercáis - first selccting land known to be favorable to some special thing, and then by manuring annually lightly with material also known to be favorable to the plant, erop after erop has been taken for twenty years, and the last has been as good as the first. Yet with all these facts we often rfiad of the question being discussed : " Will soils wear out 'f We believe there ia no such thing in nature. Some of the eleraents will of course be much diminished, and will need an occasional replenishing ; but we would not suppose our digestive organs had worn out becauao we feel hungry, and neither in any sensible light

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Old News
Michigan Argus