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SOIL FERTILITY SPECIAL.
Vol. XXVII. No. 11. SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 1912. Weekly: SI a Year. lit is Not a Hard Matter to Improve Southern Soils. I fr is the merchant’s business to sell goods. It is the farmer’s busi ness to sell plant foods. It is the merchant’s business to buy goods to keep up his stock in trade. If is the farmer’s business also to 1. _ kin in f tlu> MVp up c... ^ fertility of his land. If the mer chant expec ts to do a larger bus iness this year lhan he did last, he must lay in a larger stock— must buy more goods. If the farmer wishes to do more busi ness than he did last year—that is, raise larger crops this year than he raised last, he must 'in crease his stock in trade He must increase his soil fertility. In short, all hope of better farm ing of better living, and increas ed usefulness and pleasure on the part of farmers as a whole must come through increased soil fer tility. The source whence greater suc cess must come is plain and cer tain. There is no question or doubt about it and this of itself is cause of much encouragement. But still more encouraging is the fact that, since the remedy is known, its application is easy and may be made quickly and won derfully effective. The average acre in the South produces about 200 pounds of -- UU9UCI9 U1 UUJ 11. ' ---- There is not a practical farmer of average intelligence in this whole Southland who does not know that one crop of legumes grown on such hind and plowed under, or that one good application of stable manure "ill increase the yield on such an acre 50 per cent or to 300 pounds of lint cotton or 27 bushels of corn. Every practical farmer who has tried h also knows that two crops of legumes plowed into the soil of this acre, that produces 200 pounds of lint cotton or 18 bushels of corn, 'luring the next three or four years along with deeper and better Plowing will increase the yield of such an acre to 400 pounds of lint cotton or 36 bushels of corn, if the money now spent for complete fer hlizers be all spent for phosphoric acid. In what other business will so little expense and labor increase the Production so quickly or so easily? No extra capital is required, a'"el\ the growing of such crops and in such way as to obtain two or ! crops of legumes during the next four or five years. It is simply olh of the most stupid sort for any man to continue growing the a'erage crops when they may be increased 50 or even 100 per cent with 'Ust a I'ttle more intelligent effort on his part. -Sometimes men give as an excuse for continuing to farm unpro Uyti\e land that they have not the means to improve it. No greater rr"stake was ever made. It does not require increased means to im Pr°'e the fertility’ of average soils. Anv man can do it and make looney while doing it . = Courtesy G G Gibbs. DUTCH BEI.TED CATTLE. This is one of the most economical ways of increasing farm fertility and farm profits. When the only thing that stands between a man and greatly in creased and cheapened production is his own lack of intelligent effort what more encouraging prospect is possible? Southern soils are not 111 mr Our (I wirtlfTO yields prove that, but our climatic and other conditions make their improvement easier and cheaper than in any other section. This is our glorious heritage, and what could be more to the en couragement or liking of any real man than an opportunity to improve matters and the cer tainty ot success? Truly the up- f portunities of Southern agricul ture are marvellously attractive. No other section with equal cap ital or effort can accomplish half as much. Will we live up to our splendid opportunities? A few $ are doing so, enough to prove t how easy it is, and many more will follow their example in the next ten years. | In fact, every farmer who real iy loves his business and wishes fj to make a success of it will set to jj work at once to improve his soil. A proper pi ide in their work and a proper regard for the welfare of their families and their conn try will alike forbid a contin nance of soil robbery by South prn farmers. FEATURES OF THIS ISSUE. \ |*.\GE <)K FERTILIZER INFORMATION—Answer* to Questions and Practical Suggestions. id HE A LEADER OK MEN—A Stirring Appeal to the Farmer Roy by A. L. French. 1 * CO-OPERATION THAT COUNTS—Not the Willy-Nilly Kind, but the Business Brand. ’*** FERTILIZER MIXTURES FOR COTTON—Some Favorite Formu las and How to Make Them.. d HOW A STOCK-LAW WOULD HELP—The Reforestation of the Long-Leaf Pine Section Depends Upon Such a Law. -<> HOW READERS HAVE IMPROVED THEIR SOILS—A Batch of Valuable Experience Letters. b HOW TO MAKE THE MANGUM TERRACE — The Best Terrace for Most Lands Because It Can Be Worked Over. 5 PLANT MORE LEGUMES THIS YEAR — What Your failure to Do This Last Year is Costing You Now. I SUBSTITUTE CROPS FOR COTTTON—Some Suggestions for Mis sissippi Delta Farmers.. I — SW EET POTATO GROWING—Plain Directions, by A. M. Latlium -1 THE GOOD FARMER LOVES HIS LAND—And He is Not a Good Farmer Who Does Not. Id WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE A FERTILE SOIL — The Use of Fertilizers Alone Will Never Do It. •! WOMEN MUST FIGHT PATENT MEDICINE FRAUDS—Do You Know That Farm Women Buy Most of These Nostrums?. 10 J