In part written to refute the claim by the Chief of the US Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Soil, Milton Whitney, who claimed that all soils are inexhaustible of the minerals needed to grow crops. In the run-up to the…
This fully illustrated publication details what we presently know about life the soil and the complex ecosystem within which life is sustained. Of course, and here is the rub, when the soil is described as being a very complex living ecosystem, the information flies in the face of Industrial Agriculture. Modern farmers, with the help of their agents, have all but declared war on soil life by the use of petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides.
What every soil analyst needs to know; a university-level textbook.
Many soils in the United States and Canada show a paucity of available calcium even though the pH reading seems satisfactory. A high pH does not necessarily indicate adequate calcium in the soil.
They include: Soil Treatment and Wool Output; Diseases As Deficiencies Via the Soil; How Smart is a Cow? Quality vs. Quantity Crops; "Deep Rooting" Depends on Soil; Soil Fertility and Nutritive Food Values; Soil and Proteins; Our Teeth and Our Soils; Mineral Hunger; Soil Acidity is Beneficial; Too Much Nitrogen? Protein Deficiencies. . . through Soil Deficiencies.
They include: Soil and Nutrition; The Role of Nitrogen; More and Better Proteins; Proteins and Reproduction; Protein Protection; Better Proteins; Soil Fertility for Proteins; Soil Conservation; The Importance of Soil; High Time to Learn About Our Soils and Our Health; The Use of Mulches; Protein Service in Nutrition.
They include: Amino Acids in Legumes According to Soil Fertility; The Soil Fertility Pattern (February 1954, MISSING); The Little Things Count in Nutrition; Animals Know Good Food!; Agriculture is Biology First and Foremost; The Upset Biological Processes; Consider the Soil--Not Technologies!; Some Soils Analyzed; The Role of Clay in Plant Nutrition; Root Chemistry and Clay Chemistry; The Sustaining Fertility of the Soil; The Importance of Soil Economics.
Soil Fertility. . . Its Climactic Pattern; Problems of the Small Farm; The Pattern of the Small Farm; Income Problems of the Small Farm; Use of Resources of the Small Farm; Why Small Farms Are Popular; Creating Good Soil is a Challenge; Biology vs. Technology in Growing Things; Organic Soils and "Good Constitutions; The Soil's Assembly Line; Some Aims of Soil Research; Make Tax Allowance for Fertility Depletion.
They include: Rhododendrons . . . a Problem of Soil Fertility, Not Acidity; Is Soil Fertility via Food Quality Reported in Your Varied Pulse Rate?; Breeding Out Plant Proteins--Bringing in Diseases; Cycles of Soil Changes In White Clover Years; Cycles of Soil Changes in White Clover Years; Fertilizing with Nitrogen: The Cow Makes Her Suggestions; Fertilizing with Nitrogen: Rabbits Testify by Experiments; Fertilizing with Nitrogen: We May Use Too Much Salt; Fertilizing with Nitrogen: Fertility Imbalance and Insect Damage; Too Much Salt for the Soil; Blood Will Tell; What Texture of Soil is Preferred?
They include: Different Soils, Different Plant Compositions (Bacteria Help Legume Roots Mobilize Fertility); Different Soils, Different Plant Compositions (Microbes Give Legumes Their Protein Power); Different Soils, Different Plant Compositions (Fertility Effects Show Early in Plants); Different Soils. . . (Big Yields of Bulk-Low Phosphorus Concentration); Different Soils. . . (Boron Interrelated with Potassium); Different Soils. . . (Boron Helps Maintain Potassium Balance); Different Soils. . . (Soil Exhaustion--Variable Organic and Inorganic Composition of Plants); Different Soils. . . (Sulfur Deficiency in Soils); Different Soils. . . (Chemical Composition of Plants and the "Feeding Power" of Their Roots); Different Soils. . . (Chemical Composition of Plants and the "Feeding Power" of Their Roots) part 2; Different Soils. . . (Vegetable Quality Reveals its Connection with Soil Organic Matter); Different Soils.. . ("Chelation")--Nature's Emphasis on Soil Organic Matter.
They include: Different Soils, Different Plant Compositions (Natural Laws Regarding Soils and Plant Compositions); Different Soils . . . (Depleted Soils--Species Extinction); Different Soils . . . (Soil Organic Matter Mobilizes the Phosphorus for Plants); Different Soils . . . (Soil Organic Matter Mobilizes the Phosphorus for Plants); Different Soils . . . (Depleted Soils Change Sugar, Starch, Proteins and Yields of Crop); Mobilizing the Natural Soil Potassium; Nitrates . . . Possible Poison Grown into Foods; To Keep the Soil a "Living" One; Soil's Resurrection in Three Years; Schedule of Soil Fertility Delivery and Crop Growth; Schedule of Soil Fertility Delivery and Crop Growth; An Old Problem--Loss of Applied Nitrogen.
They include: A Few Facts About Soils; "Agricultural Education"; "The Natural" vs. "The Artificial"; Salt Damage to Seedlings; Salt Damage to Seedlings; Purpose of Liming Soil an Enigma; Immunity Against Leaf-Eating Insects via Soil as Nutrition; Immunity Against Leaf-Eating Insects via Soil as Nutrition; Garden Soils and Bio-geochemistry; Bio-Assays Rather than Chemical Analyses; Their Questions--My Answers; Less Soil Organic Matter Spells Lower Form of Vegetation.
They include: Magnesium . . . Its Relations to Calcium; Magnesium . . . Its Relation to Calcium in Plants; Magnesium. . .Its Relation to Calcium in Body Tissues; Magnesium . . . Its Relation to Potassium; Magnesium . . . Its Excess, According to Plant Species; Magnesium . . . Indirect Modifications via Mixed Flora; Magnesium . . . Imbalances Among Companion Elements; Magnesium . . . Biochemically, So Little is so Important; Magnesium . . . Relation of Soil Test to Crop Analyses; Balanced Soil Fertility, Requisite for Nutritional Quality of Crops; Quality Becomes More Quantitative; Nutritional Quality of Vegetables via Plant Species and Soil Fertility.
They include: "Self-protection by Plants Linked to Nutritional Values; Variable Quality Production By Food Plants; Nutritional Values of Vegetables Change Rapidly; Variable Nutritive Values in Carrots; Values of Apples According to Chemical Analysis; Nutritive Value of Apples According to Biological Assay; Size and Weight Versus Nutritional Quality; Magnesium in the Soils of the United States; Health As Different Soil Areas Nourish It Part 1; Health As Different Soil Areas Nourish It Part 2; Soil Phosphorus--Activated Via Soil Organic Matter; Balanced Soil Fertility--Better Start of Life."
One of the best "made-simple" holistic soil manuals ever written, all wrapped up as a romance about a bright young man with a solid ag-school education going out to buy a farm and falling in love.
An introduction to soil science and soil management for holistic food growers.
This scientific text should be studied by anyone seeking a full understanding of soil fertility. It doesn't use high level maths, however, a well grasped secondary school science education and a touch of geology will go a long way towards making this book fully comprehensible.
One of the most important agriculture-health books ever written. Albrecht published many articles in magazines and journals, but this is the only actual book Albrecht wrote and was his effort to encapsulate his whole message between two covers.