An illustration-filled practical farming textbook focused on water conservation, small-scale dam construction and gravity-fed irrigation projects. Especially useful for practicing sustainable rainfall-dependent farming.
Recommends a unique method of plowing that helps the land soak up all rainfall, opens it to root penetration and greatly accelerates the release of plant nutrients.
This is a tiny book of barely 100 small pages having as much or more to do with city planning and landscape architecture on a macro-scale as it does with farming.
American prairie farmers ignored Widtsoe's warnings, making the 1930s dust bowls inevitable. Provides insights that help grow vegetables with less or no irrigation.
K.D. Nelson spent 30 years working with water resources and consulting worldwide. His book provides a sound practical approach to investigating, designing and constructing small earth dams that do not fail. The book contains many detailed drawings and a few photos.
Explains that much of the apparency of moisture stress is subsoil infertility. Some have experienced that foliar feeding of apparently moisture-stressed crops will "cure" them.