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Mr. Faulkner’s masterpiece is recognized as the most important challenge to agricultural orthodoxy that has been advanced in this century. Its new philosophy of the soil, based on proven principles and completely opposed to age-old concepts, has had a strong impact upon theories of cultivation around the world. It was on July 5, 1943, when Plowman’s Folly was first issued, ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by University of Oklahoma Press
(first published January 28th 1943)
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Shortly after the Dust Bowl experience many in the agricultural world focused on trying to understand how it had happened and to identify the major contributing causes. The deeply-penetrating and inversing actions of the moldboard plow is the primary suspect per Faulkner. He cogently explains how this implement, while the true boon to mankind for its allowing us to use the originally lush and nourishing prairie and woodland soils to produce incredible harvests, has ultimately depleted soils ...more