By Julius Hensel
This ebook was once the 1st paintings to assault Von Liebig’s salt fertilizer thesis, and it stands as legitimate this day as while first written over a hundred years in the past. Translated from the German writings of Julius Hensel, the publication was once designed to introduce the folk of the U.S. to the concept that vegetation require fit foodstuff so as to flourish, simply as a person does. It describes a then new and rational approach for fertilization which has develop into technology this day — fetilizing with stone airborne dirt and dust. Hensel went looking for meals for crops and located it within the primeval rocks. consumed such meals, vegetation will yield fit, healthy and lifestyles maintaining meals that escapes ailment and parasites.
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I can also call to my aid a whole army of men who understand something of chemistry and of scientific farming, and of their number, at this day, where science is making such giant strides and hundreds of well edited agricultural papers are ready to supply the interests of the farmer, are daily on the increase. What is lacking at present is that the manufacture of Stone Meal should be undertaken 96 STONE MEAL by men of scientific attainments who at the same time have sterling honesty, so as to make it certain that farmers will actually receive what is promised and what has proved itself so useful hitherto.
I was very much pleased with the effects on oats and clover. Quite astonishing also is the dark green, full leaved appearance of the sugar beets, notwithstanding the great continuous drought. With the fruit trees, where I especially applied the new fertilizer, I have fully learned how extraordinary it acts. I would therefore urgently recommend every farmer to adopt the new method. Peter Heilman Agriculturist, Moersch, near Frankenstal June 30, 1893 66 Meeting of Farmers and Friends of Agriculture Assembled on June 25, 1893 In order to determine the results of the new method of fertilizing, farmers and friends of agriculture assembled on June 25, 1893, early in the morning at 7 o'clock sharp, for a common inspection of the fields where Hensel's Stone Meal was used.
As the fruits mature the phosphorus passes mostly into the seeds and the silica into the leaves and stalks. When agriculture hitherto built its theory of manuring on the ashy constituents of the seeds with their high contents of phosphorus, it did not consider that the whole growing plant before the separating process ripening requires quite different proportions of admixture than what may be derived from seeds alone. A comparison of Hensel's views on this domain with the questions of human nutrition rises very naturally.