Monday, July 22, 2024
Chris Judd

Because of the money

Since September, I’ve been asked several times, “Is the government telling farmers that they have to quit using chemical fertilizer?” The short answer is no.
We have watched large organized farmer protests in Holland and other countries because they thought that their government was forcing them to stop using chemical fertilizer.
This subject will require more time to give all the answers than can be covered in a little column in the paper. This will be a very short, condensed version.
Fifty some years ago when I attended Agricultural College, crop science professors told the class that it was better economically to dump the manure over the hill and buy chemical fertilizer to spread on our fields because it took more time and money to haul and spread manure than it was worth compared to buying and spreading commercial fertilizer.
Back in the early 1960s, many farmers didn’t use any . . .

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