April Fools' Day

Vincent Kennedy skrgdo at quadtekelectronics.co.uk
Mon Sep 18 11:33:00 PDT 2006


How has agricultural science dealt with the diseases of crops?
The reactionof the trees to the various pests of the apple will answer thisquestion. Such anachievement merely provides another example of agricultural banditry. Three favourable factors probably accounted for thisresult.
The theory of the reclamation of alkali land is very simple.
What is a necessarycondition is impermeability. Theanswer is both interesting and illuminating. The roots behave like a plump strawberrywhen placed in a strong solution of sugar. A map of the flooded area was made at the time.
One experiment with cotton unfortunately could not be arranged in spiteof all my efforts. This point of viewderived considerable impetus from a preliminary study of Indianagriculture. The organic matter then undergoes anaerobic fermentation.
Grass is a valuable factor in the correct design and construction ofsurface drains.
Allthe oxidation factors which are essential for maintaining a healthy soilcease.
Growth, yield, quality, and disease resistanceleft nothing to be desired. On open permeable stretches,on the other hand, there is no alkali.
So vast has the literature become that thespecialists themselves are unable to cope with it. The occurrence of alkali land, as would be expected from its origin, isextremely irregular. Allthe oxidation factors which are essential for maintaining a healthy soilcease.
Mother earth has provided a vast organization for indicating theinefficient crop.
More than fifty years have passed since the modern work on the diseasesof plants first began. Theaction is reversed in the presence of oxygen.
The crops are then unable to takeup water and death results. Poorsoil aeration always encouraged disease at Pusa.
Theresults obtained have already been discussed.
In the conventional languageof to-day the crop is attacked by disease.
Growth, yield, quality, and disease resistanceleft nothing to be desired.
The result is impermeability, the first stage in the formation of alkalisalts. For the time being, therefore, I regarded them asmy professors of agriculture. The virus diseases do not complete the story.
Obviously the host had to be in a certain condition beforeinfection could take place. No soil analysis can tell me as much as the trees will.
Enthusiasts in gardening often collect plants on their travelswhich interest them. The first indication of the condition is a darkening ofthe foliage and the slowing down of growth. I am pretty certain theinsects would have found my cotton cultures very indifferentnourishment.
The first condition is an impermeable soil.
So vast has the literature become that thespecialists themselves are unable to cope with it.
My personal experience in India has been repeated all over theworld. There is, of course, no single anti-erosiondevice which can be universally adopted. Mismanagement of the land is followed later on by a NewDeal, as it were, somewhere else. 
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