Excerpt from Barnyard Manure, Its Value and Uses In the older civilized countries of the world the excrements of domestic animals have been used for centuries to enrich the cultivated soils. Long ago the Romans recognized the value of such manure and wrote directions for its use. The necessity for producing better crops to meet the needs of congested populations has led the agriculturists of Italy, France and Great Britain to save and return to the soil the waste products of live stock husbandry years before the need was felt in our own country. The virgin soil of the Western Continent did t need to be fed at the first in order to make it produce harvests. By the time fertility began to decline in the Atlantic Coast States new areas, including the fertile prairies of the West, became accessible and many an Eastern farm, grown poorer in soil fertility for lack of plant food and proper utility of its resources, was abandoned for the new and more productive lands of the Mississippi Valley and the plains beyond. Some of those who remained behind to farm the best of the Eastern lands had brought from Europe habits of thrift based on a kwledge of good soil husbandry. The fertility of many of the best Eastern farm lands has been maintained and even increased by the judicious use of waste products from the live stock industries of this country. Barnyard manure has been a most valuable asset for the gardener and farmer of the East for decades, but until recently the farmers of the prairie states looked upon it as a nuisance, something to be gotten rid of as cheaply as possible with thought of returning it to the soil from which its ingredients sprang. The Kansas farmer hauled it away from his farm barns and piled it in some out of the way place to rot only a few years ago. If the feed lots of Colorado stock farmers become too deep with manure for the comfort of his animals, he moves the fence to cleaner ground but leaves the manure to leach and rot just where it was dropped, even to this day. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.