Agriculture in Transition by Donald L. Schriefer
With an emphasis on the crop's below - ground environment - soil biology, water, air and decay - one of eco-farming's top consultants reveals his insights, techniques and integrated systems of farming.
This book covers such topics as soil chemistry, plant and soil dynamics, above- and below-ground plant management, row support fertilization, zone-tillage, disc-chiseling and more. Schriefer focuses on reducing “yield-limiting factors” such as seed selection, excessive tillage and a dependence on technology.
Ideas such as “crop and soil weatherproofing,” the “row support system,” and the “tillage commandments,” exemplify the practicality of the soil/root maintenance program that serves as the foundation for Schriefer’s highly-successful “systems approach” farming.
Schriefer was a pioneer in developing an awareness of the relation of tillage to soil fertility, focusing on three major soil basics — soil aeration, soil water, and soil decay. This book covers such topics as soil chemistry, plant and soil dynamics, above- and below-ground plant management, row support fertilization, zone-tillage, disc-chiseling, and more. He focuses on reducing "yield-limiting factors" such as seed selection, excessive tillage and a dependence on technology.
About the author:
Donald L Schriefer passed from this life in 1998. He had spent more than five years battling acute leukemia, but he did not lie down and wait for death to come. He left this manuscript as a legacy to his lifelong friends – the farmers – knowing that those left behind would have it published.
One of America’s first “environmental agronomists,” he is best known for his consulting work on behalf of many of the country’s largest, most successful farmers. His innovation in tillage systems, foliar feeding of crops, and soil fertility management earned him the respect of both conventional and ecological farmers. He contributed frequently to agricultural publications and was well known for his lectures and seminars.
Softcover 328 pages