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Old 09-24-2012, 08:02 AM
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My main point was that before the technology everyone in agriculture understood tilth and humus, even though no one knew the microscopic activity that made tilth and humus work... I'm not going to go into "Who had better insight into Tilth and Humus, cover crops, or when to cultivate",,, becuz that only detracts from basic understanding of common sense botany as we've experienced it...

My main concern is that we have technology w/out the context of seeing and feeling tilth and humus... the concepts of agriculture at the basic level, as understood by your man, Sir Howard,,, are now just legends of the past... today we don't even look at the soil in the root zone to see if its wet,,, and it is considered laughable to be able to judge tilth and humus by means of our 5 senses...

I'm simply drawing comparisons between past understanding of plant husbandry and lab technology... it is a shame that they can't compliment one another rather than be antagonistic...
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Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
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