From Burning & Crop Rotation to Disking & Fertilizing

Walter Culver>UIS Collection C-G>UIS Collection C-G, Segment 8

From Burning & Crop Rotation to Disking & Fertilizing,

duration 01:36
Before he studied agriculture at university, he and his father burned the dead corn stalks at night. To fertilize, his father would plant wheat, then clover, rotating crops, and plowing the clover under to fertilize. Walter learned at university how to disc under the broken stalks as fertilizer. Corn yield was 35 bushels per acre before, and now, with fertilizers, it is 150 bushels.