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Ames Forester

Abstract

The conservation of water and soil from an agricultural standpoint is largely a matter of soil and plant management. A good farmer with a knowledge of the character and deterioration of his soil, with an understanding of the effect of slope upon erosion, with proper manipulation of his soil, with a familiarity with the relationship to erosion of the various crops he raises, with well planned tillage practices, and with an intelligent subdivision and logical use of all parts of his farm can keep his losses from erosion at a minimum. Obviously, the farmer living in a gently rolling region finds that problem in its simplest form. With a departure from these regions of moderate slopes, however, the problem becomes increasingly serious with steeper slopes as the major factor, until in such regions as southeastern Ohio a farmer finds that an entirely different farm management plan is necessary.

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