posted on Jun, 20 2009 @ 02:26 AM
reply to post by Rocketgirl
Rocketgirl, there are better ways. I grew up on a farm. We grew cotton, wheat, soybeans, and few acres of corn for us and for live stock feed.
Now cotton is extremely hard on the soil. It extracts nutrients and depletes the soil. So we would plant cotton one or two years, on the same plot
of land. Then we would plant soybeans.l Soybeans fix nitrogen in the soil, which helps to replenish the nutrients.
We would plant winter wheat, which came to maturity in late June or early July. Once we harvested the wheat, we planted late soy beans, whcih matured
in October, after the cotton was harvested.
This method is called crop rotation, and I am sorry to say that I don't see it practiced in my area much any longer.
I remember seeing cotton stalks standing over six feet tall when it was planted on ground where soybeans had been planted the year before. So I know
the true meaning of "being in tall cotton."
Perhaps it is time for us to look at some of the old ways of farming. Less fertizer, less chemicals, more safe food.