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Fertilisers and Agricultural Production

    Naturevolume 98pages400401 (1917) | Download Citation



    THE January issue of Blackwood's Magazine contains an important article by Prof. W. Somer-ville entitled “Increased Agricultural Production.” As indicative of the present position of British agriculture, the author points out that of the food consumed we produce only one-fifth of the wheat, rather more than half the meat, one-quarter of the butter and margarine, one-fifth of the cheese, and nearly all the milk. The chief factor causing the reduction of the area of land tilled was the great in the amount of wheat imported from North America in the seventies and eighties. In the past forty-three years Great Britain has lost million acres of tillage crops, including million acres of wheat, and has produced no more meat;, although the milk production has doubtless increased. This fact supports the contention that the area of land under crops may be largely increased without any decrease of stock-keeping.

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