THE SOIL

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In the 19th cen­tury lit­er­a­ture, I found very de­tailed lists of lamini­tis causes, but eat­ing grass is not one of them. The lamini­tis that our fore­fa­thers dealt with was of­ten as­so­ci­ated with con­cus­sion to the feet, the stress of ex­haus­tion or a diet high in bar­ley, corn or wheat. The horse­men of old knew that mares with re­tained pla­centa could de­velop lamini­tis and that the con­di­tion might oc­cur af­ter a high fever. Fur­ther, the texts warned that a horse with a se­vere leg in­jury could de­velop lamini­tis in the op­po­site limb if a sling was not used to sup­port his weight.

In other words, the cen­tury-old ve­teri­nary lit­er­a­ture de­scribes two forms

Ed­ward May­hew, 1879

Soils & Men: Year­book of Agri­cul­ture 1938 presents a very com­plete de­scrip­tion of the con­di­tion of the soil in the United States at that time. The au­thors write, “Within a com­par­a­tively short time, wa­ter and wind have flayed the skin off the un­pro­tected earth, caus­ing wide­spread de­struc­tion, and we have been forced to re­al­ize that this is the re­sult of decades of ne­glect.”

The state of the soil had been com­pro­mised by farm­ing prac­tices of the era as well as the eco­nomic stresses on agri­cul­ture dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion. The au­thors ad­vo­cated in­vest­ing in the im­prove­ment of the soil in hopes that the re­sult­ing in­crease in pro­duc­tiv­ity would en­hance

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