TREE CROPS: A PERMANENT AGRICULTURE, by J. Russell Smith - 1953
Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture
by J. Russell Smith
Second Printing. New York, NY: Devin-Adair Company, 1953.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition, with a VERY GOOD DJ.
- Beige cloth covers remain free of any major sign of age and wear.
- Boards are gently scuffed and rubbed, most notably to the lower area of the front cover.
- Corners exhibit mild wear with the two corners remaining sharp while the lower corners are bumped with creases.
- Spine is firm with inked lettering and exhibits bumped ends.
- Binding is firm.
- Endpapers and feps are gently age-toned.
- Frontispiece is present and unworn.
- Illustrations are present and unworn.
- Interior is gently age-toned with a creased fold to the top corner of pages 183/184, though overall remains free of any major signs of age or wear. Please see photos.
- Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
- DJ is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
- DJ is gently age-toned and scuffed with pronounced creases and minor closed tears along the edges including the corners and spine ends. Please see photos.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
408 pages. 6" by 8.5".
First published in 1950 by Harcourt Brace, the present volume is a revised edition prepared with new plates, a foreword by the author, a foldout map illustrating the classification of climate, a detailed appendix with charts and an index.
This challenging volume could, a century or so from now, be looked back upon as the book that revolutionized agriculture in America. Whether or not that will be the case will depend largely upon whether Americans, as a people, can change fixed habits passed on from earlier generations. Dr. Smith's philosophy is as logical as it is clearly stated. He contends that an agricultural economy based almost entirely upon annual crops such as corn and wheat is wasteful, destructive of soil fertility, and completely illogical. In the attempts to improve strains of corn, wheat, oats, and other field crops, agriculturalists have completely overlooked the abundant food produced by such trees as the oaks, honey locust, persimmon, and walnut, which, he contends, can outproduce, acre for acre, the best efforts of the grass family on most lands in formerly forested areas.
J. Russell Smith is a member of the Northern Nut Growers' Association. More than a hundred members of the Association contributed detailed reports of their own experiments.
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