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Attention Farmers: Save Your Soil!

The Problem: drought, dust bowl, loss of soil fertility

Soil can be damaged when it loses its fertility. Many Southern farmers left their farms in the 1800s because of that reason. In the early 1900s, in Alabama, a scientist named George Washington Carver developed new farming methods that helped to restore soil fertility in the south. Near the end of the 1800s, the Dust Bowl occurred in the Great plains, and farmers started to take better care of their land.

Attention Farmers: How to Save Your Soil

Solution: Contour plowing, conservation plowing, and crop rotation.

We can save soil by using soil conservation, like contour and conservation plowing, and crop rotation. Contour plowing is when you plow in wave motions. Conservation plowing is when you disturb the soil as little as possible. Crop rotation is when (example) you want to plant one plant this year, like corn, then the next year you plant something else, like oats.

Citing Evidence

We have found information in our science textbook, "Focus on Earth Science"

By Thuy Nguyen and Wendy Montemayor, Grade 6, Mrs. Thompson's Science Class