Healthy soils, sick soils

Artikelnummer: 40100
EAN: 978-1-60173-126-5


Franz Sekera (1899-1955) was commissioned in 1939 with the leadership of the University of Agricultural Sciences in Vienna’s newly established Institute of Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition.


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Healthy soils, sick soils

Understanding the Nature of Humus & How it Functions in Farming Systems


von Franz Sekera

160 pages. Softcover. Format 14,8 x 21,0 cm.


Very few farmers these days uncover the true value of their soil. Too many use only conventional methods of fertilization, irrigation, and expensive machines to maximize production without regard to their soil’s health, an ultimately disastrous strategy. In order to achieve true soil fertility, one must always work with nature, never against it. Only then have you secured a truly profitable operation.

Now available in English for the first time, this classic 1943 treatise on biology and biologically correct working of soil from the pen of the famous soil scientist Prof. Dr. Franz Sekera, carefully edited and expanded by his wife, researcher Margareth Sekera, over the years, has long been beloved by farmers and soil scientists in its original German. Starting with the basic concepts of „tilth“ and „soil structure“ and moving along to the symptoms of unhealthy soil and the behaviour of plants on non-friable fields, Sekera investigates the complex interrelationships in the soil as well as the practical measures to preserve and improve soil tilth. Every farmer is capable of using the simplest methods of investigation to diagnose his soil issues and provide effective remedies.

Healthy Soils, Sick Soils was intended to be a small contribution to the agricultural field’s understanding of soil, but thanks to the suggestions and recommendations of farmers over the years, it has evolved into so much more. With this book as your guide, any farmer can learn to closely observe the earth and become soil doctor to his own farm.