USDA documentary titled 'Terracing in the Northeast' depicts terracing techniques for soil control and improved farming
United States USA Date:1939 Duration:5 min 13 sec Sound:NO SOUND
From a U.S. Department of Agriculture documentary titled 'Terracing in the Northeast.' Depicts soil problems in farming and solutions via terracing. Trees near farm land. Withered, irregular plants on poor soil. Healthy crops ready for harvest in a large terraced farmland. Trees and barns at the end of field. A farmer plows field with a tractor. Crops in the farm land. Two men walk on the field. Farmers care for growing plants. A man checks the black soil suitable for the growth of crops. Water flows through a channel to irrigate the crops. Two farmers operate a hand plow. A man plows hardened soil of field standing on a horse-drawn plow.
From an H.W. Wilson Company listing in 1940 of its Educational Film holdings:
This is a Soil conservation service film. As beautiful scenes of the countryside unfold the commentator tells us that much of America's oldest farming land is in the Northeast. The serious soil erosion situation is frequently taken care of by terracing. We learn how terracing is done, its advantages and see land so cultivated. Terracing is used successfully for growing potatoes, tobacco, truck farming and for fruit culture. Cover crops are planted and when turned under add fertility to the soil. It is necessary to inspect the terraces regularly and to keep the channels of the outlets clear. An informative picture showing construction and uses of terraces and other erosion control measures as applied to northeastern part of United States. New Hampshire.
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