: Photograph illustrating various farming practices on a farm in Muskingum County. Muskingum County is located in eastern Ohio and is predominantly rural.The soil is a mixture of clay and sand, and is mostly fertile. Grain raising was formerly the leading occupation.
Many farms relied on strip cropping to prevent all of a given field from being tilled at one time. Strip cropping is a method of growing crops in a systematic arrangement of strips across a field. Specifically, contour strip cropping shortens the length of land slopes, checks the movement of run-off water, helps to de-silt it and increases the absorption of rainwater by the soil.
Reverse reads: “Land use on the farm of Floyd Lapp-Muskingum County Ohio-Salem Twp. Ohio Project #14. See 9.10.
1. Woods fenced out and protected from pasture.
2. Steep land retired to permanent meadow.
3. Strip cropping.
4. Wheat field to be stripped in 1936.
5. Strip cropping just visible through the trees.
6. Contour strip cropping.
7. New alfalfa-seeded spring 1935.
8. New lafalfa-seeded spring 1935.
9. Pasture treated spring 1935-very rank and luxuriant.” View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B11F02_009_001 Subjects
: Agriculture--Ohio--History.; Farming; Muskingum (Ohio) Places
: Salem Township (Ohio); Muskingum County (Ohio)