Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



For many years, cash crops have been considered the most profitable income of most farmers in Jasper County, as well as other areas in the south. The average of crop yields has declined in these areas for the past thirty years or more, except in the creek bottom fields. Low yields have brought serious questions to some farmers about the returns from cash crops. Recently, some operators have begun to boost their profits from cash crops by using soil building practices. These farmers have recognized what they did not believe was true twenty years or more ago, that fertility of Blackland soils must be aided through the use of fertilizers and legumes in the farming system.

Recent emphasis on soil building practices has brought some additional problems to landowners and tenant operators. With increased co3ts of mechanized farming operations and other changes in farming methods and practices, pressure for adjustment has been placed on customary rental arrangements. Variations in sharing the cost of soil-building crops have prompted the need for information on these practices. Farm management specialists have found that recent adoption of fertilizers and soil building practices has played a large part in the uncertainty of landlord-tenant agreements. Within recent years, landlords and tenants have asked their county agent how expenses and returns on soil building practices generally are shared.

Committee Chair/Advisor

J. M. Coruthers

Committee Member

J. M. Coruthers


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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