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Fwd: [nafex] Poor Man's Fertilizer

>From my good friend, George Clutts in North Carolina. His son has a farm in 
Ohio. Waite Maclin

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Hi Waite,
Very interesting, I have not heard the saying before. I have oft heard 
of the value of snows, especially late one, in that upon slowly melting 
it is able to permeate the ground better. Also in the sowing of seeds 
one can see the contrast of colors and get a more even distribution and 
as the snow melted it seeds were allowed to seep into the ground.
As for an increased amount of N disolved into the snow, i would go with 
the guy who wonders if this is good, rain water would be the same.Snow 
is however something you can see.If the N was to be increased it would 
have to come from somewhere, I don't believe that a molecule of N would 
hop aboard a snow flake as it fell thru the air. Nature increases the N 
in the soild from below and not above(N fixing plants or thwe breaking 
down of organis substances. Interesting tho. Keep me undated!!

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From: Waite8@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:59 pm
Subject: Fwd: [nafex] Poor Man's Fertilizer

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At 12:06 PM 04/18/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>It snowed here today in Maine.  A warm, wet spring snow, barely
>enough to stick to the ground.  I was in the Blue Hill post office
>this morning and as each new person came in the door they would make
>some comment about the weather and usually finish off with,  "Yup.
>Poor man's fertilizer."

As Vic stated, it's in relation to the N cycle.
I'd seen a similar discussion several years back - seemed the old-timers 
attached some significance to the N dissolved in snow(but wouldn't the same 
, or more, N be dissolved in rainwater?); one respondent even related her 
memories of her father or grandfather getting out and plowing(with a 
two-bottom plow) the snow under, in order to incorporate that N directly 
into the soil so it didn't sublimate away when the snow melted.
Don't know if it really works or not.  Maybe some of our more 
learned/experienced NAFEXers will weigh in with more info.
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY


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