Growing Crops on Land Previously Used as Catfish Ponds

In the Mississippi Delta catfish are raised in ponds that have been created by
building levees on level land to form the ponds. The soil is heavy clay so the
levees maintain their structural integrity for many years. The typical pond is
about 12 acres in size and 3 to 4 feet deep. In recent years due to increased
importing of cheap Asian fish many farmers have quit raising catfish and have
converted the land back to growing crops such as soybeans, rice and wheat. Over
100,000 acres of catfish ponds have been converted in the last few years.

What the farmers have found when they grow these crops on previous catfish land is
that they benefit significantly from the nutrients that have been left by the catfish.
The soil contains more organic material and retains moisture better. Yields are 20 to
30 percent better than the same type of land that did not grow catfish.

A small amount of clay from these previous catfish ponds is what is used in the making of Fishnure(TM) Humus Compost and provides the same benefits as those received by the Delta crops.

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