Tricounty News

Marl beds opened in Stearns County


Text from the Tri-County Messenger dated Nov. 19, 1936.

Reprinted from the Tri-County News July 18, 2002.

Work to be done by WPA to aid farmers of this county

For several years, the county extension service has been interested in getting growers of alfalfa and other legumes to use marl in getting better stands of these legumes. After a considerable amount of effort, two marl mines will be opened in the county this week. These projects are made possible as a result of work through the county agent’s office, St. Cloud; A.C. Libby, Anoka; the district representative of the soil conservation service; and the two cooperating farmers who own the marl land.


One mine will be opened in Collegeville Township on the farm of Frank Schmidt which lies between Schumann Lake and the Watab Lake; the other will be opened on the farm of C.D. Brower in section 16 of Maine Prairie Township. Both of these mines will have a high grade of marl to offer for the use of the public. Samples from both mines were sent in to the soils division at University Farm for analysis and the calcium content of the marl in both cases is close to 100 percent.


Under the plan, the drought relief program of the soils conservation service and the WPA make the labor possible to dig the marl and pile it in a stock pile adjacent to the pit. From the pit, farmers who want the marl can take as much as they wish at the rate of 15 cents per cubic yard. The price per cubic yard is all that the owner of the pit receives for the marl. This makes the price very much lower than was ever possible before.

The following text from the Tri-County Messenger dated Dec. 10, 1936.

Three marl beds now open for use by the Stearns County farmers

Since Nov. 1, a considerable amount of interest has been shown in the use of marl as a liming material to use to correct the acid condition of soils in the eastern half of Stearns County. The particular thing that caused quite an interest in the marl-work was the development of three marl beds in this area. At present time, a supply of marl is available in Avon, Collegeville, and Maine Prairie Townships.

In general, it can be stated that marl should be used at the rate of 2-1/2 to 4 cubic yards per acre. Most of the sandy ground in the eastern half of Stearns County will respond to the use of marl. Should individuals be in doubt as to whether or not particular soil needs marl, test samples should be left at the county agent’s office in St. Cloud.

It is urged that as many farmers as possible move marl during the winter months and pile it at the ends of their fields that are going to be treated next year. The best results would probably be secured by applying the marl next spring on fall-plowed land that will be used for some other crop in 1937 but will be planted to legume crops in 1938. There will, of course, be some advantage in putting it on ground that will be planted to legumes already in 1937, but by having it on the land for a year longer, it will have a better opportunity to correct the soil acidity condition.

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We’re preparing for another “first” for Kimball. Tuesday,
June 24 at 7 p.m. hear Tom Stanton,
co-author of the history book of the Lake Francis area, editor of Lake Francis Association newspaper and lived there more than
40 years. Don’t miss this history in Kimball’s historic air-conditioned City Hall, refreshments to follow. There is no charge.

Remember we’ll be at Fair Haven Old Settlers June 28, starts at 9 a.m. with parade at 10 a.m.

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