Documentary promoting the use of fertilisation methods on agricultural land.
Agriculture; Documentary; Industrial / Sponsored Film; Promotional
A documentary promoting the importance of increasing Britain's agricultural production in the restricted economic following World War II. It suggests that farmers must produce 1/6th more in order for the country to reach 'maximum food production', and that this can only be achieved by raising the fertility of large areas of farmland not currently pulling its weight.
The film follows an Agricultural Adviser (named John) as he travels the country to promote the use of fertiliser, paying a visit to a farmer named Herbert Reed who currently follows a progressive livestock policy and only fertilises with 'muck'. Touring the farm, John tries to show Herbert how he could greatly increase production with the use of fertilisers, aiding the growth of feed crops such as grass, hay and mangels, as well as arable crops like wheat, oats, potatoes and sugar beet.
To convince Herbert, John shows a film called 'Farming Fertilisers and Food' which features a variety of fertilisation methods being employed across England, with farmers paying greater attention to drainage, liming, proper cultivation and the adequate use of organic matter and other fertilizers. With Herbert at least partly convinced, John leaves the farm with the certainty that with good management, the maximum profitable use of fertilisers and a better understanding of plant feeding, 'Britain can grow it'.
Herbert Reed, farmer