Agriculture and Rural Economy; From Personal Observation

Agriculture and Rural Economy; From Personal Observation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...by their etfervescence. In the case above referred to, the clay which he applied would not efi'ervesce on the application of an acid; but, on drying it before the fire, and then applying the vinegar, he found the desired result. This determined him to use it on the land, giving it all the benefit of the sun in summer. In another case, he applied, in September, 1835, seventy loads per acre of marl, blue, with some chalky particles among it, upon seven acres, and left seven acres adjoining unmarled. The next year, the oats were very good where the clay was; the succeeding year, with turnips, the crop was good where the land had been clayed; on the other land the crop appeared, and soon perished. In 1840, the whole field was clayed, and a large crop of barley was obtained throughout. He remarks, "that land will vor.. rr. 3 not always show the benefit in the first crop after the application. Some farmers," he says, "prefer lime to clay, on light land." He deems this an error. Lime will correct the acidity in such land, but it does not give solidity' or compactness to the soil, but makes light land still lighter. Besides the advantages to which I have above referred, he considers the application of clay as serving to strengthen' the straw of wheat, and to increase the quantity and improve the quality of the grain; and likewise--certainly a most material point--to prevent mildew in wheat, to which the farm was formerly subject. He is of opinion, likewise, that it prevents a disease to which turnips are subject, called, vulgarly, fingers and toes, which I think is more doubtful; and that it supplies to the soil an element favorable to the growth of clover, of which I believe there can be no question. It may be...show more

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  • Paperback | 428 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 757g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236819411
  • 9781236819413