American Agriculturist Volume 1

American Agriculturist Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...the effect also of heavy Tains. Mr. Smith, of Dunston, Scotland, was the first to bring this plow into general notice, and he somewhat enthusiastically, though perhaps truly enough, thus describes the beneficial results. " When land has been thoroughly drained, deeply wrought, and well manured, the most unpromising, sterile soil becomes a deep rich loam; rivalling in fertility the best natural land of the country: and from being fitted for raising only scanty crops of common oats, will bear good crops of from 32 to 48 bushels of wheat, 30 to 40 bushels of beans, 40 to 60 bushels of barley, and from 48 to 70 bushels of early oats per statute acre; besides potatoes, turnips, mangle-wurtzle and carrots, as green crops, which all good agriculturists know are the abundant producers of the best manure. It is hardly possible to estimate all the advantages of a dry and deep soil. Every operation in husbandry is thereby facilitated and cheapened; less seed and less manure produce a full effect; the chances of a good and early tilth for sowing are greatly increased; a matter of great importance in our precarious climate; and there can be no doubt that even the climate itself will be much improved by the general prevalence of land made dry." Sir Edmund Stracey, in a communication to the Royal Agricultural Society, thus speaks, also, of the beneficial effects of the sub-soil plow. " On my coming to reside on my estate at Rackheath about six years since, I found fivo hundred acres of heath land, composing two farms without tenants; the gorse, heather and fern shooting up in all parts. In short, the land was in such a condition, that the crops returned not the seed sown. The land was a loose loamy soil, and had been broken up by the plow to more

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 612g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584635
  • 9781236584632