The American Text Book of Practical and Scientific Agriculture

The American Text Book of Practical and Scientific Agriculture

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...been stacked damp. A spirituous smell is not uncommon in stacks, which shows that the sugar is lost, and with it, probably, most of, or all the nitrogenous constituents. Such hay as we have mentioned last, is probably inferior in value to well saved oat straw. To be a good judge of bay, requires both much experience, and the consideration of many particulars; while the difference in nutritive qualities between good and bad samples--frequently resembling each other to the eye--is very great. Old hay, that is, hay which is over a year old, other things being equal, is always the most valuable. Some chemical change takes place by which it is supposed to be rendered more nutritive; and as has been already stated, horses prosper better upon it. The same peculiarity is found in grasses when used for pasture. It has been noticed, in the valley of the Kennet, England, that sheep might safely be fed upon, or soiled with the grass of the first crop of the water-meadows, but it was dangerous to do either with the second crop of the same grass, ( 0. W. Johnson.) Prof. Way analysed the grass of such meadows taken April 30th (A, ) and 26th June (B, ) and found that in 100 parts in a green state there were contained: Water, Hitrogenous matter, Fatty matter, Starch, gum, sugar, &c, Woody Fibre, Ash, This not only shows that the very season at which grass is cut or fed is a matter of importance, bub elucidates a beautiful provision of nature. In spring, growth is provided for, and heat or fat is not requisite, but in order to provide for the cold of winter, the later grass abounds in fat forming constituents, so that a provision may be laid up for the inclement season. 392. Grasses prosper, on the great majority of soils, --not on all--but those containing a...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236532481
  • 9781236532480