Annals of Agriculture and Other Useful Arts Volume 2

Annals of Agriculture and Other Useful Arts Volume 2

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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. 1784 edition. Excerpt: ...more than five persons out of an hundred in Lombardy, and perhaps not more-than ten out of an hundred in other parts of Italy, who eat Wheaten bread; so that a moderate crop must necessarily last a confiderable time; and I make no doubt, but that, under such circumstances, wheat would be a prin S 3 cipal 27o ANNALS.0F cipal objecft of commerce in Italy, if the corntrade were left unfettered. Maize, or Indian corn, has been esteemed by many writers the greatest improvement in agriculture imported into Europe. It was broughtinto Italy above 15o years ago, and has spread itself more or less through every part of it. Before the introduction of this vegetable food, millet was in general use among the lower classes of men. All the fortresses and magazines were filled with it 5 and at this day there is to be seen at Venice a spacious building, called Fandaca di miglia, or magazine of millet, which was formerly employed for this purpose. It is observed to bear the rigour of an inclement season much better than maize; it will wait ten days or a fortnight longer sor rain, and does not require so good a soil. But notwithstanding these advantages, it has been forced to give way to maize, and is not sowed in large quantities, except in Piemont. It is impofiible to conceive the avidity with which most of the Lombard peasants eat this grain. They often sow it in spite of their landlords, and against the express words of their leases; whence it is no wonder, that we find it so osten in improper soils, which are not suliiciently moist and strong. It is certain, thatit tends to impoverish the land; for it is usual to takea crop osifa before the sowing of rice, to which rich land is not suited. 'lhe keeping maizc clear from weeds is attended AGRICULTURE. 27t...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236543440
  • 9781236543448