Daisy Swain; The Flower of Shenandoah Volume 49-50

Daisy Swain; The Flower of Shenandoah Volume 49-50

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...has done the same thing with an experimental station at Bacon, Del. In the fall of 1908, James McCrea, the late president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, made a trip of three days over the railroad lines on the Delaware Maryland-Virginia peninsula. He saw thousands of acres of this section, --one of the richest agricultural districts in the world--lying idle, with the adjoining farms flourishing, and the products of the latter in great demand in all of the large markets of the Middle and Eastern States. Having knowledge of the success attained by the Long Island Railroad with its two experimental farms, Mr. McCrea established this practical demonstration farm, where the railroad could show the agricultural possibilities of the land on the peninsula. The land purchased at Bacon had not been farmed for over five years. It had been robbed of its/fertility several years earlier, and, considering it worthless, its owners let it grow up in sassafras, sweet briar and weeds. It was in this condition when the railroad company's expert took charge. By a small application of stable manure, about fifteen tons per acre, and 500 pounds of lime, 47 bushels of corn per acre were raised on this land the first year. When the Long Island Railroad established a demonstration farm many scoffed at the idea, and termed those interested in the enterprise "book farmers." They said it was impossible to grow anything on the waste land chosen for the experiment, that it was good for nothing but "pine barrens," and "salt ponds." The scoffing changed to admiration when in two years the Long Island people had succeeded in growing successfully 380 different varieties of plants, including cauliflower, corn, radishes, peas, asparagus, tomatoes, ...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236895177
  • 9781236895172