Farmers Bulletin

Farmers Bulletin

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... known as "seed inoculation." The seed to be treated are put into a clean bucket or tub and the pure culture is poured on, a little at a time, while the seed is stirred and mixed with the hand till every seed has been given a thin, moist coating of the culture. After moistening, the seed should be spread upon a clean floor or on newspapers and dried. If the inoculation is done in the evening the seed should be dry enough for early morning sowing. Seed thus treated and stored in the dark can be kept for a week or more if the weather prevents immediate seeding. Pure cultures for legume crops are supplied free, in small quantities for demonstration purposes, by the United States Department of Agriculture. Larger quantities can be bought from commercial dealers. Pure cultures produce very good results if they are fresh and conditions are favorable. However, most of the legumes seeded in the corn belt are inoculated by the soil method. The pure-culture method costs about $2 per acre, while the soil and glue method costs but a few cents per acre, and entails little more work than the pure-culture method except that required for gathering the inoculated soil. Since there are but few neighborhoods now where there can not be found at least one field of each of the common legumes, the soil method may be used almost anywhere. TESTING SEED. It is easy to test seed of all kinds, both for germination and for purity. For the germination test you need only a box that you can make in an hour. For the purity test you need only a 50-cent microscope that will enable you to count the weed seeds in a given number of clover or alfalfa seeds. One ear of seed corn will produce about 5 bushels--if all the grains grow. If none of the grains grow--and more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236841131
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