Farming on Factory Lines; Continuous Cropping for the Large Farmer

Farming on Factory Lines; Continuous Cropping for the Large Farmer

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...a third cutting. That is, providing the land is in good condition, or, if the land is poor, quickacting fertilisers, such as nitrate of soda or liquid manure, have been applied. Plots 1 and 2 being left to provide further soiling, it is generally advisable to sow a little Italian rye grass at the rate of from 24 to 30 lbs. per acre to fill up the bottom, immediately after the first cutting of these plots has taken place. Chain or bush harrowing and rolling the tare stubble after sowing to cover in the grass seeds and check the weeds are necessary. There is one point requiring great attention. It is this. When it is intended to allow the tare crop to grow a second or third time, the crop must be cut with a high stubble about 6" high. If cut too low, only a poor successional growth will result, and if the weather is droughty, the bare surface, such as results from low cutting, quickly becomes parched. Again, low cuttings favour the growth of weeds, whereas on the other hand high cutting smothers weeds. LABOUR ECONOMIES In connection with summer soiling, it may be of interest to describe the system of feeding the crops, with the object of economising labour. A portion of Plot 1, say, 1 acre, is cut green and fed to the stock either in the yards or on the pasture. Directly this acre is cleared a movable fence is erected separating the growing crop from the part which has been cut, and every morning the stockman cuts two or three swathes of the growing crop with a one-horse mowing machine, fitted with a corn reaping attachment. This greatly facilitates the labour of gathering the crop. The "sheaves" are thrown over the movable fence. As the distance from the growing crop to the movable fence increases, the heaps are carted to...
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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236971981
  • 9781236971982