Field Operations of the Bureau of Soils Volume 5, PT. 1903

Field Operations of the Bureau of Soils Volume 5, PT. 1903

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...swamps." In the Muck areas which are underlain by quicksand the soil dries out at the first approach of dry weather and nothing can be grown on it. When the Muck is thoroughly dried fire starts in it readily and large ureas have been burned over, leaving nothing but the underlying white sand, which is worthless for agricultural purposes. Certain areas of Muck, underlain by clay at a depth of about 2 feet and drained artificially, probably give larger yields of corn and grass than any other soil of the area, but corn is liable to suffer from early frosts. All forage and root crops produce abundantly, though sugar beets are not a success, because of inferior quality. Infrequent fields of onions, which produce from 500 to 800 bushels per acre, indicate the possible development of a profitable industry. Similar "garden spots" of celery create surprise that this crop has received so little attention. Narrow, low lying, and usually flat areas adjacent to the streams which have deposited them in times of overflow have been mapped as Meadow. The material which constitutes these formations is too variable to admit of definite classification. In some cases fertile sandy loams and clay loams are found, but as frequently sand and gravel predominate, and often former stream courses may be traced by partially covered deposits of gravel. Along the Clinton and Rouge rivers small fields of corn and grass may be seen on these soils, but more often they are kept as permanent pasture, to which use they seem better fitted. Small areas north of Lake Angelus and west of Cass Lake are so wet that they are constantly in a swampy condition. AGRICULTURAL METHODS. On the sandy types of soil the methods of cultivation practiced are fairly well developed. These...show more

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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236540166
  • 9781236540164