The Irrigation Age Volume 23

The Irrigation Age Volume 23

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...Irrigation Congress, held in Sacramento on September 5 last. The following sentiments from Mr. Burbank's speech will give our readers a fair idea of the present status of the culture. The term thornless cactus is quite indefinite, for it is no more of a. novelty than thornlcss watermelon; however, among the cacti growing to immense size with corresponding rapidity and co-relative latent possibilitics, there were none devoid of thorns until now. The Opuntias present the greatest commercial possibilities of the cacti. Burbank's farms have produced spineless Opuntias having three to four times as much weight of food per acre as their thorny wild parents. Also some of the improved Opuntias can stand five to ten degrees more freezing than others which are wild'. The Opuntia is by all means the hardiest, most rapidly growing, prolific and adaptable to conditions of moisture, temperature and soil of all the great cactus family. At least one crop of very delicious fruit is borne each year, to say nothing of the quantity of fodder developed in a single season. The Opuntia is all food or fodder. While due consideration is given to the value of the delicious fruits of the improved Opuntia, the prime issue is that of supplying a dependable forage crop for arid regions. It is found that all herbivorous animals relish the cactus, and can, of course, eat the spinelem Opuntia without fear of the results brought about by the thorn. They will support animal life without other food, and when fed as part of a balanced ration will produce beef and mutton. There is no danger of the Opuntia running wild and again producing thorns when set out in the desert, for the cactus was originally thornless. Leaving its undisputed fodder value out of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123694965X
  • 9781236949653