Irrigation in Montana

Irrigation in Montana

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...and two furrows or by means of a special implement containing two disks, which throw the earth to the center and fill the ditch. Coat of irrigating a 40-acre barley field. Leveling, ditching, and checking, at 75 cents per acre $30.00 Value of water used, at $1 per acre 40.00 Applying sufficient water to mature crops, at 85 cents 34. 00 Leveling laterals, at 7 cents per acre 2. 80 Total 106. 80 Gross returns from barley, 58 bushels, at 50 cents 1,160. 00 Net returns 1,053.20 IRRIGATING ALFALFA IN YELLOWSTONE VALLEY. Alfalfa being a perennial plant, the annual cost of plowing, cultivating, and seeding is saved. There is, however, more urgent need for thorough preparation at the time the crop is put in, since an uneven surface or badly located ditches may materially diminish the yields of every crop for a long period of years. The loss, from any one of these causes, of 100 pounds of alfalfa to the acre at each of three cuttings would amount to $9 per acre in twelve years, but such causes frequently reduce the yield to the extent of half a ton per acre, when the loss in the time named would amount to $108 per acre or about double the present value of alfalfa land. In preparing a field for alfalfa it is better to plow it in the fall. It is then evenly graded and cultivated in the following spring as early as the ground is sufficiently dry to work and the seed drilled in to a depth of about 3 inches. The quantity of seed sown in the Yellowstone Valley averages about 22 pounds per acre. Many prefer to plow the laterals before seeding and to run the seeder as close as possible to the edge of the ditch. This prevents, for a time at least, the growth of alfalfa in the ditches. Young plants are tender at first and require moist soil for a seed bed...
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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236974395
  • 9781236974396