Michigan State Farmers' Institutes Volume 4

Michigan State Farmers' Institutes Volume 4

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...stable to absorb ammonia that might go to waste, and makes air purer for man and beast. Manure is drawn out on the clover, too, when conditions are favorable, directly from the stable. At other times it is spread in the manure shed and tr-amped by stock when they go out there for water. There is then no loss. 1 Stock are never let out of the shed in winter to leave manure where it would be wasted. A large shed is not needed, as cows are dehorned. We have about 25 animals, --cows, horses, etc. If fed on clover hay the manure would be worth, commercially, about $2 a day. You would pay that for same ingredients in fertilizers at retail. We feed about 200 days; $400 worth of manure. Half of this is lost on the average by farmers. VVe save it all. Shed and cement floor cost about $400. Fifty per cent per annum on our money satisfies us; but that is not nearly all. The shed is used for tools and wagons in summer. Never leave anything out at all. The cows go to the stable to be milked, at the other end, not through the shed. We manure one-third of our cultivated land each year. Always top-dress poor places in the young clover so as to make that grow, where it otherwise might not. Have used a manure spreader 16 years for this purpose. Fourth, WE KEEP SOMETHING GROWING on our land as nearly all the time as is practicable. We aim to keep.the surface shaded and live roots in the soil to prevent the leaching down of plant food. There is a great natural law that shaded land grows richer and bare land poorer. Every rod of our land has a live crop on it this winter. There is no washing on hillsides or blowing away of fine particles of soil. Fifth, we have liberated thousands of dollars worth of plant food by proper tillage, at small cost, comparatively, .show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236772555
  • 9781236772558