On Artificial Manures; Their Chemical Selection and Scientific Application to Agriculture

On Artificial Manures; Their Chemical Selection and Scientific Application to Agriculture

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...for the needs of the farm. You tell me that wheat thrives on your land, then make wheat your first object of culture. With the grain you will make money, and have a good quantity of straw left on hand. If you have a few acres of low-lying grass land, manure it well; and, when to your reserve of straw you add a reserve of hay, the time will have come for you to think about buying cattle, and to fix on the number you ought to have. For a time sink no money, for ready cash is a tower of strength to the farmer. Plough well and deeply. Sow your cereals in lines of 1 inches apart; weed these with a small horse-hoe. As Lavoisier justly says, and as common sense indicates, if we insist on following the opposite method and begin with cattle, risking the means of supplying them with food, a dry season alone is sufficient to ruin us; in which case only two alternatives are open: either to sell the cattle at a heavy loss, or to purchase forage for them at an exorbitant price. When, having weighed the subject well, the choice is made of raising cattle in preference to growing crops, it is necessary first to create a supply of food by means of chemical manure, so as to place yourself beyond all eventualities, and to remain master of the situation and have nothing to fear from the future. It is necessary to keep your capital well in hand, and to risk as little as possible, in order to assure freedom of action--in other words--make agriculture a matter of commerce instead of being a slave enchained--bowed down and curbed by the extinct feudal formula, grass, cattle, cereals. This formula had its day but will never again be revived. LECTURE XI. FORMULAE FOB MANURES, AND THE RULES RELATING TO THEIR APPLICATION. Three practical results are brought to light...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789202
  • 9781236789204