Public Documents of Massachusetts Volume 2

Public Documents of Massachusetts Volume 2

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...experiment was tried was ploughed up four years ago, having been in grass for eight or nine years before, and was quite run out. It has a gravelly subsoil, is level, and is what would generally be considered good corn-land. The first year after breaking up, it was manured with seven cords of good compost manure per acre, and planted with squashes. The second year it was manured as above, and planted with potatoes. The third year it was manured with sufficient of the Stockbridge Corn Fertilizer, purchased of W. H. Bowker & Co., to produce, according to his formula, seventy-five bushels of corn per acre over and above the natural yield of the land without any fertilizer, which I considered would be forty bushels per acre; and the product was eighty-one bushels of very sound shelled corn. The fourth and last season I divided the acre into two equal parts, with no noticeable difference in the quality or location of the land. After ploughing, I spread upon one half, which I will designate as lot No. 1, seven hundred and four pounds of Darling's Animal Fertilizer, bought of Whittemore Brothers, costing, with freight, $15.08, and forty pounds of muriate of potash, costing $1.40, both amounting to $16.48. On the other half, lot No. 2, I spread three bags of Stockbridge's Corn Fertilizer, which, according to his formula, was expected to produce at the rate of sixty bushels per acre above the natural product of the land, costing, with freight, $17.25. The corn was planted with Ross & Co.'s corn-planter, and cultivated wholly with his cultivators, without any handlabor, except pulling out a few scattering weeds that the cultivator failed to cover sufficiently. This system left the crop clean of weeds, and reduced the cost of cultivation very...show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 630g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236494857
  • 9781236494856