Relating to the Sugar Industry in Peru; (With Special Mention of Hacienda Cartavio.)

Relating to the Sugar Industry in Peru; (With Special Mention of Hacienda Cartavio.)

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...irrigation, it is easily discerned either by a white incrustation on the surface, a dark brown color in patches, or by areas of soil whose surface layer remains moist long after the irrigation period. These moist spots are particularly in evidence in the early morning, evening, or on a foggy day. If a soil after being wet and dried becomes exceedingly hard and difficultly worked with the plow, it is partial evidence that alkali of a particular type is present. A strongly alkali spot in a field of cane may sometimes be detected by the appearance of the cane growing on it. The cane will seem () The ancient inhabitants of Peru have had some influence on modern agricultural conditions. The country must have been thickly populated in their time as signs of their labors are to be seen in localities that wouldhardly have been selected but for overcrowding. It is said they terraced the mountains in order to get lands to plant crops. They built dams to control the water, and they constructed long waterways to distribute the water to land that would otherwise be unproductive. In fact, they seem to have developed agriculture as then known to its fullest extent. They raised many crops of which corn seems to have been one of the most important. It is said they knew the value of the guano and that the seabirds that helped to make it were held sacied. By changing the course of the irrigating waters, they have altered somewhat the area of cultivable land. Some of the soils have been made better by their cultivation, and some have been injured because by their methods of scraping and irrigating, the alkali has been increased. to be suffering from drought; the leaves will be yellowish and th- stalks stunted. COMPOSITION OP ALKALI. In an alkali crust more

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