Report of the Director Including Bulletins

Report of the Director Including Bulletins

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...become badly affected with dodder, the only remedy is to plow up the alfalfa and put the land in cultivated crops for a few years. ANIMAL ENEMIES. The animal enemies that destroy alfalfa in Kansas are, taken in the order of greatest destructivenes, the gopher, grasshopper, prairie-dog, and web-worm. The methods of combating these can be treated here only briefly, as the subject is handled by other departments of this Station. The most destructive animal in alfalfa fields is the pocketgopher. It occurs in all parts of the state, and is constantly increasing in numbers. The time is now here when alfalfa-growers will have to plan as a part of the yearly expense of raising alfalfa the killing of gophers. Prof. D. E. Lantz, of this Station, after an extensive investigation in 1901, estimated that, in that year, the gophers destroyed one-tenth of the entire product of the alfalfa fields of Kansas. The most practicable method of destroying the gopher is by poison. Professor Lantz, in Press Bulletin 109 of this Station, describes the method of poisoning, as follows: "They are very fond of common potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, raisins, and prunes. The presence of strychnine, arsenic or other poisons does not seem to deter them from eating the food, but if the poison is sweetened they seem to eat it more readily. In summer it may be desirable to sweeten the poison, but in the fall and early spring it does not seem worth while to do this. The poisoned food being introduced to the burrows below the surface, there is no danger of poisoning stock. It might be well, however, not to let swine run in the alfalfa fields for a time after the poison has been put out. "The following method of introducing the poison is recommended: Cut the potatoes, more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506499
  • 9781236506498