Soils of Eastern Virginia and Their Uses for Truck Crop Production Volume 1001-1025

Soils of Eastern Virginia and Their Uses for Truck Crop Production Volume 1001-1025

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...from 300 to 400 pounds to 1,000 pounds per acre. Cucumbers.--Cucumbers are grown both as a field crop and under frames. (See PI. XII, figs. 1 and 2.) The methods of management differ very markedly in the two cases. The producers growing the crop under frames require a light sandy soil, and all the manuring and fertilizing is on an intensified scale. As much as 50 to 60 tons of stable manure per acre may be used for the forcing crop, together with heavy applications of soluble fertilizers. After the earliest part of the crop is harvested and all danger of frost is over, the frames are removed and the vines are allowed to spread, producing a later crop. The yields from this form of production are heavy and not at all comparable with those of the field crop. The 16 replies concerning the cucumber crop were chiefly from those producing the field crop. Thirteen growers, or 80 per cent, prefer either a sandy soil or a sandy loam for the crop. Three are in favor of a loam soil. The yields under field conditions range from 50 to 150 barrels per acre, with a mean of about 100 barrels. In practically all cases stable manure is used in considerable amounts. In addition commercial fertilizers are used at a rate of 500 to 1,500 pounds per acre, with a normal application of about 1,000 pounds. Sweet potatoes.---Of the 15 replies received from growers of sweet potatoes, 13, or 87 per cent, state a preference for a sandy soil or a sandy loam for this crop. While sweet potatoes are rather a subordinate crop in the Norfolk district, a considerable acreage is grown, especially at points where marketing facilities are not quite so favorable as to permit of the more intensive forms of truck growing. Usually the individual acreages within the trucking district...
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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123692021X
  • 9781236920218