Yearbook of Agriculture. 1895

Yearbook of Agriculture. 1895

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...cut on the uplands of the 'humid" prairie region. It is, like the big and bushy blue stems, spreading rapidly. It does not make a close turf, like the other gramas, but grows in mixtures with the leafy prairie species. Sideoats grass stands pasturing well, and is not injured by continued cuttings. The other two species, white grama (B. ol iyosto-ch ya) and blue grama (H. hirsuta), while they do occur scattered through the prairie flora of the eastern prairie region, do not figure as hay grasses. They are most plentiful on the ranges, where, with buffalo grass, they make up about 50 per cent of the total wild forage. They are low, closegrowing species, that make dense mats of turf, often many yards in diameter, to the exclusion of all other species. They will 1 i v e through a vast amount of trampling, close grazing, drying, and hard usage, and their fine leaves and stems make the best kind of summer and winter pasture. They will not le as valuable under cultivation as the side-oats grama, except in a mixture for pastures. Like the true buffalo grass, these grasses can not live through the changed conditions that have been brought, alwmt in the agricultural sections, and are rapidly disappearing. On the range's, however, they are still quite plentiful. The praises of buffalo grass (Biichloe (lactyloitlr.s) have long been sung, and there is not a farmer or a rancher in all the prairie region that docs not know the value of this species. It has been tried in cultivation in the Eastern States, and promises to become one of the very best pasture grasses. It makes a remarkable growth when transferred to the heavy clay soils of the Kast, where the rainfall is much greater than in its native habitat. It can be established in a meadow by scattering...show more

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  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236535839
  • 9781236535832