The First Book of Farming

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Doubleday, Page & Company, 1905 - Agriculture - 259 pages

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Page 184 - OF PLANT-FOOD ELEMENTS IN RAW MATERIALS AND CHEMICALS. The trade-values in the following schedule have been agreed upon by the Experiment Stations of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Vermont, as a result of study of the prices actually prevailing in the large markets of these states. These...
Page vii - The most successful farmers of the present day are those who work in harmony with the forces and laws of Nature which control the growth and development of plants and animals. These men have gained their knowledge of those laws and forces by careful observation, experiment, and study.
Page 22 - ... tons of hay per acre. The only means employed to secure these yields have been the application of lime and stable manure. The Norfolk sand is a typical Atlantic Coast truck soil. It is a mealy, porous, warm sand, well drained and easily cultivated. In regions where trucking forms an important part of agriculture this soil is sought out as best adapted to the production of watermelons, canteloupes, sweet potatoes, early Irish potatoes, strawberries, early tomatoes, early peas, peppers, eggplant,...
Page 11 - Has this fact any bearing on the relation of soil texture to root development? The soft, tender root tips will force their way through a mellow soil with greater ease and rapidity than through a hard soil, and the more rapid the root growth the more rapid the development of the plant. Here is the lesson of deep plowing and thorough breaking and pulverizing of the soil before the crop is planted.
Page 22 - State, which is being conducted by the Bureau of Soils of the United States Department of Agriculture...
Page 184 - Phosphoric acid, soluble in ammonium citrate 6 Phosphoric acid in fine bone and tankage 6 Phosphoric acid in fine medium bone and tankage 5 Phosphoric acid in medium bone and tankage 4 Phosphoric acid in coarse bone and tankage 3 Phosphoric acid in...
Page 14 - Heat the 20 wire and with it solder the piece of candle more firmly to the egg, making a water-tight joint. Place the glass tube in the hole in the piece of candle and with the hot wire solder it firmly.
Page 10 - ... 8 inches, a piece of cloth a little longer than the width of the glass and about 3 inches wide, a spool of dark-colored thread, and a shallow pan or dish. Lay one pane of glass in the pan, letting one end rest on the bottom and the other on the opposite edge of the pan (fig. 9). Wet the cloth and spread it on the glass. Take one of the sprouted seeds, lay it on the cloth, tie pieces of thread around the roots at intervals of one-fourth inch (tie carefully so that the roots will not be injured)...
Page 96 - The cutaway or disc harrows may be either beneficial or of absolute injury. If the discs are so set that they cover but a portion of the surface with the mulch, they leave a ridge exposed to the action of the wind and sun, and the rate of evaporation is greatly increased. The discs should be set at such an angle that the whole surface shall be stirred or covered.
Page 12 - Remove a part of the shell from the large end of the egg without breaking the skin beneath. This is easily done by gently tapping the shell until it is full of small cracks and then picking off the small pieces.

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