The Report on the Agriculture of Norfolk to which the Prize was Awarded by the Royal Agricultural Society of England. [With Plates.]

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Ridgways, 1844 - Agriculture - 412 pages
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Page 204 - When substances which are incapable of being employed in the nutrition of a plant exist in the matter absorbed by its roots, they must be again returned to the soil. Such excrements might be serviceable and even indispensable to the existence of several other plants. But substances that are formed in a vegetable organism during the process of nutrition, which are produced, therefore, in consequence of the formation of woody fibre, starch, albumen, gum, acids, &.C., cannot again serve in any other...
Page 392 - In more than one instance has he said to a tenant, " If you will keep an extra yard of bullocks, I will build you a yard and sheds free of expense.
Page 143 - It ought, however, in justice to be stated, that in almost all the enquiries which have been made upon this point, we have invariably found the rate of wages higher in proportion when the price of corn was low than when high prices have been obtained.
Page 32 - The soil in which plants grow furnishes them with phosphoric acid, and they in turn yield it to animals, to be used in the formation of their bones, and of those constituents of the brain which contain phosphorus. Much more phosphorus is thus afforded to the body than it requires, when flesh, bread, fruit, and husks of grain are used for food, and this excess is eliminated in the urine and the solid excrements.
Page 390 - ... be made broader at the base than at the top, in order that the exterior leaves in every part of the hedge may enjoy, in an equal degree, the influence of light, air, and perpendicular rains. " MR. FRANCIS BLAIKIE'S little work " On the Management tf Hedges and Hedge-row Timber...
Page 207 - ... in order to augment its fertility for any given kind of plants. These researches and experiments are the great desideratum of the present time. To THE UNITED EFFORTS OF THE CHEMISTS OF ALL COUNTRIES WE...
Page 225 - ... we place a seed, — that of an apple, for instance, — in earth at the temperature of 32 Fahr., it will remain inactive till it finally decays. But if it is placed in moist earth above the temperature of 32, and screened from the action of light, its integument gradually imbibes moisture and swells, oxygen is absorbed, carbonic acid expelled, and the vital action of the embryo commences.
Page 206 - When we have exactly ascertained the quantity of ashes left after the combustion of cultivated plants which have grown upon all varieties of soil, and have obtained correct analyses of these ashes, we shall learn with certainty which of the constituent elements of the plants are constant and which are changeable, and we shall arrive at an exact knowledge of the sum of all the ingredients we withdraw from the soil in the different crops. With this knowledge...
Page 335 - Wells, improved upon the drill known as Cooke's drill, which by this time was in use in several parts of Norfolk. The improvement consisted — First — In making a sliding axle-tree, by which the carriage wheel could be extended at pleasure to the width of the " stetches" or lands, and by which means another box with cups and more coulters could be used.
Page 69 - ... uncertainty from apprehended legislative measures, I cannot see how arrangements can be made for letting and hiring farms, except upon such a system as may in some measure meet the circumstances under which we may possibly be placed. This must be something of a corn rent— something that will reduce the rent, with the decrease of the occupier's ability to pay and increase it with his more ample means. There must be a give and take plan, otherwise agreements will never bind but one party, and...

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