Dry-farming; Its Principles And Practice

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byWilliam Macdonald

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII DRY-LAND CROPS AS we have already seen, the region of -A~V the United States which is destined to be reclaimed mainly by the application of the principles of dry-farming comprises the western half of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, the Panhandle of Texas, and westward to the Pacific Coast range; in other words the Great Plains region, the Intermountain West, and vast tracts of country in the States of California, Oregon and Washington. Now the annual rainfall of this dryfarming zone varies from four to twentyfive inches per annum; and as might be expected wide differences also occur in the altitude, the climate and the soil of this enormous area. It is therefore impossible to say off-hand what sort of crop should be grown or what methods of farm management should be employed. Bearing this in mind, we can now discuss the various crops which have given, or are likely to give, the best results from a dry-farming standpoint. At the outset it may be said that to raise one crop1 year after year on the same land is seldom a profitable, and never a safe proceeding, and the dryfarmer must always try, as far as is practicable, to maintain a rational system of rotation in order to preserve the fertility of his soil and at the same time to keep his fields free from insect and fungous pests. 1 The exceptional fertility of some dry lands after many years of continuous cropping to the same grain should not lead farmers to adopt this practice without very good reasons. Chief Crops. In dry-farming the chief crops are the cereals, mostly wheat, oats, barley, corn (maize), rye, emmer, spelt, the grain sorghums and millets; but forage plants, such as lucerne, or alfalfa, clover, field peas and other legumes must be grown to feed the live-stock of the farm while hardy dr...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII DRY-LAND CROPS AS we have already seen, the region of -A~V the United States which is destined to be reclaimed mainly by...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217205070

ISBN - 13:9780217205078

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