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THE

PEANUT PLANT.

ITS CULTIVATION AND USES.

" Every species of plant requires certain physical conditions for its growth and perfection; and these may be general or special. If general, then it will be widely diffused; but if special, its distribution will be limited. "

BY

B. W. JONES,

OF VIRGINIA.

ILLUSTRATED.

[Illustration]

NEW YORK: ORANGE JUDD COMPANY, 1902

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1885, by the ORANGE JUDD COMPANY, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

PREFACE.

This little work has been prepared mainly for those who have no practical acquaintance with the cultivation of the Peanut. Its directions, therefore, are intended for the beginner, and are such as will enable any intelligent person who has followed farming, to raise good crops of Peanuts, although he may have never before seen the growing plant.

The writer has confined himself to a recital of the more important details, leaving the minor points to be discovered by the farmer himself. If the reader should think these pages devoid of vivacity, let him remember that we have treated of an every day subject in an every day style. The interest in the theme will increase when the beginner has pocketed the returns from his first year's crop. Until then, we leave him to plod his way through the details, trusting that the great Giver of the harvest will bless his labors, and amply reward his toils in this new field.

B. W. J.

WARREN PLACE, SURRY COUNTY, VA., 1885.

CONTENTS.

PAGE.

CHAPTER I. DESCRIPTION.

Origin. Natural History. Varieties. Possible Range. Analysis. 5

CHAPTER II. PLANTING.

Soil, and Mode of Preparation. Seed. Time and Mode of Planting. Fertilizers. Replanting. Moles, and Other Depredators. Critical Period. 14

CHAPTER III. CULTIVATION.

First Plowing and Weeding. Subsequent Workings. Implements. When Cultivation should Cease. Insect Enemies. Effects of Cold. Effects of Drouth. Appearance at this Period. 27

CHAPTER IV. HARVESTING.

When to begin Harvesting. Mode of Harvesting. Why Cured in the Field. Depredators. Detached Peanuts. Saving Seed Peanuts. 37

CHAPTER V. MARKETING.

Picking the Peanuts. Price paid Pickers. Cleaning and Bagging. Peanut "Factories." The best Markets. Picking Machines. 46

CHAPTER VI USES.

Peanut Oil. Roasted Peanuts. Peanut Candy. Peanut Coffee. Peanut Chocolate. Peanut Bread. Peanut Soap. Peanuts as a Food for Stock. Peanut Hay. 55

APPENDIX.

A. Statistics. 65

B. Costs. 67

C. The Peanut Garden of America. 67

THE PEANUT PLANT;

ITS CULTIVATION AND USES.

CHAPTER I.

DESCRIPTION.

=Origin.= The native country of the Peanut ( Arachis hypogæa ) is not definitely ascertained. Like many other extensively cultivated plants, it has not been found in a truly wild state. Some botanists regard the plant as a native of Africa, and brought to the New World soon after its discovery. Sloane, in his history of Jamaica, states that peanuts formed a part of the provisions taken by the slave ships for the support of the negroes on the voyage, and leaves it to be inferred that the plant was introduced in this manner. De Candolle, in Géographie Botanique Raisonnée , and his latter work on L'Origine des Plantes Cultivées , strongly inclines to the American origin of the Peanut. The absence of any mention of the plant by early Egyptian and Arabic writers, and the fact that there is no name for it in Sanscrit and Bengalese, are regarded as telling against its Oriental origin... Continue reading book >>




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