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Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 1, January 5, 1884. A Weekly Journal for the Farm, Orchard and Fireside   By:

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PRAIRIE FARMER

A Weekly Journal for

THE FARM, ORCHARD, AND FIRESIDE.

ESTABLISHED IN 1841. ENTIRE SERIES: VOL. 56 NO. 1.

CHICAGO, SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 1884.

PRICE, $2.00 PER YEAR, IN ADVANCE.

[Transcriber's Note: Some pages in the original had the corner torn off. Missing text has been marked [].]

[Transcriber's Note: The Table of Contents was originally located on page 8 of the periodical. It has been moved here for ease of use.]

THE CONTENTS OF THIS NUMBER.

AGRICULTURE Tall Meadow Oat Grass, Page 1; The Barbed Wire Business, 1 2; A Rambler's Letter, 2; Let Us Be Sociable, 2; Seed Corn Again, 2; Field and Furrow, 3.

LIVE STOCK Mr. Grinnell's Letter, Page 14; Prices of 1883, 4; Docking Horses, 4; Items, 4.

THE DAIRY Lessons in Finance for the Creamery Patron, Page 5.

VETERINARY Fever, Page 5.

HORTICULTURE Ill. Hort. Society, Page 6; A Short Sermon on a Long Text, 6; Prunings, 6 7.

FLORICULTURE Gleanings by an Old Florist, Page 7; Am I a Scot or am I Not, Poetry, 7; Primitive Northwest, 7.

EDITORIAL Items, Page 8; Seed Samples, 8; The Pork Question in Europe, 8; Corn, Wheat, and Cotton, 8; Chicago in 1883, 9; Strong Drink, 9; Questions and Answers, 9; Wayside Notes, 9; Champaign Letter, 9.

POULTRY NOTES Chat With Correspondents, Page 10; Feather Ends, 10.

THE APIARY Keep Bees, Page 10; The New Bees, 10; Hive and Honey Hints, 10.

SILK CULTURE Women In Silk Culture, Page 11.

HOUSEHOLD The Schoolmarm's Story, Poem, Page 12; A Chat About the Fashions, 12; A Kitchen Silo, 12; Items, 12.

YOUNG FOLKS Talk about the Lion, Page 13; A Jack knife Genius, 13; Little Johnny, 13.

BOOK NOTICES Page 13.

LITERATURE Robin, Dear Robin, Poetry, Page 14; Mrs. Wimbush's Revenge, 14.

HUMOROUS The Carpenter's Wooing, Poetry, Page 15; Where the Old Maids Come From, 15; Items, 15.

NEWS OF THE WEEK Page 16.

MARKETS Page 16.

TALL MEADOW OAT GRASS.

Prof. John W. Robson, State Botanist of Kansas, sends THE PRAIRIE FARMER an extract from his last report, concerning a tame grass for hay and pasturing which is new to that State. The grass has been on trial on an upland farm for two years, during which time he has watched it very closely. The Professor says, "It possesses so many excellent qualities as to place it in the front rank of all cultivated grasses." He enumerates from his notes:

1st. The seed will germinate and grow as easily as common oats. 2d. It maintains a deep green color all seasons of the year. 3d. Its roots descend deeply into the subsoil, enabling this grass to withstand a protracted drouth. 4th. Its early growth in spring makes it equal to rye for pasturage. 5th. In the next year after sowing it is ready to cut for hay, the middle of May not merely woody stems, but composed in a large measure of a mass of long blades of foliage. The crop of hay can be cut and cured, and stowed away in stack or barn, long before winter wheat harvest begins. 6th. It grows quickly after mowing, giving a denser and more succulent aftermath than any of the present popular tame grasses.

For several years, he says, we have been looking for a grass that would supply good grazing to our cattle and sheep after the native grasses have become dry and tasteless. In the early portion of 1881, his attention was called to a tame grass which had been introduced into the State of Michigan from West Virginia. This forage plant was causing some excitement among the farmers in the neighborhood of Battle Creek. So he entered into a correspondence with a friend living there, and obtained ten pounds of seed for trial. The result has been satisfactory in every respect. The seed was sown April 1, 1881. It germinated quickly, and the young plants grew vigorously. During the whole summer they exhibited a deep green color, and did not become brown, like blue grass, orchard grass, or timothy. As soon as the spring of 1882 opened, growth set in rapidly, and continued till the latter end of May, at which period it stood from three to four feet high... Continue reading book >>




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