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Talks on Manures A Series of Familiar and Practical Talks Between the Author and the Deacon, the Doctor, and other Neighbors, on the Whole Subject   By: (1828-1892)

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TALKS ON MANURES.

A Series of Familiar and Practical Talks Between the Author and the Deacon, the Doctor, and Other Neighbors, on the Whole Subject of Manures and Fertilizers.

by

JOSEPH HARRIS, M.S.

Author of “Walks and Talks on the Farm,” “Harris on the Pig,” etc.

NEW AND ENLARGED EDITION,

Including a Chapter Specially Written for It by Sir John Bennet Lawes, of Rothamsted, England.

[Illustration: Publisher’s Logo]

New York: Orange Judd Company, 1919

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1883, by the ORANGE JUDD COMPANY In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

Printed in U. S. A.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Farming as a Business. High Farming and Good Farming. Summer fallowing and Plowing under Clover. We must raise larger Crops per Acre. Destruction of Weeds. Farming is Slow Work. It requires Personal Attention. 9

CHAPTER II.

What is Manure? The definitions given by the Deacon and the Doctor. 19

CHAPTER III.

Something about Plant food. All soils on which plants grow contain it. The Season. Water, Shade, Light, and Mulch, not Manures. Several Definitions of Manure. 21

CHAPTER IV.

Natural Manure. Accumulated Plant food in the Soil. Exhaustion of the Soil. Why our Crops are so Poor. How to get Larger Crops. We must Drain, Cultivate thoroughly, and Make Richer Manure. 23

CHAPTER V.

Swamp muck and Peat as Manure. Draining Swamp land. Composition of Peat and Muck. 29

CHAPTER VI.

What is Potential Ammonia. 31

CHAPTER VII.

Tillage is Manure. The Doctor’s Lecture on Manure. 32

CHAPTER VIII.

Summer fallowing. Mr. Lawes’ crop every other year. Wheat after Barley. For Larger Crops raise less frequently, and Manure Higher; also keep better Stock, and Feed Higher. 34

CHAPTER IX.

How to Restore a Worn out Farm. The Author’s Farm. Tillage renders the Plant food stored in the soil available. Cultivated Lands contain less Plant food, but are more productive. Grass alone will not make rich land. 37

CHAPTER X.

How to Make Manure. We must get it out of the Land. 41

CHAPTER XI.

The Value of the Manure depends upon the Food not upon the Animal. 43

CHAPTER XII.

Foods which Make Rich Manure. Table giving the composition of 31 kinds of Food and the value of the Manure they yield. Cotton seed Cake. English and German Clover. Nitrogenous matter in Rich and Poor Foods. Manure from Corn compared with that from Straw. 45

CHAPTER XIII.

Horse manure and Farm yard Manure. Why the one is richer than the other. Amount of Manure from a Horse... Continue reading book >>




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