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How To Raise Good Wheat

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The Question Discussed by the Southern Michigan Farmer's Club. The Southern Washtenaw Faemers' Club met at the residence of Wm. Pease in Manchester township, on Friday. Owing to the busy season in preparing for seeding, there were not so many present as usual. Only about 40 found time to leave their work for a half day, but those who were there had a very enjoyable time indeed, and it was nearly 3 o'clock before President B. G. English shut off the social to proceed to business. Miss Mary Hitchcock, of Sharon, read some newspaper clippings both funny and prosy to the enjoyment of all. Mrs. Allen, the essayist, did not respond when her name was called, and the club took up the topic for discussion which was "Wheat." John G. English read a paper upon the origin and uses of wheat. He thought the present advanced price was due to the demand for more bread in the foreign countries rather than to any political influences. Dea Richard Green, a veteran and successful wheat grower, thought nothing equalled a good old fashioned summer fallow to raise wheat on, yet he admitted that some years this did not; furnish a good crop. Mr. Merrithew said he had had as serious failures on summer fallows as on stubble or corn ground. C. M. Fellows thought there was more in having a fertile soil with good tillage than in the crop previous to using the ground for wheat. He bad been as successful in raising wheat after beans as in any other way, and with less labor. But all agreed that bad weather and insects might ruin a wheat crop in spite of tillage or soil. The prevalence of smut in many fields caused quite an extended discussion but do one was able to give any satisfactory reason, some thought that the variety was at fault, while others thought that the smut came from sowing smut with the seed, but "the doctors failed to agree" upon the cause or the remedy. After the discussion supper was served followed by fruit and melons for dessert. The club has adopted the rule to meet the first Friday each month with the members in alphabetical order, the place of the next meeting was not announced. This, we believe is the oldest club in the state and has a large membership.