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Practical Hints For April

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FrOm the American Agriculturist. Oats.- Early sown oats in our hot cliïnate are, as a rule, botter than tlicí late sown. Our climate is-oot so favorable for oats as tt)e cooler northern and northeastern ones. ïhere oats are heavy and plump, and aeed froui Cauada, Nova Scoüa, and New BruDswiufc wifi produeu well fur tvvo or three years. By using sed from these northern looalities, oats may be grown in the Middle State6 woighing froni 35 to 45 pounds per bushel. Barley. - A fine condition of the soil is indispensable for this erop. Old barley growers know all about this, but many want to grow barley because it ia a profitable erop when successful. It will succeed in soy good, wcll prepared soil, but a mellow olay loam wbkh can be brought to good tilth is to be preferred. Hut good crops of brif?ht grain inay be grown on lichter loams i f in good heart. It may be made an excellent suiling crup tu Tullun clover, and as a ohange froui oats. We prefer to sow thickly, say 2i bushels per acre, but opinions vary jn this respect, and from 1 i to 2 bushels is tbc range. CW).?.- Gnrget and abortion trouble the dairytnen. We beliove in preyention. The former may sureJy be prevented by due care. As soon as tlie udder contains milk, it should be relieved by drawing uff a part of it, if there is aiiy tendency to hardness. These diseasof are often a consequeuce of weakneís. A fat animal may be weak for want of food. When a cow's time ap proaches and the feed is suddenly rsdneed, disturbaooe of the syrtpin is cau-ed. ('irculation becomes irrenül:ir, and oongostion ocours in the most .suoeptible ergans. The udder is tbo principal 'me of tliene at this period, and au attack of L-arget Ls vory sure to occur. ThiH may not always a mi, luit long experienee and observation c( nvinoei ae that it generally is. The remedy is obvious. r'"7(.- This is one of tfiosu erops which r#uin: a warm soil and nlm-h nli.-v l'ioin a late frost. But the ground may be prepared in seaxiii to help on the plantint? afterwardx. A good a erop may be Bown od stubbles as on sod if the right metliod is followed; andtliis is.simply to giye hulli eient manure and thornuri cultivation. One hundrod bushels per acre may be produced, and this means doublé or treble pay tbr the same labor. Far ]arrer crujís tlian this nave been grown, and of late year-, thanks to the cPtiora! ditfusión of cieti tifie knowledge through the best of the agricukural journals, the average yiild f this grain has btx'n doubled. A yield of 75 or 80 bushels is now secured where 30 or 40 bushels used tosatisfy farmers. The use of fertilizers and ood methods of cultivation have effected thift; but the same means may be made avaikble lor even larger yields, and one should never stay satisfied with a large erop, but try fur ttill greater ones. The time of planting of couree varies with the latitude, aud tnese reiuarks apply when corn planting is in gcason.