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Deep Plowing For Corn

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L wtt Spring, in laying ou'. my sunv ncr wnrlc, I snv it was going te be d ffic It and expensive lo get, hands to woik all my leamn, aud seeing nu advor tiscm-nt oi'J. L Ba-k & Oo.'s Gang and Trench Piow, I decidëcl to giv it a iri .1. Stid plow carne pnmply to of der. llitchin.,' f ur good horses it I Fet rt to on the nnoothest pur' "f the field, stiil huving my doubts wie h er it would work on all kinds of an I, but it (ïid ha woik mueh to my satitiii; tio, luhen determined to te-t it on a ytece. of rouh plowing wh-re I h d get hij single plows to work Mr, Plowman t ouglii it would not be of much use I told him it bad got to work on all kinds of land to fill it rccomnieuda ion. " All riglit " saya he " here goesf anxi suie enoHgh, it did go. I was much disappointed tu find tbat ha waa doing better woik on the rough ground tbB any single plow I ever mw run. Every fiirr.iw was completely turne.l, and uo B(d falling back. I theu took ofl the gang pioWs, and attached the trench plow, and plowad four acre through the middle of my Eeld, just twelvo inohes deop. My oorn got bat little teuding, but it was all oultivated alike. This fall I husked two loads of good corn from the deep plowing, where I only got one load of poor corn from the same number oi rows on the shallow plowing; the rows growing side by side, wbere I made the test, bo that the soil was all the same ;- one was turned twelvo inches deep, and the other aeven inches. I think this proves to a domonstration the old saying to- Plow deep, vhile slnggards s'eep, Aud you will have corn to sell, and to keep Uut I must say more in favor of the Gang Plow. There are more objects than one gained in its use ; you notooly save the expense of one hand, and the fatigue ot traveling all day in the furrow, but you get a inore uniform pieceof plowing done than you can get done in any oth r way There is not one hand iu fifty that knows how to do a good piece of plowing, or that knows when nis plow is in order. You may go aud show him about how you want your work done ; he will perhaps plow one furrow as you directed, then his plow will ruD half way out of the ground, then a few rods in up to the beam ; he, laying. the blame to the plow, will changa the elevis, and run it somewnere else, 80 your ground is hogged over, and you raise half a erop on account of a poor plowrrian. But you take the Gang Plow, get into thé seat, drive a couple of rounds yourself, set your plow whö.e you want it to run, and teil your hand not to change it,r and you will have overy furrow plowed the same depth and the same width, and you will raiae a good erop, because your land was well plowed. Again, it will save you blacksmithing, fur the gang plow will run twice as without skarpemng, as the single p'.i'w will. My trench plowing kept very free {rom weeds, while my other ground got very weedy. The fact ia, the seeda of all foul weeds wora buried so deep, that there was no resurrection fór them. You may plow deep with any other plow aside frorn the treneh, aud thia objaot is not accoinplished, for all of the top sou is cot turned into the bottom of the furrow, and it loaros some of the weed seed ne r the surf'ace, anc! gives them a chance to come forth and make a vigoróos growth. By trench plowing your land in the Fall, you can plant your corn from a week to ten days earlijr than you can on land that has been prepared ín the Spring, aa you have only to give it a good eultivating before planting; thea the fall plowing will ttand drouth better than spring plowing. My experiments were tried on land wilh astiff clay subsoil within two feet of the surface. How the trench and fall plowing would work on other kinds of soil, I leave for other farmers to sav Lu idtiíw tgusi.


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