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Ashes And Salt For Growing Wheat

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AU farmers who have growing wheat should avail theuiselves ot' the opportunities oflfered in the leisure days of winter, to top dress tho wheat land with these substances. Ashes, frora the contuined' potash, afford a moro valuable fertilizer, not only as direct food tbr the wheat plant, bui also for their solvent oft'ect upon some constituents in the soil. They are also eftvetual destroying the germ of smiit that was sown. with the grain ; for smut is but a fungus growth, diininutive form, that adheres to thé grain of wheat, and its growth is analogous to that of other Tegetable formR more apparent to the eye. We take it for grauted that no good farmer has sown his wheat without soaking the seed in blae stone or strong brine, both of which are effectual in destroying the germ of smut ; but if this were neglected by any, the top dressing with ashes will supplv the place of those preventives. Eigtft to ten bushels of unleached ashes should Te applied per acre, and more would be still botter. This home fertilizer is genf-rally accumulated rapidly on every farm duriug the winter, and is too often loft to wastet'ul exposure to the raius of winter. Leacïted ashes aro also oí much importanceas-they corctain salts highly conducivo to plant growth. The agricultaral world has never yet eettled the qpestion as .o the value of common salt as a fertilizer ; but any farmer who will apply to his growing wheat art rate of at ïeast fif ty pounds and not over ono hundred pounds per acre, can determine the question for himseli when, toward the time of barvest, he pereeives the thriftinoss of the etraw. the plurapness of the grai, aad the greatly iucreased yield over that of aay portiou ot" the field that was not treated with salt. There is danger in the use of salt in excessivo (juantities as a fortilizer and therefore we fix the precautionary limit of not over 100 pounds per acre. Tb.o price of salt does nat place it beyond ;eouomic;tl use as a fertilizer, as in almost all sections of the oidor States, the quantity judiciously applied to an acre onn be purchased at from sixty cents to a tlollar and a quarter. Hult is not only stimulating to the jrrowth and effective in the yield of wheat, but produces ear liei maturity of the erop, thus ffording 'aroavenuB of escape f rom that other malady of the wheatplánt, rust on the stem and blad'e, froni which our wheat crops in the south are in greater peril thau froni smut. Rust is generally au aliuost compiete Blight, whilo smut is usually but damaging to the quality of the orop produced.-


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