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Manuring Wheat In Winter

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I have sown a field of wheat which I was unable to get manured, and I propose to haul out manure this winter when the ground is frozen aud spread it on the aurface. As some people are ojiposed to this plan I would like to have the views of some of your farmer readers on the subject.- [J. C. Corn. C0M1ÍENTS BY THE IION. GEO. GEDDES. The beat time to apply manure to wheat is when it is sown, spreading the manure on the furrows after the ground has been plowed the last time previous to sowiug the wheat. Harrow this manure into the surface soil and drill in the wheat, and in the drilling the surface soil and manure will be still more mixed. The more the manure is rotted and the finer it is, the better. A moderate quantity of wellrotted manure applied in this way will go far to make the erop secure against all dangers, if previous cultivation and other matters are favorable. But the inquiry before me is, willit be wise, havingfailed to make the application when the wheat was sown, " to haul out manure in the Wintwr when the ground is frozen and spread it on the surface ? " Certainly it will be wise to do this if the manure is not laid on too thick so as to smother the young wheat. The only danger in this mode of applying manure is the smothering of the wheat. Quite likely the manure that the inquirer intends to apply is not yet made, and he may desire to draw directly iroui his stables to the field, lu this way he will lay out the minimum of labor, and if hu is careful to spread his manure evenly, and very little in a place, he will receive the greatest possible benefit from it. For the manure will in the earry Spring begin its good work, while his neighbors', perhaps, will be lying idle in piles in their barn yards, and when the wheat erop has been taken off the ground the manure will be in just the best place for it, to do the greatest good to the grasses that should always be sown with or on the wheat. It is not my custom to apply Winter cleanings of the stables ai,d sheds to wheat but rather to pasture fields, as I desire to produce the greatest possible growth of grass, and the work of spreading the manure on the grass is muoh less than is required on the wheat. The wheut being a plant easily killed by smothering, while the common grasees ot the pasture fields will bear a heavy dressing of raw, unrotted, barn-yard, or stable manure, one more suggestion is proper. Having drawn, duiing the Winter, iïesh manure and spread it as evenly as possibleat the time of its application, go the uext Spring and spread and reduce every iump, and free every place that"by reason ot too much manure may be in danger of iniury by smothurine:. In the management of a well-systematized farm there will be some manure that cannot well be drawft to the fields in the Winter as it is made, and this part of the stock may be piled in the yards, and by being "turned" about the first of' July will be in fine condition to draw to the wheat fields, and be applied iu proper quantities on the poorer places, and especially on slopes of side "huls that face the prevailing winds. Manure thus applied does the wheat much more good thau would the same quantity applied on the frozen ground of the following Winter. And by piling it in early Spring the bulk is so much reduced that the labor required to draw to the field is very inuch lessened, and thus we have some compensation for the labor of piling, and for the loss of time in rooeiving back our pay. But having no rotted manure to apply when tho wheat is sown, I have no hesitation in advising the applioation of even raw, unrotted manure as it is made during the Winter, beiug careful to observe the caution of not applying it so thick as to guaothsr th young wheat.


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