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Preparing For Planting In Season

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A inajority of tho farmers of the Wast, in their oagernoss to get ready to plant cora, sometinies noglect othor planting of fully as rauch importantie as a few acres, moro or less, as corn. We mean potatoes. It ia quite usual to leave this erop until the oorn is plantod, when, in fact, after the oats are sown, potatoes are tho first erop that should engago our attention. In fact, the niOBt succossful cultivators of this erop, whether for market or faraily , use, plant as eoon in the spring as tho soil is in proper condition for working. If left until the corn is planted, then they should be left until about, or just before, the time buckwheat is usually sown, since we seldom get a full erop of this tuber planted at suoh time as will bring the ripening during the latter part of August or tirst of September. This will be tho caso with all the early varietios in good repute, and if Peachblows are planted after the corn is in, they will not ripen perfoctly, one yoar with another, in those regions best adapted to their grovvth. If Early Rose are planted as soon in the spring as tho ground may be properly worked, they will mature a good erop before the extreme drouths of August occur. If planted tho middle of June to tho lOth of July, aocording to the latitude, they will usually mature a fair erop in the falï, and, in this case, they remain in good condition for use until well into the spring. Their fair average quality and uniformity in producing fair orops on a varioty of soils have made thein universal favorites, and so they will remain until something better is found. In this counection, we would again urge, as we havo often heretofore urged, the neoessity of planting the great staple of the West, corn, as early as possible ; for a start, onoe gained in the spring, is kept up all through tho season. Very often the first planting germinates freely, and subsequent plantings do not. If weeds start before the oom, the harrow will keep them down without injury to the corn in the ground. As soon as the oorn is found to be sprouting, the land should be harrowed. In any event, it is better than any subsequent cultivation. And this puts us in mind of a little story. Án exhorter living on a rockbound coast whero vessels were often cast ashore, used to combine wrecking with preaching. One day during service, the cry was raised, " A wreek !" Immediately all rose to their feet. " Wait, bjethren," aaid he, "for a last word." That said, he carne down from the pulpit, and, making headway down the aisle, he added : " ÏTow, boys, we nhall all have a fair Btart." So with corn that is well harrowed. It certainly gets a fair start with the weeds. - Westurn Rural.


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