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The Michigan system of agriculture relies for its maintenance upon a rotation of crops, the growing of cloyer, the feeding of stock, and the application of harnyard manure. The use of artificial manures will never come in fashion to any great extent for the simple reason that piaster applied to clover is much cheaper and easier, It is an established f act that a sod well manured and turned under is the best foundation for a erop of corn. Corn is more and more a favorite erop as it f urnishes the best kind of food for forage. The rotation which is coming into great popularity is corn i'lanted on a richly manured sod turned under; the second year spring crops such as oats, barley, roots, peas, beans, or other erop that ripens early to allow of the land being plowed and seeded to wheat; third year wheat with clover and tinlothy - wheat being the money erop; fourth year clover and timothy hay, pastured in the f all ; fit' th year, pastured, making ready for corn again. Thus the summer fallow is discounted and left out. Such a rotation is sure to keep up the land. It is now the best practice to f eed off the clover and plow under the sod. This system gives plenty of room for all kinds of crops and for keeping all kinds of stock. The farmer wants a few dairy cows, a few swine, a flrstclass flock of sheep, teams for farm work and domestic fowls. A few animáis should be led and fattened each year. It shoulcl be a point to feed off all the coarse grains and coarse fodder - such as wheat and oat straw, cornstalks and hay, oats and corn, and and all the wheat bran that can be profitably fed. With such a system of rotation ; with such a sod plowed under every flfth year; with all the barnyard manure and ashes that can be applied to the farm that can be made from such a lot of coarse grain is impossible for the farm to run down. It must increase in


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