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Good Farming--rotation

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Morris Longstreth, in liis late address bcfore ihe Ánriculiural Associaiion in Montgomery Co., Pa., gives an interesting examle of successful farming, practiced by Jacob Sheimer, of Northainpton Co., on the banks Leigh. He adopted the system when a young man, and coniinued to practice it for (hirty-five years, wiih a constant improvement n iba quality of his land. The farm contained one hundred acres, and was divided as nearly as possible into ei;lit fields, of twelve and a half acres of eacli. Tlie whole was suiijecied to the following eight years' rotation : - 1. Fallow, manured, limed, and plovved three linies ; 2. Wheat, with clover ; 3. Clover, cui early, second erop plowed in; 4. Wheat, with clover ; 5. Clover, pastured, 2d erop plowed in; 6. Wheat; 6. Rye, wiih clover ; 7. Corn, on clover sod. The object was to introduce the wheat erop as often as the land would bear it which was three times in the eighi years. - A great many ivill regard this as too exhausting, but it will be observed that each erop is preceded by a good manuring, either of barn manura aid lime or ijreen clover. - li is probable that in less efficiënt hands, or with imperfect tnanuiing, the same successful result would not have attended ; but in ihis case, the excellence oflliis system was proved ly the produce of one seasou, which reached at hili as 1400 bushels of wheat (lïom three field j) üOO bushels of corn (from one field ;) and 300 bushels of Itye (from one field ;) or at the rate of 37 bushels ol wheat, 43 bushels of corn, and 24 bushels of