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The Farm

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Capital invested in a farm and ïnanaged with skill is more generally rewarded than iny other investment a man can make. ín parts of Indiana where farmers six weeks ago were preparing to plow up their Winter wheat, the erop now promises a full average. The same is the experience of farmers in man y other States. A man of good health, good judgment, frugal habits, industrious and persevering, and with a family to match, may engage in farming at any time and in any place with a prospect of al most certain success. ltecent sliipments ofhoney f rom California to üreat liritain liave been received with great favor. An English order recently received calis for 58,000 poimd car.s. Those who keep bees in favorable localities and who understand their business, íind tliem a paying investment. Their product is not perishable and can wait its time for sale. It is reported tliat the largest hog in the country is a Poland-China, four years oíd this Spring, lately on exhibition at Jnnction city, Kansas. Ilis length is 7 feet; girth of neck, 6J feet; girth of chest, 7J feet; girth of center, 8 feet; width across the hip,30 inches, and weight, 1532 pounds. One of the reasons why we earth up potatoes is to cover those tubers which grow near tile surf ace. Some kinds throw out the tubers much lower than others. Tubors exposed to the weather are spoiled for all purposes of cooking, although as seed they are not at all injured. Wekdsas Hobbeiis. - As persistent robbers, weeds have no equal. It is for this reason that a war of extermination should be declared on the cockleburr, horse nettle, Canada Thistle, burdock, yellow doek, wild morning glories, etc. Speed the plow, cultivator and hoe! Down with the weeds! Hot weather suits the young corn plant, and so corn grows fastest when the sun is warmest, if other conditions are favorable. The feeding roots incline for this reason to keep in the upper four or five inches of soil. Deep plowing and deep burying of manure or l'ertili.ers are therefore not conductive to the growth of the corn plant. Deep stirring of the soil, with plows that do not invert the soil, is not objectionable and may be beneficia!. During the last seasou the Kansas State Agricultural College kept au exact account of the cost of raising corn, Winter wheat, oats and millet, and gives the following as the result: Corn, 221 acres produced 47 bushels per acre, at a cost of fourteen cents per bushel; wheat, 17 acres produced 17 bushels per acre, costing about 54 cents per bushel. According to this statement i t costs more to cultivate anacre of wheat than an acre of corn; 47 bushels of corn at 14 cents per bushel, aggregates$(3.58 which represents the costof cultivating anacre of corn, while 17 bushels of wheat at a cost of 54 cents per bushel, amounts to $9.18, the total cost of cultivating an acre of wheat. Oats, 16 acres yielding 20 bushels per acre, cost 23 cents per busbel, or a cost of $4.60 per acre. It would appear from this that it costs just about doublé to cultivate an acre of wheat than it does for an acre of oats.


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Ann Arbor Democrat