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A Furrow Marker

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A íurrow maker is valnable to all lasses of farmers in every section of ihe country. The irrigated districts pb}uire fieid furrows 'in orde? to properly Üstribnte moisture. The prairie farmsrs need furrows te guíele in piaating uid cultivating. Where Jand is lerel, tnrrows are beneficial ia wet seasaaa lor drawing the surplus water from tb jrowing crops. In dry weatïrer thaj lame furrows retainwhat moistnr falht md distribute it by seepagjs1 indperoolation to the roots of the crup ín plata I ketween the f urrows. Furrwws f ac Uitat Ihe eultivation and harvestiarg f eropa. A.S every fjrmer must have more ar fess lurrowiug, the best, easiest and e&eapst methods of making are. aiwaya lought. Au oíd backwcods ■vFBsteni farmer fia liBcovered what be thinks is a model uethod for making: forrow atad tittet ivriter in The Irrigatiois.èe U-lis zïxmt. it. All the crops of tL bacirrods farmer are rolled after plaitóamj, and s Irrigation is required.Me mnst liaonsdi ïribntory furrows. These are made 1 1 having a furrow attacfiminí! Trcni tí roller. His roller is made of woodL .■ big cottonwood log ten feet in lengt tvas hewn down to make 4fos mllei Three feet from either emï fitBwfag ha left the log f uil size and; alïapped doma, lloping on either side-, Ieayiiig:tfieeitn6 lap probably three inchea wide on tb Hitside. The mairt body ofisüenjilwÏB probably six inche löwec tüan? öresO rings of timber. In driving aver the plantod field the roller fovels theËmd nd the rims of timber; ent ïn. anti anal Ihe furrows. To prevent the pieces of woed fitnn ! breaking off the entire rim was covaiwl svith an old wagon tire anóí gpiforS wítb 20-penny wire nails. Siraigïifc fer rows can be made as easily witb the roller as with auy otlier two horseimplement. The driver sits in the center In a spring seat and has nert&ing to tvatch bnt the conrse of the roller. This cnethod could be nsed ou rollers aak made of log.s just as well. irán bands (vould answer the purpose if tüey wera large enotigli and properly jrat npaa tita roller. A Gooit Farm Cíate-. A correspondent in The Curmïcfo ives directions for makrtig a fíght, ïtrong, eheap gate. He saysr For a gate 4 feet higband 12" feet long there are required sevea pieoea of ber 1 by 3 by 12, and one picce 2 bj 3 by 4, the latter to jvceixe thj liinges. I use the ordinary hooit andeyi hinges made by the blacksmitb. In mals ing the gate I cut three pieces 1 lïfSby i and lay iipou them four pxece of 3 by 3 by 12, one foot apart ïir the cfesr, taking care to get the center uprigb6actly in the middle. I put one nao ïns each crossing and turn the gate ver and cut two braces to come toget&erm the middle, as showr in the ent. Th gate should be made perfectly sqoanoand the braoes cut to fit exactly. IC they do not fit exactly, the gate wilS soon begin to sag. Then, placing tfie 2 by 3 by 4 at the end whicfa is to receivo the hinges, I lay uprights 1 by 3 by 4 exactly opposite those already fn place, naü with four wire nails at eacb eroasing and clinch. I then tum and ptrt in, one additional nail from the otlier aïde and hang the gate. A latcb. is easily made, as shown in the out, The Cora Shredder-, Last season's experience with cana shredders and huskers has cteveloped several objectionable features, the most eerious being that they are too expensrvO and that thefodder too f requently roolds when baled or stored in mows. American Agriculturist in thia eonnectioa says: The first wil] gradually disappear. As the machines become more generally introduced and Tised the first cost will be less, and competition ainonsi awneis will necessitate a reduction of charges Eor work by the acre. The matter oí knowing to keep the fodderproperly is more sfrious,. and experience alone 3an determine the best method of stor ing. That it can be kept hardly admits of doubt. The problem is certainly nofe more difficult than that of determining just how dry hay must be befoie ít can be put into the stack or bam. A Httle patienoe and a few trials will elear np the lack of knowledge on this point. It certainly will be unwise to disconrsgo the use of the shredder because a few farmers have not been entirely snccessful With it. While some have faiiecj, many have been pleased with results and find the shredded fodder excellent feed for horses, cattle and sheep. : Harnsting SuntTower;. AIlo the seed to become as ripe a& possible, but not far enough aloog for Bhattering. The best method of autting is that employed in topping aorgEnin for molasses making. Seiae the aun flower stalk near the top and eat off 13 or 2 f eet from the head. Lay heads in heaps and afterward convey ta opent sheds, where they must not & nüetf, for heating will result. SpreacT out ca the floor or on racks. If the weatümri ?ery dry during the harvest seasonr, the lieads iiiay be dried in the open field but it is rather risky. When the ieaq jre perfectly dry, the seed is, renmvei ay whipping over a fixeel pofe placei ïorizontally, or heatiug out with Saii. ïun the seed through a fanning; mili ind store as other sceds.


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