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1915 Excerpt: ...of fertility. The method of disposing of half the
corn and all the rye is such that it builds up the soil rapidly,
and the labor saved in allowing the hogs to harvest these crops and
a great part of the clover is a very important advantage over the
ordinary system. THE RYE CROP. One of the very distinctive features
of this farm system is the rye crop and the part it plays in the
general details of management. There is no other crop that will fit
in so well as rye and none that will take its place in carrying out
this system in its most desirable form in the corn belt. In the
first place it is a fall grain, which is absolutely necessary in
order to get the most desirable distribution of labor. Wheat might
fill this requirement, but there are many features about wheat that
make it very much less desirable for this purpose than rye. Wheat
is less certain to yield a good crop, and rye can be sown much
later in the fall, if necessary, with greater assurance of success.
Wheat can be hogged down in small acreages as well as rye, provided
it is eaten quickly, before it has time to waste. The straw of
wheat will break near the ground and allow the grain to he flat on
the ground, whereas rye straw breaks higher up and near the heads
and thus keeps the grain off the soil, preventing it from rotting
before the hogs have had time to gather it. When allowed to stand
after it is ripe, wheat will shatter out, while rye will be
retained in the heads until very late in the fall or early winter.
There is some objection to rye when used as outlined in this system
in the dry regions of the West, on account of the grain remaining
so hard that the hogs will not eat it, and, therefore, wheat for
such sections is more desirable for hogging down than rye. But in
the corn belt there ...
|Country of origin:
United States Department of Agriculture
• United States. - Dept. of Agriculture.
||246 x 189 x 10mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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