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But this conjoined happiness and progression demand the constant that a committee of three from each judicial dis. aids of augmenting knowledge. In your western migrations, you must bear with you, to plant on your new soil, the arts and sciences trict be appointed, to report the names of officers of and daily discoveries of the east, and thus will population and civ. the Society, and to recommend the place for holding ilization extend together to the shores of the wide Pacific. And among the branches of knowledge which you will most use.

the next Annual Fair. fully carry with you, those which relate to the arts of rural life, will, On motion of Mr. T. SMITH, the delegations above all others, contribute largely 10 the temporal welfare of your from each judicial district, were directed to select lo master and apply here ; and what is known in the Empire State, their respective members of the committee. ought, in like mamer, to diffuse itself hence over the vast dominions of your great confederacy.

The several district delegations then retired to se. 'Though I have considered it my duty, in conformity with your re-lect their committees, which duty having been perquest, to lay before you the observations I have put together in the formed, and the names reported, the nominations present address-it would be presumptuous iu me, after what I have seen in this show-yard, and in this city, 10 suppose that any thing I

were confirmed. could say, would materially hasten the progress of agriculture among you, or turn you into any better patlıs than those you have already present a resolution in accordance with instructions

Mr. PARDEE, before this committee, desired to in energy, and what you are capable of in action, let him come to from his county, urging that two fairs be held next Syracuse, and look around him. It was brought as an action against year—the State to be divided into two districts with that peace. It is the nobler praise of the great inodern Republic, reference to them. He stated that the county So. that you find a country desolaie, and cover it with people--a wilder ciety of Wayne had adopted this plan, and with ness, and you plant it with fertile farms-furnished with rare wig; great advantage, and desired to see the same thing great cities. Energy, discernment, coustructive talent and adminis- | by the State Society-and chiefly because the ten. irative skill, must all le united to accomplish such results, so rapidly, dency would be to keep up the interest in these fairs, you, that I might see all this, and might enjoy the gratification which by holding them every year both in the eastern and the sight of progress of such a kind imparis. It will be to me a western parts of this state. source of future satisfaction, if I shall be able, on reflection, to believe that my visit to your conntry has in any way contributed to

Mr. CHEEVER suggested that this could not be which is the surest support of nations, whether in the Old World or tution—and perhaps the assent of the Legislature. the further or more sate advancement among you of that pursuit, done without an alteration of the Society's consti. in the New

It would also be equivalent to dividing the Society

into two. But, in any event, it was a matter with New-York State Agricultural Society. which the committee just appointed had nothing to

do, unless the Society had the power thus to divide

itself, and should do so. If that was done, the com. Annual Meeting.

mittee should know it before acting. The New York State Ag. Society convened in the

Mr. PARDEE explained that the proposition was Assembly Chamber, at 12 o'clock on Wednesday, the not to divide the Society, or to have two organiza. 16th Jan., 1850—the President not having arrived, tions—but on the contrary, that its union should be on motion of B. P. JOHNSON, Esq., Hon. John P. continued, and that under one organization two fairs BEEKMAN, ex-president, was called to the chair.

should be held each year. B. P. JOHNSON, Esq., Secretary of the Society,

Gen. Veile moved a reference of the matter to read the annual report of the Executive Committee, the committee just appointed. detailing the operations of the Board for the past

Mr. SHERWOOD suggested a special committeeyear, which was listened to with great interest. it being a matter of considerablo interest at the Their labors have been, in every respect, eminently west. successful, and it is believed that the influence and

Mr. T. C. PETERS moved to lay the whole sub. usefulness of the society is rapidly extending, not ject on the table, which was agreed to. only over our own state, but to most of the other

Recess until 4 o'clock, P. M. states.

Four o'clock, P. M. The report, on motion of Mr. CHEEVER, was ac. Mr. Enos, of Madison, from the nominating cepted, and ordered to be embodied in the Transac. committee, reported the following persons as offi. tions of the Society.

cers of the Society for the present year, and they L. TUCKER, the Treasurer of the Society, read were unanimously agreed to, by ballot, by the Socie. his annual report, showing these general results:


President-E. P. PRENTICE, Albany.

Vice Presidents-AMEROSE ŠTEVENS, New-York; LEWIS G. Bal. in the treasury, Jan. 17, 1849.

$433 55 MORRIS, Westchester; ANTHONY VAN BERGEN, Greene; 2. C. Sale of mortgage given for money previously loaned,.. 2,000 00 PLATT, Clinton; J. B. BURNET, Onondaga; E.C. Frost, Chemung ; From the State Treasury,..

OLIVER Phelrs, Ontario; NELSON VAX Ness, Chautauque.
For memberships at annual meeting,
Interest on investments,...

Corresponding Secretary--B. P. Johnson.

Recording Secretary-J. McD. McIntyre. Temporary loan,

Treasurer--Luther Tucker. Receipis at State Fair at Syracuse,

8,144 55

Executive Committee-B. B. Kirtland, J. J. Viele, H. Wendell, John A. Taintor, Hartford, Conn., for extra prize ou Shecp,

A. Thompson, Henry Wager. Sundry other surns, amounting 10

72 50

The same committee, to whom was also referred

$12,674 44 the question of selecting a suitable place for hold. PAYMENTS. Debts of 1848,

$2,037 15 ing the next Cattle Show and Fair of the Society, Premiums,

4,397 66 reported in favor of holding it at Albany, if the ci. Salary and travelling expenses of the Secretary, and sala

tizens furnish funds sufficient to erect such build. ry of Messenger,

1,410 RS Expenses connected with the State Fair,

792 79 ings, &c., as the executive committee may require Repayment of loan,..

600 00 for the purpose of the Society. On account of Library and Museum-Repairs of Agricul. ral Rooms-Incidental Expenses, &c., &C.,...

1,334 66 Mr. BUTTERFIELD's resolution relative to holding

a four days' fair, was referred to the executive com.

10,573 14 Balance in Treasury, Jan. 16, 1850,

mittee. 2,101 30

A communication was then read from JAMES Cow. $12,674 44

DEN, Esq., American Consul at Glasgow, inform. On motion of Mr. Exos, the report was accepting the Society of a fair to be held in London, for ed, and ordered to be printed with the Transactions. the exhibition of the industry and arts of all nations,

On motion of Mr. T. C. Peters, it was ordered during the summer of 1851, and expressing the hope

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100 00


that American arts, manufactures, &c., &c., would eloquent address at the State Fair and for the able be well represented.

and interesting series of lectures recently delivered. Also, a resolution by Mr. JOHNSON, inviting the Mr. JOHNSON offered the following resolutions, agriculturists, manufacturers, mechanics, &c., to which were unanimously adopted: prepare for the exhibition, and offering the aid of Resolved, That the members of this Society cherish with deep rothe Society, so far as their powers extended, to fa. spect the memory of the late HENRY COLMAN-a gentleman loug

and well known for his active zeal in the cause of Agricultural imcilitate those who might be desirous of competing at provement, and especially for the many interesting and instructivo the exhibition.

effusions of his pen on the various branches of rural economy. Mr. Peters suggested that this Society send to the COLMAN in the painful bereavement they have sustained ; and that

Resolved, That we sincerely sympathize with the family of Mr. said fair all the various samples of Indian corn raised the Secretary forward to them a copy of these resolutions! in this country.

On motion, it was agreed that the Executive Com. Mr. BALDWIN hoped the Society would not con.

mittee meot at the Society's Rooms at 10 o'clock op fine itself to the samples of Indian corn raised in Friday morning. the country, but send other articles to this great The Society then adjourned. gathering of nations. He hoped, not only that ar.

AWARD OF PREMIUMS. ticles would be sent, but that the Society itself would be represented there. He spoke of thi

Essass.-Connection of Science with Agriculture--adapted to

Common Schools--Prof. Johu P. Norton, of Yale College, Conn., being the first meeting to which the mother country $100. had invited us, and trusted all parts of the Union,

History of Indian Corn--Chas. Lewis Flint, West Roxbury, Mass.

Silver Medal. especially the Empire State, might be well repre. FARMF.-E. S. Salisbury, Jefferson county-second premium, Silsented on this great and glorious occasion.

ver Cup, $30—3d. Helim Sutton, Seneca county, Trans. A motion was made to refer the subject to a se.

DAIRIES.-1. Horace Clapp, Houseville, Lewis County, Silver

Cup, 850–2. Jolin Holbert, Chemung, Silver Cup, $30. lect committee, but was subsequently withdrawn, BUTTER.--Horace Clapp, Lewis county, Joseph Cary, Albany, and the entiro matter, toge her with a resolution by John Holbert, Chemung, and Hector C. Tuthill, Cayuga county, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, recommending to the executive each a Silver Cup of the value of $15—2. Nouh Hitchcock, Homer,

Silver Cup, $10. committee to offer a premium of $100 on such arti. WINTER WHEAT.-Adam Clarke, West Dresden, Yates county, cle as takes a premium at said fair, was,

42 Lushels per acre, on 50 acres, $10. On motion of Mr. Foote, referred to the execu

J. J. Thomas, Macedon, Wayne county-experiment as to the ri

pening of wheat, $6. tive committee with power.

SPRING WHEAT.-Geo. R. Eells, Oneida county, 30 bushels per A communication was received from Dr. LEE, of acre, $15—2. H. B. Bartlett, Paris, Oneida county, 31 bushels per

acre, $10. the Washington Agricultural Rooms, in relation to

RYE.-- David Conrad, Brunswick, Rens. county, 36 bushels per distributing agricultural tracts. Referred to the acre, $15. executive committee.

INDIAN CORN.-1. E. R. Dix, Vernon, Oneida county, 83 bushels Mr. Peters offered a resolution, directing the per acre, $28.– 2. Peter Crispell

, Jr., Hurley, Ulster county, 80 bush. executive committee to ask of the Legislature, in C. W. Eells, Wm. Baker, Augustus Flint, for samples of seed addition to their annual appropriation, the sum of

corn, vol. Trans. to each.

BÁrley.-1. E. M. Bradley, Ontario county, 50} bushels per $250 for improving the library of the Society, and acre, $15—2. E. R. Dix, Vernon, Oncida coumy, 48 bushels per acre $150 for the Museum. Adopted.

$10—3. Benj. Enos, De Ruyter, Madisou county, 47 bush. per acre, Mr. Smith offered a resolution directing this So.

Oats-Peter Crispell, Jr., 90 bushels per acre, $15—2. E. M. Bradciety to memorialize Congress for the establishment ley, $10. of an Agricultural Bureau.

BUCKWHEAT.-1. Robert Eells. Oneida county, 33 bushels per

acre, 810-2. Wm. Baker, Lima, Livingston county, 29 bushels pes The resolution was ably sustained by Mr. Bald.

acre, $s. WIN, and adopted.

Peas.-E. S. Salisbury, 27 bushels per acre, $10. Mr. CHEEVER gave notice of a resolution to

Rapalje & Briggs, Rochester, for samples of seed peas, Trans.

Potatoes.-1. Best quality, H. B. Bartlett, 252 bushels per acre, amend the Constitution of the Society in such a (Carter's,) 815—C. W. Eells, 216 bushels per acre, $10–3. Nelson manner as to retain ex-officio Presidents of the So. Van Ness, Chautauque county, 218 bushels per acre, $5. Greatest ciety upon the executive committee.

quantity per acre, Niartin Springer, Brunswick, Rens. county, 316

bushels, $15. Aaron Killum, Mexico, Oswego county, 13 fine varieUpon this announcement of a notice, a protracted ties from seed, $10. debate sprung up, and was continued until the ad. Ruta BAGA.-Joseph Hastings, Rens. Co., 984 bush. per acre, $10

CARROTR.-1. E. Risley & Co., Fredonia, Chautauque county, 341 journment.

bushcls (60 lbs. per bush.) on half an acre, $8–2. Same $64 bushels, The Society again convened at the Capitol in the $6—3. L. B. Langworthy, Rochester, 575 bushels on half an acre,

$4. evening, and listened to an excellent lecture by

John S. Gould, Albany, for fine specimens of cauliflowers and Prof. JOHNSTON, on the connection of Chemistry squash, $3. with Practical Agriculture.

Fruits:- Apples.-J. C. Hubbard, Troy, Mich., Trans. and Tho

mas' Fruit Culturist. Thursday, Jan. 17.-The Society met at their

L. P. Grosvenor, Pomfret, Ct., Trans. and Downing's “ Fruits." Rooms, at 10 o'clock, when the reports of several R. H. Brown, Greece, Monroe county, Trans. committees were read, premiums paid, and a variety

J. H. Walis, Rochester, 'Trans.

J. D. Campbell, Rochester, Fruit Culturist. of other business transacted, -after which they ad. E. P. Prentice, Albany, Downing. journed to meet at the Capitol in the evening. H. A. Underhill, Macedon, Wayne county, Trans At half-past seven, the President, Hon. John A.

R. J. Pardee, Palınyra, Downing.

Hiram Foster, Palmyra, Fruit Culturist. King, called the meeting to order. After the read. Herman Wendell, Albany, Downing ing of some reports not previously made, the Pre. J. W. Bailey, Plattsburgh, Trans. sident delivered his valedictory address, which was

B. IIodge, Buffalo, Trans.

8. Morgan, Albany, Fruit Culturist. listened to with great interest; and at its conclusion Chas. Ross, Washington county, Trans. the President elect, E. P. PRENTICE, Esq., in a

Elwanger & Barry, Rochester, Trans.

Wm. Rogers, Wayne county, Downing. very appropriate manner, tendered the Society his Dennis Clark, Wayne county, Trans. thanks for the honor conferred upon him.

Robert Patterson, Perry, Wyoming county, Fruit Culturist Hon. J. P. BEEKMAN offered a rosolution tender.

J. J. Viele, Taoy, Fruit Culiurist.

Pears.-S. Miller, Rochester, Fruit Culturist. ing the thanks of the Society to Mr. King for his Grapes.-R.J. Pardee, Downing. able and instructive address.

Joseph Cary, Albany, Fruit Culturist. Also to the other officers of the Society for the able discharge of their duties during the past year. 7 If you would not be forgotten as soon as you

Mr. Cheever offered a resolution tendering the are dead, either write things worth reading, or do thanks of the Society to Prof. JOBXSTON for his something worth writing.


page 345.

Answers to Correspondents.

FISH FOR MANURE.-We believe it is considered best to make them into compost with peat or earth,

to be applied when decomposed. CANARY GRASS.-G. N., Hobart, Del. County,

PROUTY'S CENTRE DRAFT Plow.-A. B. P., N. Y. This grass will perfect its seed in this lati- Boone Grove, Ind. We have never heard of these tade. It is usually sown in drills, with a machine, plows being used in any soil where they did not work about one foot apart, requiring from sixteen to twen.

clean; and we are not aware of any objection to ty quarts per acre. It is an annual, and the seed their use in “the black, loose soil of the prairies." is sown at the same time of sowing spring grain,

Tiles FOR STRAWBERRY-BEDS.-J. I. K., Sing. and ripens nearly at the same time, or rather later? Şing, N. Y. The tiles about which you inquire, are The yield is from twenty to thirty bushels per acre.

described in our volume for 1845, page 128. We do The straw is eaten by cattle and horses.

not know of any establishment where they are made, Berkshire Hogs.-B. S., Greenwich, N. J. have them made at any brick-yard, and burnt in a

but it would be an easy matter to make a mould and There are no full blood Berkshires in this neighbor.

common kiln. hood, and we are unable to say whore they can be

CENTRIFUGAL WIND-MILL.-J. P., Cape Vin. had. Colza.-N., Bridgeton, N. J. We have heard

cent, N. Y. There is a mill of this kind, on a small of no experiment with this plant in this country. it answers for general purposes. Porhaps some of

scale, in uso in this vicinity. We cannot tell how If any one has tried it, we should like to know the our correspondents, who have more knowledge of results.

it, will inform us in regard to its operation. STUMP MACHINE.-J. F. C., Grand Rapids, Ice-Houses.-0. L. D., Portage county, Ohio. Mich. The description of the article to which you It is best to build an ice-house with a double partirefer, (Cultivator for 1846, p. 116,) evidently con. tion, the space to be filled with tan.bark, or some tains a mistake in regard to the length, which is non-conducting substance. The bottom should be there given as two feet." Wo regard it, howev. covered a foot deep with small blocks of wood, and er, as a matter of little consequence, as the cut over theso a covering of shavings. Some lay the ice gives a definite idea of the form of the article, and on the shavings-others lay a floor to receive the ico it is obvious that it should be of such dimensions as

over the shavings. The ice should be packed as will suit the size of the stumps. We have seen closely as possible. You will find a cut and des. such things used of various sizes. It is only stumps cription of the plan adopted by the great ice-mer. the roots of which are considerably decayed, that chants of Cambridge, Mass., in our volume for 1847, can be taken out in this way; but for such the contrivance answers well.

CHARCOAL AND LIME.-E. C. J., Campbell SEEDING LAND TO GRAS8.-S. W., North Easton, Court-House, Va. If your charcoal and lime are N. Y. On lands of medium dryness, we have used, mixed together, and the lime is slaked, you may use for one acro, eight pounds or four quarts red clover, with safety a bushel to each fruit tree of the size eight quarts timothy or herds grass, and from half a you mention. bushel to a bushel (according to its cleanness) of

WHEAT DRILL.-W. S., Lahaska, Pa. Tho

grain drills which are most distinguished, so far as THE WHITE SNOW-BIRD.-S. W. According to we know, are the following: Sherman's, made and Dr. DE KAY, this bird breeds mostly, high at the sold by J. W. Sherman, Ontario, Wayno Co.; Pal. north, along the coast of Labrador, but has been mer's, made by Fitch & Barry, Brockport; Graggs known to breed in Massachusetts and Maine. In & Reynolds', made by 0. Reynolds, Webster, Mon. winter it comes down from the north, and is some. roo Co.; Burrall's, made by T. D. Burrall, Geneva. times seen as far south as Maryland' and Virginia. Our acquaintance with the operation of these drills It feeds on the seeds of weeds and grassos, which it is not such as to enable us to say which is the best. finds above the snow.

Wo should be glad to hear from those who have tried Ohio MINERAL Paint.-A FARMER.

The sub. different kinds. stance of what we know in regard to this article,

ABOLITION OF BULL-FIGHTS IN SPAIN.-It is said was given in our last volume, page 379.

that measures are about to be taken by the Junta Food or Fowls.-L. B., Clayton, N. Y. Fowls General of Agriculture at Madrid, for the gradual should have a variety of food. Indian corn, barley: suppression of Bull-fights, in consequence of their buckwheat and wheat-screenings, may form the bulk prejudicial effects on the interests and morality of the of their food in winter ; but they should have some ani. country. It is calculated that 4000 horses annually mal food, such as butcher's offal, and pure green perish'in Spain upon the horns of the bull, and in a vegetable food, as cabbages and potatoes; and also country essentially agricultural like Spain, this conmineral matter, as lime, oyster-shells, bones, and tinued and cruel destruction of a useful animal, de. gravel.

prives those who dedicate themselves to the culture PLASTER.-C. H., Central Village, Ct. The of the soil, of a large amount of working power that qualities in plaster, to which its action as a fertili. might be applied to the augmentation of their pros. zer are attributable, are undoubtedly dissipated, in perity. The annual destruction of 1500 bulls in the some degree, by exposure to the weather, but with various fights celebrated throughout the Peninsula, that which has been kept in casks, as you describe, destroys the best working breeds, impairs the quality we should not think the loss was very great. of beef, impoverishes the milk markets, contributes

COLMAN'S EUROPEAN AGRICULTURE.-A. L., to the decadence of pastures and fields, and augments Gale's Ferry, Ct. This work is for sale by A. D. the price of butter and milk, which in civilised counPhelps, Boston, and also at this office. It is bound tries are counted amongst the necessaries of life. All in two volumes, price $3.

these considerations, and the fact that the people by Guano.–We believe the best success has attend. attending bull-fights acquire habits of brutality and ed the use of guano when sown just before a rain, ferocity, by becoming accustomed to scenes of bloodor applied in solution. The proper quantity is 200 shed, is likely to induce the government to attend to to 300 lbs. per acre.

the representations of the Junta of Agriculturo.

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DEVON BULL “MAJOR,” Bred by R. C. GAPPER, Thornhill, Canada, and owned by R. H. Van RENSSELAER, Butternuts, N. Y.



The farmer's Note-Book.

Ever since I manured my corn ground in the fall, I have never failed of a fair crop. This season I mado

80 bushels of ears to the acre, from 28 acres, being Mr. Van Rensselaer's Devon Bull “ Major."

all I plantod. Being disappointed of drain-tiles in (See Portrait on preceding page.)

the spring, I was prevented from planting as much This animal is at present the property of R. H.

as I intended.

As I sowed neither barley nor oats, I VAN RENSSELAER, Esq., of Batternuts, Otsego

say county, N. Y. He was bred by R. C. 'GAPPER, 1 dle about them. I find corn a more profitable crop

than either.

I havo

I am feeding cattle as usual. Esq., of Thornhill, near Toronto, Canada West,

40 steers now. and was exhibited by him at the show of the N. Y.

The feeding of cattle is becoming State Ag. Society at Syracuse, where he took the quite a business hereabouts. Three years ago, when first premium in the foreign class of Devons.

I commenced cattlo-feeding with 43 head, I could

not have found as many in ten miles around me. Major," (calved in 1842,) was by “ Billy," Now I can count 200. 'I think this mode of farm. dam " Beauty,” both imported by Mr. GAPPER, ing will ultimately improve our grain crops very from the stock of Mr. Darcy, of North Moulton, much, and where rightly conducted, will pay much Devonshire, England.

better for the coru, or even barley, than selling to " Major's is in every respect, one of the best bulls distillers and brewers, to be manufactured into a we have ever seen. His portrait, though generally poison to kill themselves or neighbors. true to the original, and highly creditable to the skill A word or two about draining. I notice what of the gentleman who made the drawing, as well as Mr. Cheever says* about draining. He thinks it to the engraver, is in no way flattered. He is, in rather startling that I should lay out 25 dollars per fact, just one of those animals, which, though rare, acre on draining; but if I had Mr. Cheever with are sometimes seen, whose points of excellence can. me on my farm for six months, I would convince him not be fully shown on paper or canvass. The has that it was the most profitable business a farmer great bulk, justness of proportion, and compactness can go at, in this part of the United States. He of body, short-jointed, clean, and strong limbs; giv. says, Mr. Johnston is a Scotchman; and that he ing a general form which confers constitution and Mr. Cheever,) "agrees with Professor Emmons, to endurance, with the greatest power of draft. It is some extent, that the system of draining practiced a form, also, which is fitted to carry the greatest in England and Scotland, should not be models weight of valuable flesh in proportion to the bone for us." It is true I am a Scotchman, and I and offal. He is a good 'handler; the skin is not will tell Mr. C. and Prof. E., that I have never thin and papery, nor rigid and unyielding, but with seen, either in Scotland or the United States, a re. sufficient substance to denot9 hardiness, has the mel. munerating crop of wheat, grown upon land that lowness and elasticity indicating thrift. The color was wet, or even very damp; and never saw such is cherry-red, with the orange-colored ring 'round land thoroughly drained in either country, (if a the eye and muzzle, characteristic of the true North wheat soil,) but it produced the very best crops; Devon.

and I have seldom seen wet or damp land produce a The distinguishing traits of the Devon breed of good crop of summer grain, even in this dry climate. cattle, were given at some length in our last vol. Wet or damp land, when under tillage, is much more ume, pp. 120, 121, 122.

affected by drouth than dry land, and dry land,

when in pasture, will put on much more beef or mut. Crops of 1849---Drainage.

ton (say fat) than wet or damp land.

I should like much to have Mr. C. and Prof. E. Eds. ColtivaTOR-Our hay crop was never bet. here, if it were only for one day, in May or Juno ter since I lived here, (28 years.) The rains in the I have a field of 23 acres now in wheat; the end of May and beginning of June, made both mea. wettest I drained last spring. The want of tiles dows and pastures where not over stocked, excellent. prevented me from draining all that was wet. Those Taking this county, (Seneca) as a whole, I think gentlemen would just see the difference in the piece there was an average crop of wheat. In the north that was formerly so wet that it would not raise over half of the county, there was considerable loss by half a crop, and that which is only a little wet, but the weevil or midge; but the south half of the coun: enough so to make a thin crop of wheat. As to ty was clear, or nearly so, of that insect. I had what Mr. C. says about the drains filling up on some 59} acres of land in wheat, from which I obtained soils, I do not agree with him. I have drained on an average of a fraction over 25 bushels per acre, different kinds of soil, and I have never had a stop. which is a tolerable crop in these times, but much page where the work was properly done. I am of. short of what I expected when it was sown. The ten asked — won't tho tiles sink, or will they not wire-worm cut off a 20 acre field very much in the fill up, in a few years?" fall, so much so that I intended to have plowed it

I took up about 20 rods of a drain last June, that up in spring; however, it recovered wonderfully, had been laid for ten years, in order to put in larger and gave at least from one-half to two-thirds of a Liles, as I was going to connect several other drains crop. From the severe drouth, our corn crop was a

with it; and I sent for my friend and neighbor, Mr. short one, although after the light showers early in Delafield, to see them taken up, as he had some mis. August, it recovered greatly, and all those farmers givings about sinking or filling up. He can now who worked their corn early, and continued work. say, that they were neither sunk, nor filled the least ing it, got much moro corn than they at one time particle; indeed no man could have told that they expected; but those who let the grass, weeds, and had been a day under ground, from the appearance Canada thistles master the corn, got nothing worth of the tiles. I have taken up sometimes tiles that husking. Some say they could not see what was the had been longer laid, and with the same result. One reason their corn was so poor, as they manured tho ly let the tiles be large enough, (or put more of land well before planting. I suppose they are not them into the main drain,) and there will seldom be aware that on our stiff soil, barn-yard manure does no good for the corn, if put on immediately before

* Reports of agricultural discussions at Albany, Transactions N. Y. planting; indeed, in a dry season, it does harm. I suase Ag. Socieiy, 1848, page 604.


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