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ther for planting. Seed-time in agriculture once lost cannot be retrieved.
When the corn is put into the box, (see plate] it is taken up by the cups and dropped into the hopper, it then runs down the pipes to where the coulter opens the land, when the soil closes after the coulter, and the seed is thus deposited below the surface.
NORFOLK QUARTERLY REPORT.
We have had a tolerably fine open quarter; not over mild, certainly; but still unattended with any of that excessive and premature severity, by which the last winter was distinguished.
Wheat sowing was generally finished under favourable circumstances ; and the vegetation of the young plant has been regular, and is now looking very flourishing. We have had no very heavy downfall in any shape, to impede the usual routine of farm culture. Turnips are almost universally a good crop, though early sown white have suffered from mildew, That valuable stock, the Swedish, has increased and is increasing in this county; and the growers are pretty generally engaged in the work of drawing and storing the earlier sown ones.
The same with regard to beet, which is also gaining ground with us, and most deservedly so; for what can equal it as a spring food ? Young layers promise well. The season was peculiarly favourable to the germination of the seed; and accordingly, to all appearance, there will be no lack of either hay or feed in the ensuing spring and summer.
Our corn markets have been tolerably steady, and fully as well supplied as was anticipated. The quality, perhaps, of no kind of grain, inay be said to equal that of last year; and yet it is better than we expected, particularly Barley, which works well; though for the most part inferior in weight to those we have been accustomed to of late years. Wheats 24s. to 28s. Barleys 14s. to 16s. per coomb of four imperial bushels, and other grain in proportion.
There is no want of employment throughout our district; and thanks to the new poor-law, no discontent, either amongst the labouring classes or their employers. The more this measure is examined, and the wider it is extended, the better will it be approved of by the country. The opposition to it is, even now, the exception—the approval, the rule. It is a marvellous measure; and marvellous is the change it has already accomplished. The money saving is but a minor advantage, compared with the reformation it has wrought in the habits and morals of the quondam recipients of parochial bounty.
Dec. 18, 1837.
Mr. Kay, of the Shiphaugh Farm, near Stirling, commenced cutting grass on April 25, which turned out a tolerably good swathe. The field consists of nearly two acres of clayey loam, which was sown down on July 11, 1836, with the following mixture : Italian rye.grass, perennial rye-grass, Timothy grass, meadow foxtail, white and red clover, and cow-grass. The Italian rye-grass, in the meantime, is far a-head of the others, and confirms the opinion we had previously formed of this newly introduced grass, that there is no agricultural plant better adapted to come in after the turnip season, as early green food for cattle. When cultivated for this purpose, it should be sown in autumn, along with trifolium incarnatum (crimson trefoil), which keeps pace with the Italian rye-grass in early and vigorous vegetation.-Stirling 0b
END OF FIRST VOLUME.
Extracts from the Diary of a late Emi.
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Norfolk Quarterly Report, 123,254,501
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Percival, Mr., on the Epidemics of
of the, 111.
Taylor, Mr. S., on the Manufacture of
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Agriculture, 39on the Hop Plant,
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Remarks on Mr. Donaldson's Observa.
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Wheat, on the Varieties, Properties,
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Yelloly, Dr., on Spade Husbandry and
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