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FATTENING THE! HAY CROP. -I

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FATTENING THE! HAY CROP. Mr Ernest Parke records the results of his seventh years' experience in the im- provement of poor grass land on his farm at Kineton, in Warwickshire. The un- manured portions of his fields continue to give small yields of poor hay—about lOcwt. to 12cwt. per acre. In one field the portion annually dressed with super- phosphate alone (3cwt. per acre) has this year yielded 28cwt. of hay per acre, and 2 the portion dressed with nitrate of soda, alone (liewt. per acre) has given 27cwt. 2 per acre. Where both fertilisers are used together the yield has been 34cwt. of hay per acre—an increase, of 232-cwt. over the 2 natural yield of the land in return for an outlay of less than 25s. On another field where, owing to difference in soil, Dr. Dyer, who acts as Mr Parke's adviser, considers basic slag more suitable than superphosphate, very similar results are recorded. The natural yield of hay was 2 12cwt. per acre. Basic slag alone (5cwt. per acre) gave 30 cwt. of hay and 2 nitrate of soda alone (lcvyt. per acre) gave 2 28-J,-cwt. while basic slag and nitrate of soda together gave, 36^-cwt., being an in- 2 crease, of 24cwt. of hay per acre over the unmanured plot in return for an outlay of under 30s. The average increase in yield from phosphatic and nitrogenous manure together on both fields over the seven years has been over 1 ton of 2 hay per acre, but the hay crop in Warwickshire, generally has been lighter than usual this year. Mr Parke, considers that the quality of the herbage, is best on the land receiving the mixed dressings, and the appearance of the manured and unmanured land, all of which is alike grazed during the autumn, affords during any time of year a striking contrast. ° -i"¡>

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COLWYN BAY PETTY SESSIONS.