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To the Editor if IIpc .,i…



FIGRiA GRASS. Extract frem Dr. iliclvardsosi's Annual Statement oil Fiorin Crops, in a letter to {he Editor oi the Farmers Journal, dated Mey, (Ireland), ept. 11, 1814. •' I have brought the subject tif FiorinGrass before 'he world, and have received some very flattering' aJienlion: Um valuable grass has not hade the progress (at lead in England) as I couM have washed; still, however, it has been sufficiently" noticed to do me honour. I shall therefore, annually, lay the progress its culture is making heforu the world, and give oportlJmty to iiose who wish to press its cul fure farther. So tind where information of success may be obiained, by inspection of its iiTjmense ciops while vet standing. h it 18 IIOW about Ollie years sitice I laid down my tint Fiorin crop » rood, of myeiglit crop is now standing at Clonfccie; another of my seventh; and larger portionsof every sub- sequent yeai's crop, to the amount m alf of twenty-one acres •. these are ail, a41 his luomenf in full crop; and shall remain uncut and entire for some weeks, '>P' U to inspection white a few acres (some of the best) snaii remain un cut tiii March; and from.the 1st of October, until the 1st of March, the process of hay- making, shall invariably he going oil, and the scythe at woik, as otlen as called foi. Through October my mam crop shall be cut, and saved soon, and with ease, be the weather what it may: from November 1st, utit.1 February 25th, 1 n ow rather for brava do, and to shew powers and facilities; but from February 25 ii, to March 10th. 1 mow for use, a valuable crop of some acres, and find this deia. highly prudent. I commenced from ignorance of ii,alid the convenience of co,d ¡gully, "íHI Ii;.çht upland g;nlllllJ. whef( (iiiii ilie crops lighter, and the weeds more obtrusive tluii iu deeper loam, or well drained luoor; and late in June, I had determined to br nk up six or seven acres, upon which weeds aud other grasses seemed to liress too ititicti but when 1 returned home aud viewed my n>eadows u September last, I found the late paroxysm of Fiorin vegetation had been so p,l.i e,-ful, hat if would be imprudent to break u!) any one acre I had ever laid down with Fio n., and L probably never shall. It is true a !<- ■» of my crops are mixed, and somewhat an t rated by clovers, vetches, and olhe; gras s but still my worst acres I know wil leash five tons of dry hay Eii the Boglish acre, 1 whiltioihcrs of my old crops will reacii six or seven. Four years ago, satisfied of the great va- lue of Fiorin, I broke up all my old and deeper meadows: having also acquired more skill, they were better managed, and here it is I have my richest crops I last year passed ten tons dry hay, in one favourite place, and ap- proached it very near in another while this year my crops seem so far superior, that J have no doubt I shall average teu tons per acre on five or six acres. I can laugh both at profound wisdom and obstinate incredulity but it grieves me to see, by their operation, your country.' depriv edof theollly eetable adapted by nature to spread luxuriant crops over its now barren and desohite tracts. Look to the million acres ot healthy moor spread over the North of Eng- lairti; how many of these could instantly be thrown into "Fiorin meadow, equal to Mr M'Naghtou's, many of which were laid down on peaty moor, with no other manure but their own ashes. Look to the Fens, in Lin- coli)sliire, Bedft)rdsliire, and Cambridgeshire, much improved of late, and brought now to bear crops of oats. try the value of a crop of sloamy oats, profuse in straw, light in meal, and procured by annual labour, with the na- tural, and what, if fostered, would be the spontaneous produce of the soil-sevcn, eight, and nine tons per acre of superlative F-orin hay, produced every year without breaking up, and only slightly aided by the mauure of the spot."

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