CORNELL READING-COURSE NO. 2.
FOR FARMERS. DECEMBER, 1902.
By L. H. BAILEY.
These questions constitute a supplement to Reading Lesson No. 2
(" Tillage and under drainage: reasons why"). The purpose is
to induce the reader to think carefully about what he reads. Answer
the questions as best you can and return this sheet to us (2 cents post-
age). We want these answers in order that we may know what inter-
est you are taking in the Reading- Course and how much good you are
getting from it; and we want to help you when you do not under-
stand the problems involved. We are after results, and do not care
about the hand-writing nor the grammar. These answers are for
our own examination and are not to be made public. We should
be glad of any.comments on these lessons.
It is hoped that readers will form themselves into little clubs, to
meet once or twice a month to discuss the problems raised by the
Those who answer the questions will receive future lessons.
i. (a) What proportion of farmers in your neighborhood
really study tillage questions? (b) What is your soil ?
2. How is farming to be made to pay,-by getting higher
prices or by cheapening cost of production ?
3. Do you expect permanently higher prices for farm produce ?
4. Do you set a certain yield before your mind when you are
preparing for a crop? Or do you expect to be content with what
5. An inch of rainfall weighs about I13 tons to the acre.
About 300 tons of water is required to produce one ton of dry
matter. Do you have rainfall enough in June, July and August
,to maintain a heavy crop of Indian corn or cabbage?
6. 'Does surface tillage make soil moist, or keep it moist.?
7. Why does deep fall-plowing make soils "warm" or
"early in spring?
8. What proportion of farmers in your vicinity practice
SHow many of the farms need nder-drainage
9. How many of the farms need under-drainage ?
xo. How deep and how far apart would you lay under-drains
ii. Do the farmers of your neighborhood have enough differ-
ent kinds of tools to enable them to till their land cheaply and
S12. How many different kinds of tillage tools should a man
have to farm it properly if he has ioo acres devoted to general
farming, of which half is clay and half sandy soil?
13. How often would you till a field of corn or potatoes?
14. Why do you till your corn or potatoes? Are weeds the
leading problem in your mind ?
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