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Dry-Farming

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Author: John A. Widtsoe
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 74,910 / 230 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.4
LoC Category: S
Downloads: 1,700
mnybks.net#: 7455
Origin: gutenberg.org
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ared probable therefore, that in arid countries the amount of water required for the production of one pound of dry matter would be higher than in the humid regions of Germany and Wisconsin. To secure information on this subject, Widtsoe and Merrill undertook, in 1900, a series of experiments in Utah, which were conducted upon the plan of the earlier experimenters. An average statement of the results of six years' experimentation is given in the subjoined table, showing the number of pounds of water required for one pound of dry matter on fertile soils:--

Wheat 1048
Corn 589
Peas 1118
Sugar Beets 630


These Utah findings support strongly the doctrine that the amount of water required for the production of each pound of dry matter is very much larger under arid conditions, as in Utah, than under humid conditions, as in Germany or Wisconsin. It must be observed, however, that in all of these experiments the plants were supplied with water in a somewhat wasteful manner; that is, they

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