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Henry, W. A. (William Arnon), 1850-1932 / Amber cane in Wisconsin : a circular from the Agricultural Department of the state university

Experiments in growing amber cane,   p. 11 PDF (269.9 KB)

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Have half a ton of cane put through each crusher on exhibi-
tion and report the number of gallons of juice expressed.
   The Madison manufactory, which is the only firm in the
 state making mills, I believe, has generously given a crusher
 for use by the department, and we feel that we have as
 good a mill as is now in the market.
   At the meeting of State Cane-Growers' Association held
 at Fond du Lac last January, I was impressed with the con-
 flicting stAtements which were made as to the soil best
 adapted to cane-growving, and the influence of manure on
 the quantity and quality of the syrup. After trying in vain
 to tabulate the reports and attain something like'uniformity,
 the attempt was given up as useless, and it was agreed that
 those interested should conduct a series of experiments to
 settle these doubtful points. The directions for these ex-
 periments were to emanate from the Agricultural Depart-
 ment of the State University, and as many persons as pos-
 sible induced to help perform them. Although the atten-
 tion of the farmers has not been called to this experiment
 as it should have been, nevertheless fortv-three have in-
 formed me, either personally or by letter, that they would
 aid in this movement. It is urged that others join' in this
 movement and help in settling questions which must wait
 for answer until just this kind of work is done.
   I ask, then, that each farmer who expects to grow cane
the coming season, study the directions for the experiments
as here given, and if he is willing to follow them, to send
me his name at once, so that I mav know how many are
working in this line, and can record their names for refer-
ence in case it is desirable to send additional instructions or
modifications of those given below.
  Here is an opportunity for our farmers joining with the
University Experimental Farm in work for the advance-
ment of Agriculture in Wisconsin, and I urge that our
cause fail not through lack of adherents.
  Select in the field where cane is to be planted three plots
of ground, each containing not less than ten square rods
and lying side by side. The ground should be as uniform
as possible in its composition and fertility. Do not select
soil where one end of the plot is sand and the other loam
or clay. No matter which it is, but have it all of one char-
acter. Have the plots if possible long and narrow, say one
rod by ten, or two bv twenty, etc. The plots should lie

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