Wisconsin and its opportunities : illustrated by photographs taken in northern Wisconsin
Burch, L. D.
Northern Wisconsin: a natural sheep country, pp. -25 PDF (1.1 MB)
THE region visited lies about 350 miles north of Chicago, along T and tributary to the Wisconsin Central railway, and embraces an area of about 3,500 square miles, covering the counties of Price and Ash- land and contiguous portions of Bay- field and Iron counties. The great dis- trict forms as nearly AN IDEAL SHEEP COUNTRY as any the writer has seen in a quarter century of almost constant travel be- tween the great lakes and the snowy range and from Manitoba southward to middle Texas. It is for the most part high and gracefully undulating and from 600 to 2,000 feet above sea level. It is interspersed with occa- sional cedar, tamarack, spruce and gravelly loams, reddish or chocolate hued loams, and red clays. All of these soils abound in lime phosphate, lime carbonate, silica, alumina and other properties of value. They are warm, quick, porous, responsive soils, most of them intermixed with a fair measure of clay, and nearly every- where supplemented by siliceous clay subsoils. A better combination for sheep farming or mixed farming could scarcely be made up. They not only give THE WIDEST RANGE OF PRODUCTION known to husbandry, but are the most bountiful in yield, considering the widely varying products suited to their versatile nature. All of the grains, Sheep Feasting on Northern Wisconsin Clover black ash swamps, but these have nat- ural drainage, and their rich and inex- haustible vegetable soils have gener- ally a basis in siliceous clays and marls, and for productive uses are as rich and enduring as the valley of the Nile. Ninety per cent of the country is dry land, always available to the tread of the golden hoof. The soils of the uplands may be di- vided into three classes, viz., light grasses and vegetables of the middle latitudes grow here luxuriantly, as the present season's crop attests, even corn (though beyond the corn belt) making a surprising growth. I saw winter and spring wheat, oats, rye, peas, potatoes, turnips, mangels, cab- bage and garden plants and vegetables as fine as can be found in any of the older farm sections, and corn fields good for 40 and 50 bushels per acre. * COL. L. D. BURCH is editor of the American Sheep Breeder, and for years has been an authority among the sheep men of the United States. I
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