Wisconsin State Agricultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, including the proceedings of the state agricultural convention held in February, 1885, together with other practical papers
Vol. XXIII (1885)
Barry, A. C.
The agricultural outlook, pp. 229-273
DiscussioN. 257 0 desire to say, in saying. that I thought popular instruction aind investigation had been carried far enough, I said I was in favor of experiment farms and experiment stations, of the application of chemistry, of the investigations of botany, in regrard to the products of the farm. I n'rmly believe that in the experiment farms which have been established in all other States that that partieula ' r line of progress has been earried far enough, as f ar as usef ul and proper, but I ex- pressly said I am in favor of continuing those experiments, but I do not expeet, and I - believe whoever does expeet it will live to be disappoinied, to have this agricultural prog- ress derived from instruction in school. As the popula- tion of the country becomes more dense, people are earried forward by their own energies and own interests to better processes and methods of eultivation, and larger production of the soil., and that is to be the course of progress, I think, in my opinion. My friend says, he does not understand that any agricultural college established under the land -grant, except those conneeted with universities, have been failures. I ask my friend if he is familiar with the agriculture. col- lege and farm of Illinois. It has always been a separate in- stitution, on a large farm, with a large corps of -teachers, and, so far as I can learn, it has been confessedly a signal failure in attempting to instruct the youth of Illinois in the knowledge of the prineiples of agriculture. Mr. S* ith - Is that an agricultural college or a seientifie college ? Mr. Sloan-Agricu'Itural purely. I am very . sorry that Mr. Smith, one of the most intelligent men in the State, has never heard of the theory that was so generally discussed in the papers, that that great and disastrous flood in the Ohio River, sweeping away millions of property, and saeri- fleing a great many lives, was largely produced by the ex- tensive system of drainage which haý been adopted in the states of Indiana and Ohio, carrying all the surplus water immediately into the Ohio River., instead of allowing it to remain and percolate in the soil. Whether that is right or wrong I know that drainage has been said to be a great benefit to the land, but this theory is advocated and believed 17-AG.
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