Special Report on Agriculture and Domestic Science: Made by the State Board of Regents to the Governor of West Virginia, November 21, 1912

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Department of Schools, 1912 - 75 pages
 

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Page 26 - That it shall be the object and duty of said experiment stations to conduct original researches or verify experiments on the physiology of plants and animals; the diseases to which they are severally subject, with the remedies for the same; the chemical composition of useful plants at their different stages of growth; the comparative advantages of rotative cropping as pursued under a varying series of crops; the capacity of new plants or trees for acclimation; the analysis of soils and water; the...
Page 27 - ... the chemical composition of manures, natural or artificial, with experiments designed to test their comparative effects on crops of different kinds; the adaptation and value of grasses and forage plants; the composition and digestibility of the different kinds of food for domestic animals; the scientific and economic questions involved in the production of butter and cheese; and such other researches or experiments bearing directly on the agricultural industry of the United States as may in each...
Page 74 - ... profiting by experience, but its aim was and is to take knowledge already acquired and use it in the solution of a problem by giving it the widest possible dissemination through demonstration. It seeks to convert acquired knowledge on the part of experts into common practice on the part of farmers. Not being investigational in character, it is at once apparent that the results of this work can not be easily tabulated, nor do they adapt themselves readily to presentation in the form of mere statistics...
Page 74 - ... rather than, the demonstrator. In this connection it should be stated that the total number of farmers instructed during the season of 1911 was 89,764, of whom 26,227 were classed as demonstrators, whose crops were visited at least once every 30 days by an agent of the department, and 63,537 as cooperators, whose farms were visited only occasionally or not at all, but only consulted the agent personally and received printed instructions. Increased average yield of cotton and corn on demonstration...
Page 74 - ... the work on southern agriculture and details but a small portion of the results accomplished in the field. CORN AND COTTON. As tending to show the success of the methods advocated by the Department of Agriculture for the raising of standard crops of corn and cotton in the South, the table on page 290 is presented, showing the production of these crops in the Southern States during the seasons of 1909 and 1910. The figures contained in this table show the average of demonstration farms from which...
Page 74 - ... adverse seasons has emphasized the importance of the result and greatly helped to reestablish confidence. But this preliminary work is but a small part of the general effect of the work on southern agriculture and details but a small portion of the results accomplished in the field. CORN AND COTTON. As tending to show the success of the methods advocated by the Department of Agriculture for the raising of standard crops of corn and cotton in the South, the table on page 290 is presented, showing...
Page 11 - A red flag with a white diagonal running from the upper left hand corner to the lower right hand corner (from masthead to lower outside corner) and known as the "Divers Flag...
Page 29 - The state should also appropriate funds for the employment of a forester who can establish nurseries of forest trees, make experimental plantings in co-operation with owners who wish to re-forest cut-over lands, and advise owners of timber lands as to the best manner of cutting and re-forestation. The better conservation of its timber and the re-forestation of large areas of otherwise waste lands is one of the most important economic problems before the state, toward which practically nothing has...
Page 32 - I did not know I had been so extravagant in my cooking. I certainly will be able to reduce the cost of living at our home and at the same time give the family better food.
Page 74 - ... production of these crops in the Southern States during the seasons of 1909 and 1910. The figures contained in this table show the average of demonstration farms from which accurate returns were received. All demontrators are asked to make reports and they are collected by agents, but it is impossible to obtain accurate data from all farmers instructed. Many have no means of weighing or measuring, while others gather their crops without keeping any record unless the agent is present. Data were...

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