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AGRICULTFRAL LIME.

MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir, —I put five tons of Lime screenings on six acres of gras j [and after it was ploughed, and I can see to an inch where the lime was pu , jn, and at the time the Lime was being spread the wind blew the fine dust sver the adjoining land, and on this, as well as the properly limed land, there is a good crop, while on the non-limed there is not a single turnip.—Yours rruly, DENNIS McKENDRY. Valetta, February Btk 1890J MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir, —In answer to enquiries re 6 acres limed with 6 tons Lime,l am very well satisfied with result. In spite of heavy winds, which blew \ lot of it away shortly after I put it on, and although there is not much difference in the wheat, the grass, which was sown down at rolling, shows a very marked difference against that which was not limed, both in the growth and the thickness, and it is my intention to do some more this autumn. Yours Truly, JOHN BOYLE. Longbeach, March 14th, 1890. MR E. F. WRIGHT, - : ...'.'! Dear Sir, —For two years now I have carried on experiments in liming the land for fruit trees, and I am thoroughly satisfied, with the results—, making the trees healthier the fruit larger and keeping the blight in check. . Fours Truly, F. STANDISH. ; ■-I:- ' Longbeach, May 17th, 1890. \ MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir, —I am very satisfied with the result of the Lime on the ground I had in potatoes. The crop was much better this year, when it was* potatoes after potatoes, than it was the previous year, when it was potatoes ifter grass, and the quality much superior.—Yours truly, ; . j 8 HUGH CULLEN. Wakanui, May 20th, 1890. ; E. F. WRIGHT. Esq., . . -'. I i Dear Sir,—-I have pleasure in informing you that the most satisfactory results have been obtained from; the use of lime supplied by you last! spring. The lime was applied as a top dressing on land intended for roots at the rate of 2 tons per acre on potatoes and carrots, and one ton on mangold, land. The land had been well tilled previous to laying on the lime, and after spreading was well harrowed into the soiL Notwithstanding th^fact that the 3eason was most unfavorable for all root crops, I hare had a very fair crop; more especially in the case of potatoes and carrots, which, in quality, are the best I have grown since coming to the country. I am satisfied that any farmer having a little spare cash could not find a better investment for it than giving his paddock a dressing with lime. I intend this Beason to try the effect on grass land and also on turnips. I Remain. Yours Sincerely, GEO. W. LEADLEY. Styx Apple Company, Christchurch, May 24th, 1890. &F. WRIGHT, Esq., Mount Somers, m Dear Sir,—l have pleasure in stating that our Orchard has derived marked benefit from the dressing of Mount Somers Lime, which it received last year. I shall require some more for a fresh plantation which we are making in the course of the winter, . Yours faithfully, F. WILDING, Managing Director. Mount Somers, May 7th, 1890. MR WRIGHT, Sir, —I could not get anything to grow on my bit of ground,so I was determined to try your lime last winter and I gave it a good dose. I can now grow plenty of vegetables of all kinds. I planted a piece of ground 30ft by 40ft with potatoes and I got 6 bags of round potatoes out of it, and, strange to say there was not a weed of any sort to be seen. I planted -another piece of 1 ground which was not limed with potatoes and they were not worth digging and the ground full of weeds and sorrel, so I recommend your lime highly for growing good crops. Yours truly, ROBERT JONES. Ashburton Racing Club, May 31st, 1890, E. F. WRIGHT, Esq., . , Dear Sir, —I am directed by my Committee to inform you of the result of the experimental use of your agricultural lime on the grass of the Ashburton Racecourse. A part of the racing track, part of the lawn and saddling paddock,were last season top dressed with lime at the rate of 2 tons to the acre. The parts so dressed now show a far superior turf to the undressed parts of the course, the sward being far closer and better grown "Anyone wishing to see the effects of liming may see at a glance,on a visit to the course, the great benefit effected, and considering that the last season h s been all against the full benefit being shewn, the result is very marked. Yours faithfully, G. BISSETT, Sec. Toi Toi, Longbeach, May 24th 1890. MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir, —I have been, trying to grow potatoes for the last 8 years and I never could get more than 4 to 5 tons to the acre. Last season I was induced to try lime,ancl have got more than double what I ha\egot in previous years. Yours truly, R. B. LUSCOMBE. . New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Christchurch, June 2nd, 1890. E. F. WRIGHT, Esq., Mount Somers, Dear Sir, —In reply to your enquiries as to the results of the lime fused by me at Buccleuch I can safely say that I am quite satisfied that it is one of the best fertilisers that can be used. The grass land was greatly improved by it. Last year I dressed some land that had been broken up for turnips, unfortunately the paddock suffered severely from the heavy nor-westers, so that I .cannot say how it might have acted. lam determined to use it more extensively this year.and hope you will be able to supply me with from 160 to 100 tons—Yours faithfully, ; H. T. WINTER. LIME AS A MANURE FOR TURNIPS. TO THE EDITOR " OTAGO DAILTTIMES. i ■wv!.-^--,'.hrr-,j.f l h) -; , Sib,—Lime is well-known to the] farmer as being b^ndficjarfor pasture land and for grain crops, but it is not often applied tfo turnips, and ; as; the result has been very successful, I have much pleasure in giving farmers the benefit of the experiment. < . , -; •-■' !■' !1» '■ ; ;<o '-' '■ I have had a strong impression for iriany years 'that, much' of the land south of Dunedin, and especially in Southland, would benefit b'yVjkhe use 6flime,.and we tried it several times on Edendale with satisfactory results 1 for grass'and bats, but the price of the lime and the railway carriage made the use of it pror 1 hibitory. Recently, however, both have been considerably reduced, although still too high, and last spring we determined to give liming a trial on a larger scale than hitherto, the result of which is given in the following extract from the annual report of our Edendale manager :— . * " Last year we limed 200 acres at a cost of £460 14s 6d. Lime cost £221 3s 4d, railage £163 13s lid, carting an^spreading £75 13s 3d, clearing couch grass £36 13s 3d extra.* This seems a heavy outlay, but there is such a magnificent crop of turnips after the lime that the cost will be repaid twice over this year, and then: there is the permanent good the land will derive, from the lime. Ten acres in the paddock were left unlimed, with the result that we have no turnips, although they had exactly the same labor, seed and bone dust. The crop after the lime is worth £5 an acre, and if we had used no labor it would not have paid the cost of the cultivation. The railway carriage is still too high on lime, and I hope to see it reduced." ' , j I may explain that the paddock is situated, mear the Edendale railway station, and was considerably out of order through] couch and other, objectionable grasses, and that we thought the beat way of clearing it iwouldbe to grub put the couch grass as well as we could, and then lim6 and manure the ground well so as to produce a good crop of turnips, Accordingly the ground was well worked, and 2 tons of lime and 3 cwt of bone dust applied. The tnrnips were sown partly in drills and partly broadcast, but 10 acres—an average of the land—was left unlimed. The turnips on the drills and broadcast are a splendid crop ; but although the 10-acre patch got f 3cwt of bones there are almost no turnips. I may say, however, that we have good crops in other paddocks without lime, but not equal to the limed ones. Next year I intend increasing the quantity of lime and reducing the bone dust j but if the costrotthff"limß~and"the~railway carriage were reduced a little further we would use lime still finore largely. Very few farmers can afford to expend £2 an acre for manuring their land although they may feel satisfied that it would pay well to do so, and I think the Railway Commissioners might see their way to carry^ agricultural lime at a nominal rate, especially as the railway has to bring so many empty timber trucks back to Southland past Milburn. Then they should also bear in mind that tMe use of lime increases the crops by 15 to 20 bushels an acre, and the feeding capacity of turnips and grass in still greater proportion, the bulk of which increase would be carried by the railway ; and generally farmers would become more prosperous and benefit the whole community. We have only to look at what the Tokomairiro Plain was a few years ago and what it is now by the application of lime. Then it grew sorrel and Yorkshire fog— • now it produced excellent crops of wheat and turnips and grass, which fattens instead of starves the stock.—l am, etc., THOMAS BRYDONE. Dunedin, June 10 " Special quotations fqt laYge orders. All communicfttions to be addressed to : the undersigned, , i E. F. WRIGHT, MOUNT SOMERS! ;

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 5, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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