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AGRICULTURAL UMMr .Lauriston, May 17th, 1890. MR E. F. WRIGHT, "." ' ' Dear Sib, —I put five tons of Lime screenings on six acres of gras land after It was ploughed, and I can see to an inch where the lame was pu . on, and at the time tho Lime was being spread the wind blew the fine dust over 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 Truly, DENNIS McKENDRY. ■ : ■ ; Valetta, February Bth 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 a 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. j MR E. F. WRIGHT, :. ' Dear Sir,—-For two years now I have carried on experiments in liming the land; for fr^rit, trees, .and I am thoroughly satisfied with the results — makings the trees healthier the fruit larger and keeping the blight in check. Yours Truly, F. STANDISH.. . Longbeach, May 17th, 1890. ; MR E. F. WRIGHT, Deab Slß,^-I am-very satisfied with the result of the Lime on the. ground Ihad,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 after grass, and the quality much superior.—Yours truly, . ■;■ ' HUGH CULLEN. Wakanui, May „20th, 1890. ; E*F. WRIGHT. Esq., » ' . ! Dear Sib, —I have pleasure in informing you that the most satisfactory results have been obtained f x6m 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 narrowed into the soil. Notwithstanding the fact that;the season was most unfavorable for all root crops, I have 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 tl^e 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 season, to try the effed; on grass land and also on turnips. . .' I Remain Yours Sincerely, : GEO. W. LEADLEY. . Styx Apple Company, Christchurch, May 24th, 1890. E. F. WRIGHT, Esq., Mount. Somers, . . =' Dear Sir, —I have pleasure^ in stating that our Orchard has derived marked benefit from tho dressing of Mount Somers 1 Lime, which it received last^ year. I shall require some more for a fresh plantation which we are mak-, ing in the course of the winter. . Yours faithfully, , . F. WILDING, , Managing Director. .l Mount Somers, May 7th, 1890. ■. , MR WRIGHT, v Sir, —I coula 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 ,nbw 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 ground which was not limed with potatoes and they were not worth digging and the ground full of weeds and sorrel, so I rocommeud jour lime highly for growing good crops. , . . . Yours truly, ROBERT JONES. • Ashburton Racing Ci'ub, 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 Jawn 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 sec at a g]ance,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 mjirked. Yours faithfully, G. BISSETT, Sec. , Toi Toi, Longbeach, May 24th 1890. MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir, —I have been trying to g^row potatoes for the last 8 years and I never could get more than 4 to 5 to ns to the acre. Last season I was induced to. try lime,and have got moro than double what I haTegot in previous years. Yours truly, R. B. LUSCOMBE., New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Christ-church, June 2nd, 1890. E. F. WRIGHT, Esq., Mount Somers, „ ■- Dear Sir, —In reply to your enquiries as to the results of the lime used by me at Bucclcuch I can safely say that I am quite satisfied that it is one of the besti fertilisers that can be used. The grass land was greatly improved by it. Last year I dressod 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 60 to 100 tons.—Yours faithfully, H. T. WINTER. LIME AS A MANURE FOR TURNIPS. 'TO THE EDITOR,^ OTAGO DAILT TIMES. , ; Sib,—Lime is well-known to the farmer/a^Bem^'.beneficial,, for. pasture land and for grain crops, but it,is not often appUeid to" turnips, and aSptitfijresult has ,been very successful, I have much pleasure in giving farmers the benefit of the experiment. .. ' . ' • . ' : I have $ad a strong impression for many years that much of the land south of Dunedin, and especially in Southland, would benefit by the use of lime, and ( we tried, it'several times on Edendale;with 1 satisfactory .results.ior grass, and 1 oats, but the price of the lime and the railway carriage made the use of it pro-; 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£l63 13s lid, carting iind 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 itj would not have paid tho cost of the cultivation. The railway carriage is still too high on lime, and I hope to see it reduced." ; I may Explain that the paddock is situated near the Edendale railway; station, and was considerably out <ot order through couch and other objection-; able grasses, and that we thought -the best way of clearing it. would be:to.grub! out the couch grass as well as'"we could, and then.limfc. and. manure the ground well so as to produce a goo d crop of turnips, Accordingly i the ground was well worked, and 2 tons of 1 ime and 3 cwt of bone dust applied. The tnrnips were sown partly ; in chills and partly broadcast, but 10 acres—ran average of the land—was left unlfimed. Tlie turnips on the drills, arid broadcast are. a splendid crop ; but although the 10-acre patch got 3cwt of bones there are almost no turnips. I naay say, however, that we have good crops in other paddocks without lime, bui not equal to the limed ones. Next year I intend increasing.the quantity, of lime and reducing the bone dust,; but if the cost of the lime aiid.the railway carriage were reduced a little, further we would use lime still more 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 Hmo 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 the use of lime increases tho 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 bern sfit the whole community. We have only to look at what,the. Tokomairiro >Plaii i was a few years ago and what it is now by the application of lime. Then it gi 'ew sorrel and Yorkshire fog— now it produced excellent crops of wheat and tn mips and grass, which fattens instead of starves the stock.—-€ am, etc., THOMAS BRYDONE. Dunedin, June 10] ,■ " Special quotations for large orders. All comma nications to be addressed to the undersigned, . , E. F. WRIGHT, MOFiNT SOMEEB)

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