No Remedy For Rust in Wheat.
;Tr l(By Prbfessor Brown,/ Agricultural College, Jbongerenong.) V f . When man professes to make a piece of living Tnjft'tureaptoof agairafcinature herself, or whenihethinks; a-thiHg tlfet has stood the changes of thousands of yean - bktx JbV iawept awas or .^ife defejfeta|defied, by any sort of ,art, he itrJtghtingJagainst V something higher' than/himself, and mußt [meet with failure. , In my formal report of thia^ooUege and farm; «l have given a brief account of our experience with nut onipr^fTarieties^f^eatjsin addition to ," that of-my own in jC3an*d*^'and L»m free enough to repeat here that while there ; are several temporary antidotes to all "germs," there is"'fto'.continuous specific "-. for their attacks. / There ?has been, and will be for all time, a systematic and un- : failing generation of all. he ills that life of any kind is heir to ; Wt^ this does not imply r that we anything to . ward, or check, their.efl^cts for a time. People" should ..not, be, jWjteht that they ; can for ever oe relieved of their existence. All' life isOfuU pf ru9%^food and evil— Vand;th:e]tt>tal..eiiminjition3ofi*ny one of , them is as unlikely as that of the periodical reTfcoftof go^4 *nd evils '• ■ thihgsl;«Therd iaSio tat*U«h in view, . as otherwise there would be,n<? ; (power of choice'or selection in the world, /.We find , the fungoid growth called rust.-much on wheat, because ;ifc is a'plant : worth i living upon, just as we have the best quality of any fruit most subjsect-.tp.bjffd andjnsect and the least valuable invariably passed ovor. / It is: also true; thqt rust exists upon some plants unseen to.the.imked eye, and indeed,! have yet. to 1 know the > possibility of anyplant in nature coming and maturing and dying without having; been affected-by a fungus of some sort,, from the most minute germ up bo thft largest lichen.: So,- then, it |s best to be plain with fanners, and admit that no science and' no experience of any kind can permanently combat the unseen and the unknown in the-direction of what must always be part of our very being, whether jvegejjtablo, or.jiuim«d; jNptWjiujr *jj. but. fclie teachings) of every progressive countrf during thtfftst qu«*Bt of a century hay» shown that the more intense the culture,
' • andthe more per acre'per annum realised through, skill, the more liable are the products of whatever sort to enemies, > n io^the, simple reason that the altered conditions are more favorable ground for •their '.*development." Those who study , " life "in all its phases know this. Look r • at tuberculosis in the presen thigh breedisV; ing and management of cattle : and even ■; the subject of cereals itself, since hybriding -was introduced, has given evidence of the same thing. Will we ever get rid of '.'. field weeds ? Rust is one of our atmos--0 Jpheric weeds. ' It will have to be as much ,«.'" Mt endless battle with the. one as the ■ 'ojbher. Experiment, test, and prove we should thoroughly, and always, but no r. use talking of getting "rid of rust."
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2445, 19 June 1890
No Remedy For Rust in Wheat. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2445, 19 June 1890
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