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Mr E. F. Wright AGRICULTURAL LIMB. Lauriston, May 17th, 1890. MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir, —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 Lime was pu on, and at the time the 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 1890] MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir, —In answer to enquiries re 6 acres limed with 6 tons Lime, I 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 m the wheat, the grass, which was sown down at rolling, shows a very marked difference against that which was not limed, both m the growth and the thickness, and it is my intention to do some more this autumn. J Yours Truly, JOHN BOYLE. Longbeach, March 14th, 1890. MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir, —For two years now I have carried on experiments m 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 m check. Yours Truly, F. STANDISH. 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 m 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 OULLEN. Wakanui, May 20th, 1890. E. F. WRIGHT. Esq., Dear Sir, —I have pleasure m 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 the fact that the season was most unfavorable for all root crops, I have had a very fair crop; more especially m the case of potatoes and carrots, which, m 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 season to try the effect on grass land and also on turnips. ; I Remain Yours Sincerely, GEO. W. LEADLEY. Mount Somers, May 7th, 1890. MR WRIG Sir,—l uld 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 ground which was not limed with potatoes and they were not worth digging and the ground full of weeds and soirrel, so I recommend your lime highly for growing good crops. Yours truly, ROBERT JONES. Toi Toi, Longbeach, May 24th 1890. MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir,—l 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 nduced to try lime,and have got i. uore than double what I hate got m previous years. Yours truly, R. B. LUSCOMBE. Ashburton Racing Club, May 31st, 1890, E. F. WRIGHT, Esq., Dear Sir,—l 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 boing far closer and better grown Anyone wishing to see the effects of liming may see at a glance,on a visit to the course, :he great benefit effected, and considering that the last season h s been all against the full benefit being she^.vn, the result is very marked. Yours faithfully, G-. BISSETT, Sec. Styx Apple Company, Christchurch, May 24th, 1890. E. F. WRIGHT, Esq., Mount Somers, Dear Sir, —I have pleasure m 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 m the course of the 'winter. Yours faithfully, F. WILDING, Managing Director. New Zeahml Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Christchurch, June 2nd, 1890. E. F. WRIGHT, Esq., Mount S-omers, Dear Sir, —In reply to your enquiries as to the results of the lime used by me at Buccle uch 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 60 to 100 tons.—Yours faithfully, H. T. WINTER. LIME AS A MANURE FOR TURNIPS. TO THE TjDITOR " OTAGO DAILY TIMES. Sir, —Lime is well-known to the farmer as being beneficial for pasture land and for grain crops, but it is not often applied to turnips, and as the result has been very successful, I have much pleasure m giving farmers the benefit of the experiment. I have had a strong impression for many years that much of the land south of Dunedin, and especially m Southland, would benefit by the use of lime, and we tried it several times on Edendale with satisfactory results for grass and oats, but the price of the lime and the railway carriage made the use of it prohibitory. 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 m the following extract from the annual report of our Edendale manager :— " Last year we linnsd 200 acres at a cost of £460 14s 6d. Lime cost £221 3s 4d, railage £163 13s lid, carting and 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 a.cres m the paddock were left unlimed, with the result that we haveno turnips there,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 lime 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." I may -explain that the paddock is situated near the Edendale railway station, ai\d was considerably out of order through couch and other objectionable 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 theii lime and manure the ground well so as to produce a good crop of turnips, Accordingly the ground was we'll worked, and 2 tons of lime and 3 cwt of bone dust applied. The turnips were sown partly m 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 3cwt of bones theve are almost no turnips. I may say, however, that we have good crops m 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; but if the cost of the lime and 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 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 m mind that the use of lime increases the crops by 15 to 20 bushels an acre, and the feeding capacity of turnips and grass m 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 produces 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 for large orders. All communications to be addressed to J the undersigned ' • E. F. WRIGHT, TWOTJNT SOMERB

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 4 Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890