Experience is against the use of the drill in seeding oats. As the drill was developed earlier than the broadcast seeder, there were better reasons for drilling oats then than there are now. Broadcast seeders do the work so well, and can be had at such moderate prices, that it is unnecessary to drill the grain to have it evenly distributed, even in windy weather. Harrows have been so much improved that broadcast grain may be nicely covered on any ground properly prepared. The drills are very useful for fall wheat, as the snow is better held over the plants, and the ridges crumble down on the roots heaved out by frost. But manifestly these benefits cannot accrue to oats. Oats require all the moisture they can get, and all the root-shading the plant will give, during the latter two-thirds of their period of growth ; the moisture is better retained in the soil and the roots are better shaded, when the plants stand at comparatively uniform distances, and the surface is made level, than when the plants are placed in drills, and the surface is thrown up into ridges. To use the drill satisfactorily the ground must be put in good condition ; and this -probably explains why there is frequently a better yield from drilling. We do not know of a case where •broadcasting and drilling oats were tested side by side for several years, that the broadcasting did not give the better aggregate return. The farmer is not advised never to drill oats, but it would certainly be best to make the trial on a limited scale for three or four years, at least, until the superiority of drilling is proven.—Exchange.
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Drilling Oats., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 16 July 1890
Drilling Oats. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 16 July 1890
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