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Mi* E F. Wright AGE iCULTUBAL LIME. ■ ■ ' '0' ' ' ■ Lauriston. May 17th, 1890. MR E. F. WRIGHT, Dear Sir, —I put five tons of Lime screenings on six acres of grass land after it was ploughed, and I can see to an inch where the Lime was put 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. 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,—l 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 CULLEN. Wakanui, May 20th, 1890. E. F. WRIGHT. Esq., Dear Sir, —I have pleasure m informing you that the most satisfactory results hare 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 WRIGHT 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 plante d 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 recommend your lime highly for growing good crops. Yours truly, ROBERT JONES. Toi Toi, Longbeach, May 24th 1890. MR E. R 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 nduced to try lime,and have got more than double what I ha? c got m previous years. Yours truly, R. B. LtJSCOMBE. 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, che 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. 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 the winter. Yours faithfully, F. WILDING Managing Director 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 used 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 60 to 100 tons.—Yours faithfully, H. T. WINTER. LIME AS A MANURE FOR TURNIPS TO THE EDITOR " OTAQO 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 scalehan hitherto, the result of which is given m 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 and spreading £7o 13s 3d, clearing couch graSS <£>t)O JLOS OVL extra. JLIUS seems t* ucavj uuuajr, kj uv vu^ lv X o l3U v,n c* i 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 m the paddock were left unlimed, with the result that we have no 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 vrould not have paid the cost of the cultivator. The railway cairiage is still boo 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 of order through couch and other c-bjection-ible grasses, and that we thought the best way of clearing it would be to grub )ut the couch grass as well as we could, and then lime and manure the ground well so as to produce a good crop of turnips, Accordingly the ground ivas well 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 iverage of the land—was left unlimed. The turnips on the drills r.nd broad ;ast are a splendid crop ; but although the 10-acre patch got 3cwt of bones :here are almost no turnips. I may say, however, that we have good crops m )ther paddocks without lime, but not equal to the limed ones. Next year I ntend increasing the quantity of lime and reducing the bone dust; but if the •ost of the lime and the railway carriage were reduced a little further we would ise lime still more largely. Very few farmers can afford to expend £2 an acre "or manuring their land although they may feel satisfied that it would pay well ;o do so, and I think the Railway Commissioners might see their way to carry igricultural lime at a nominal rate, especially as the railway has to bring so iiany empty timber trucks back to Southland past Milburn. Then they should akobear m mind that the use of lime increases the crops by 15 to 20 bushels m acre, and the feeding capacity of turnips and grass m still greater proportion, ;he bulk of which increase would be carried by the railway ; and generally !armers would become more prosperous and benefit the whole community. We lave only to look at what the Tokomairiro Plain was a few years ago and what j tis now by the application of lime. Then it grew sorrel and Yorkshire fog— \ iow it produces excellent crops of wheat and turnips and grass, which fattens nstead of starves the stock.-—I am, etc., THOMAS BRYDONE. Duned n, une 10 <——._ |— fepecia quotations forlarge orders. All communications to c undersigned? £. F. WRIGHT. '.MOUNT SOMERS

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 4, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 4 Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890