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than the first set of stalks which appear on my land. When I consider the fact that the land on which this asparagus was growing has produced large crops every year for twenty years, without fertilizers of any kind, and still produces better crops than my land, which has had six hundred dollars' worth of fertilizers to the acre applied to it during the last twenty years, it convinces me that this land, for garden purposes, surpasses any which I have ever examined. I noticed on the meadow, strawberry plants which had passed through the winter uninjured and were looking well; this indicating that the strawberry will grow well on this land, after the top soil becomes well decomposed.
" 'On the third of July the meadows were visited to examine the hay which was then being harvested; it not being a good hay day, a very large proportion of the hay was raked in heaps, thus affording an excellent opportunity to judge of the amount produced on various parts of the meadow. While some portions of the land on which the hay was raked into heaps would, in my opinion, not produce quite two tons to the acre, a considerable portion of it would, I have no doubt, produce more than two tons to the acre, and some of it at least two and one-half tons per acre; and I think I may be safe in saying that the average would be two tons per acre. A number of years ago, while visiting these meadows, I saw one field of seventy acres that was being harvested; some of it was spread over the ground as left by the mower, but most of it was raked in windrows and heaps, ready to be loaded on wagons. This I estimated would produce an average of two tons to the acre. I was subsequently informed that seventy acres produced one hundred and fifty tons.
" 'When we consider that this was produced on land that had never had its natural richness increased by the application of any fertilizers, we realize, in a measure, the great value of the material which nature has for the ages been
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