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Archive for Monday, June 6, 2011

100 years ago: ‘Scientific farming’ methods produce early wheat crop

June 6, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 6, 1911:

  • “Ed Harvey, the well known Wakarusa farmer, commenced cutting wheat this morning. He is the first in this county to do so. He is cutting his Zimmerman Wheat. He obtained this seed from the Agricultural college and has improved upon the seed. He took two bushels and hand picked it, using only the most perfect grains. This early harvest, this good yield and this fine wheat is all due to scientific farming. For some years the people in this neighborhood have used scientific methods and it has paid them many times over.”
  • “The school board has fixed the length of the next school term at thirty-six weeks. School will commence on Sept. 11 and continue 15 weeks until December 22. Closing three days before Christmas for two weeks, it will reopen January and continue 21 weeks until May 31.”
  • “November is the most dangerous month for fires in Lawrence, while less occur in August than any other period of the year. This condition is easily explained by the fact that practically no stoves are burned in August, while November is the month that stoves and furnaces are first fired up, and any defect in their arrangement is certain to occasion an immediate blaze. Twenty-eight frame dwellings were caught on fire during the year and nineteen business buildings suffered from the same fate. Odd fires chronicled are one flat car, one telephone pole, one straw stack, one tree and one lawn.”

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