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The Improvement of Grassland1

Naturevolume 105pages408409 (1920) | Download Citation



IT is too often the case that grassland is left to take care of itself, and that no steps are taken for its improvement. Eve where manuring is carried out it is usually confined to occasional dressings of farmyard manure; little or no use is made of artificial fertilisers, and the beneficial effects of lime upon the herbage are far less widely known than they should be. The consequence is that much of the finest pasture and meadow land in the country is carrying only a second- or third-rate herbage simply from lack of knowledge of the most effective treatments to bring about improvement For the education of public opinion in this respect nothing is mor useful than demonstration plots, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has issued a most valuable and comprehensive pamphlet outlining schemes of experiments suitable for this purpose. The schemes intended, for farmers are simple in character and direct an practical in their object, while those drawn up for the agricultural colleges and institutes deal with experiments requiring considerable attention and supervision.


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