VII.--STATE AGRICULTURAL CONVENTION--Continued.
PEAT-A CHEAP FUEL IN THE NEAR FUTURE. By W. II. Newton. 75, 89
Fuel, like food, is a prominent element in the economy of human
One-third of the population of Wisconsn now using coal for fuel.. 75
Effect of cutting away our forests...
Forests and their products indispensable.
Peat of the state to be utilized..
Great pecuniary gain to the state.
Analysis of samples of foreign peat.
Relative value of wood and peat.
Calorific power of certain combustibles.
Smelting value of different fuels....
Comparative value of Wisconsin and other peats..
Extract from Professor Chamberlain's geological report..
Many million tons of peat in the gs about Madison..
One hundred and fifty tons in the state-Process of manufacture... 85-88
Peat a cheap substitute for wood-fuel-Discussion..
PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING. By Professor John W. Sterling..92-106
The importance to farmers and others of understanding the laws
of electrical action
A moderate degree of study only necessary.
Statical electricity-Distribution of electricity
Electricity of the clouds-Lightning-rods. .
Practical directions relative to putting up rods— Discussion. 103-113
OBJECTS AND METHODS OF CULTIVATION. By Professor W. W. Dan-
The soil is the great store-house of the mineral constituents of
A soil is rock disintegrated
Plowing, harrowing, and cultivating the means which shall bring
the rich harvest
Fine culture, lightness and porosity of soil essential.
Absorptive power of soils
Moisture essential-inode of obtaining it..
Fertilizers carried into the soil by rain—Benefits of manure.
Better and wiser culture demanded-Discussion......
SOME OF THE LESSONS OF THE PAST SEASON. By J. W. Wood ...130-143
The importance of adapting better and surer methods of culture.. 130
Low prices nothing when compared with the emptiness of our bins 130, 131
Clover, &c., are sure and simple methods of restoring exhausted
soils—Timothy exhausts, while clover improves soils..
Experience of seventy-five years with clover fertilization.
Lime-its action upon organic matter-Chinch-bugs.
Winter-wheat--Early varieties of spring-wheat.
Rotation of crops—General co-operation...
Experiments with seed-corn and other grains.
Cost of production has no effect upon prices-supply, demand, and
The most hopeful sign of the times is the wide-spread discontent
ECONOMY IN FARMING, By John Bascom, LL. D.
The prosperity of the nation and of christian society, must depend
very much upon the farmers..
They are the peers of everybody and above nobody.
Our land—the paradise of the farmer...
Saving and wise expenditure-two essential branches of economy 150
Tools-Farm-buildings-Handling of cattle and lands.... 150-154
Contrast of the average farmer and the average drayman.
Nature takes the laboring-oar in the West...
Failure in method a great waste-An example...