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Farmers Guide

  Our Farmers Guide to farm education 1903 style starts at the very basic level and works up from there. It is based on a 1903 to 1914 USA Public Schools text book. It has been out of print for some time but we located it in the public domain.

     Back in 1903 in the USA the vast majority of kids growing up and attending school were destined to live out the rest of their days on a farm and were expected to make a living for themselves and a family on the farm. A few educators felt they needed a little more training than just growing up with it so this text book was created.

This farmers guide is especially helpful to anyone just starting out in the farming arena. It could have been labeled "Agriculture For Beginners" or "Beginning Farmers Guide" or just "Farmers Guide" so we went with the shorter name.

The Farmers Guide will have 12 detailed sections or chapters and each will have several sub-sections. No known details are left out. It starts with the very beginning with something as basic as "Origin Of The Soil" and no it is not "Older Than Dirt." However you should keep in mind that it is from the 1903 to 1914 time frame. 

As you work your way through the complete program we know it will bring back memories and cause you to think things like; sounds homeopathic or organic, there is a better way, we don't do it that way and so on. Remember though it is from the 1903 to 1914 time frame when rural life was much more the norm than it is today. As I recall from my early childhood days (1930s and 40s) our farm never produced a luxury living but we learned to live off what it produced and had a luxury life. Living on a farm has always been a luxury to most of us and it has been a good life. I highly recommend it to anyone.

FARMERS GUIDE
Farmers Education as Taught in 1903

 CONTENTS LIST

CHAPTER I
THE SOIL
Origin of the Soil
Tillage of the Soil
The Moisture of the Soil
How the Water rises in the Soil
Draining the Soil
Improving the Soil
Manuring the Soil

CHAPTER II
THE SOIL AND THE PLANT
Roots
How the Plant feeds from the Soil
Root-Tubercles
The Rotation of Crops

CHAPTER III
THE PLANT
How the Plant feeds from the Air
The Sap Current
The Flower and the Seed
Pollination
Crosses, Hybrids, and Cross-Pollination
Propagation by Buds
Plant Seeding
Selecting Seed Corn
Weeds
Seed Purity and Vitality

CHAPTER IV
HOW TO RAISE A FRUIT TREE
Grafting
Budding
Planting and Pruning

CHAPTER V
HORTICULTURE
Market-gardening
Flower-gardening

CHAPTER VI
THE DISEASES OF PLANTS
The Cause and Nature of Plant Disease
Yeast and Bacteria
Prevention of Plant Disease
Some Special Plant Diseases

CHAPTER VII
ORCHARD, GARDEN, AND FIELD INSECTS
Insects in General
Orchard Insects
Garden and Field Insects
The Cotton-Boll Weevil

CHAPTER VIII
FARM CROPS
Cotton
Tobacco
Wheat
Corn
Peanuts
Sweet Potatoes
White, Or Irish, Potatoes
Oats
Rye
Barley
Sugar Plants
Hemp and Flax
Buckwheat
Rice
The Timber Crop
The Farm Garden

CHAPTER IX
FEED STUFFS
Grasses
Legumes

CHAPTER X
DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Horses
Cattle
Sheep
Swine
Farm Poultry
Bee Culture
Why We Feed Animals

CHAPTER XI
FARM DAIRYING
The Dairy Cow
Milk, Cream, Churning, and Butter
How Milk sours
The Babcock Milk-Tester

CHAPTER XII
MISCELLANEOUS
Growing Feed Stuffs on the Farm
Farm Tools and Machines
Liming the Land
Birds
Farming on Dry Land
Irrigation
Life in the Country

Appendix

Glossary

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