Third annual report
A large share of the Director’s time last winter was occupied in work at farmer’s institutes; stock meetings, and horticultural meetings in different parts of the state, and in preparing for the Station work of last summer.
We hauled 420 loads of manure last winter from Ames to the poorest parts of the Experiment Station grounds. The sowing of the different kinds of grain and grass seeds was the first field work which was performed last spring. Some of them were sowed early and others late. On a part of the plats they were planted thick and on others thin. And the preparation of the plats for the seeds varied much, as a part of them were plowed nine inches deep; while others were plowed only four inches, and a few of them were only well scratched with cultivators and harrows at seeding time. The number of kinds of grain which we planted were as follows: Oats thirty; spring wheat nine; barley eight; rye two, and field peas two. For the purpose of finding better fodder plants than many of the common kinds if possible, we planted twenty four kinds of field and garden bush beans, and twenty one kinds of peas; but the beaus proved partial failures on account of drouth, and the peas were ruined by rust. We planted five of the best kinds of den? corn and an equal number of varieties of sweet corn; as well as dent and sweet corn which was obtained by crossing kinds which had the most desirable characteristics in 1889 We planted also for trial fifty two kinds of potatoes, and many different varieties of sorghum, sugar beets, mangolds, carrots, tomatoes, etc.