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for their readiness to communicate so much information to the common stock.
The Committee award
To Mr. Francis Dodge, of Danvers, for his crop of Indian corn, 105 bushels, the premium of $10 00
To Mr. John Noyes, of Newbury, for his crop of winter rye, 40 bushels and 22 quarts, the premium of
10 00 To Mr. William Williams, of Rowley, for his crop of oats, 59 bushels, a gratuity of
7 00 Mr. Williams's statement was not considered sufficiently full and well authenticated to entitle him to the premium, but his crop of fifty-nine bushels to the acre, is creditable to his good management.
Mr. Dole's crop of corn was a very good one for this season ; his statement is full and satisfactory, and the Committee hope that next year he will receive a premium; but as a second premium is not offered by the Society, they cannot award it. The difference in the weight of Mr. Dole's corn at the time of harvesting and one month after, is remarkable, amounting to about one seventh. In determining the comparative amount of corn crops, the condition as to shrinkage and dryness should not be forgotten. Mr. Noyes' crop of onions, for the amount of labor spent upon it, is very large, but the Society has not authorized the Committee to award a premium for this crop.
The Committee recommend that the statements of all the claimants be published. They are creditable to their authors, and honorable to the county. In a more favorable season, larger crops might be obtained, but the farmer, having done his part, must look to Providence for genial sunshine, and refreshing showers.
For the Committee,
DANIEL P. KING. Dec. 30, 1841.
FRANCIS DODGE'S STATEMENT.
To the Committee on Grain Crops :
GENTLEMEN-I offer for premium a crop of Indian corn, obtained from one acre of land, and measuring one hundred and five bushels. The land was a dark loam, with a sub-soil of clayey gravel. I do not know the name of this corn, but some of the same was exhibited at the annual meeting in Georgetown. A crop of hay was taken from the land last season, after which it was ploughed and sown to turnips and corn. It had at that time, a dressing of three cords of manure from the hogyard. In the spring, it was cross-ploughed, and harrowed, and four cords of manure from the cellar, were spread over, when it was again ploughed and furrowed at a distance of three feet four inches one way, and three feet six inches the other. Four loads of old manure were put in the hill; this manure was hove well for the purpose of getting it fine. It was planted the 8th and 11th of May, seven kernels were dropped, and from five to six stood. It received two hoeings; at each time the Cultivator was used. The 27th of September it was cut up, and shocked and harvested the last of October.
Expenses of the Crop,
$6 00 48 00 1 00 6 00 0 75 2 00 2 25 7 00 2 00 900
Value of Crop, &c. Half the manure, 105 bushels corn, a 80 c.
35 00 31 tons fodder, a $10,
143 00 From which deduct expense of crop,
84 00 Nett profit, $59 00
FRANCIS DODGE. North Danvers, Nov. 1841.
1, James Flanders, measured the above corn, and testify that the number of bushels, as within stated, 105, was raised from an acre of ground.
This may certify, that I measured and staked off the above mentioned acre of ground.
ANSEL W. PUTNAM.
ENOCH DOLE'S STATEMENT.
To the Committee on Crops :
I submit the following statement in relation to the acre of corn I have entered for premium.
The ground is a sandy loam, upon the bank of Merrimack river, and occasionally flooded with water in high freshets, perhaps as often as once in two or three years. The ground was broken up in the spring of 1840-manured in the hills only, with sour cords of rotten manure to the acre, and planted with corn; crop about equal to this year's.
In 1841, the hills were split and harrowed once, and seven cords of new manure spread upon the acre-the ground ploughed and harrowed. It was then furrowed
four feet by three and a half feet-four cords of rotten manure per acre put in the hills, and planted about the 15th of May-ploughed between the rows twice, and hoed three times ; at the time of the last hoeing, the only object was to destroy the weeds. The stalks were cut about the middle of September, and the crop harvested about the 25th of October. There were about three and a half acres of land in the lot planted, one acre of which was measured off, and the following quantity of produce grew upon the lot measured and staked off by the surveyor, viz., 128 bushels of ears when husked, two bushels of which were shelled; weight of corn, 68 1-2 lbs., measurtd 38 quarts, weight of cobs 18 lbs, weight of whole in the ear Nov. 27, as per certificate of weigher, 4700 lbs. There were eighteen bushels of turnips and 40 bushels of pumpkins grown upon the acre aforesaid, in addition to the corn. There were only five bushels of small ears on the acre.
ENOCH DOLE. W. Newbury, Dec. 1841.
I hereby certify that I measured off and put up stakes about one acre of corn on land of Enoch Dole. all in one piece, and laid off on the western end of the lot; at his request, I measured off the acre where I thought the corn was the best. I consider the crop nearly equal throughout, and think a half acre might have been selected together better than the acre taken would average.
JOHN NOYES'S STATEMENT.
To the Committee on Crops :
Newbury, Nov. 10th, 1841. GENTLEMEN-I submit to you the following statements with regard to my crops, which are as follows:--onions
and winter and spring rye. The onions were grown on a yellow loam, on a gravel bottom, -has grown onions several years previous--was replenished with twelve cords of manure ploughed in in the fall of the year 1840; the following spring it was harrowed, and drilled in rows 14 inches apart, and two and a half lbs. of seed sown with a machine on the same. It was weeded but once by hand, but hoed several times—harvested and sold in September and October—the produce of which was six hundred and sixty-four bushels. The
rye was grown on a black loam on a clay bottom; has grown potatoes three years previous--the manure ploughed in ; is inclosed by itself, containing two acres one hundred and six rods. The produce in 1840 was two hundred bushels per acre. The manure applied was eight cords per acre. The ast of September, 1840, 1 sowed one and a half bushels rye on one acre; the remaining part I sowed with spring rye about the middle of April. The winter grain was reaped the 20th of July, and threshed within ten days after; the product of which was forty bushels and twenty-two quarts, independent of eight quarts of small grain. The spring grain was reaped and threshed the beginning of August; the produce was forty-two bushels and twenty-five quarts.
This may certify that we assisted in cultivating, marketing, and measuring the above crop of onions, and that the above statement is correct.
GILES A. NOYES.
Essex, ss. dov, 16, 1841. Personally appeared Giles A. Noyes and Justin Noyes, and made oath to the truth of the foregoing statement, before me,
Justice of the Peace.