PRIZE ESSAY

ON THE

CULTIVATION OF THE POTATO

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POTATO CULTURE.

BY D. A. COMPTON, HAWLEY, PENNSYLVANIA.

 

The design of this little treatise is to present, with minuteness of detail, that mode of culture which experience and observation have proved to be best adapted to the production of the Potato crop.

 

It is written by one who himself holds the plow, and who has, since his early youth, been engaged in agriculture in its various branches, to the exclusion of other pursuits.

 

The statements which appear in the following pages are based upon actual personal experience, and are the results of many experiments made to test as many theories.

 

Throughout the Northern States of our country the potato is the third of the three staple articles of food. It is held in such universal esteem as to be regarded as nearly indispensable. This fact is sufficient to render a thorough knowledge of the best varieties for use, the character of soil best adapted to their growth, their cultivation and after-care, matters of the highest importance to the farmers of the United States....................

 

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