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— 16 — WHAT KIND OF SOIL ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? WE HAVE IT IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY. A classified list of the soils in the Las Vegas Valley would include almost every kind of good soil known anywhere, and there is a corresponding diversity in the crops to which they are adapted. There are soils light and heavy, the characteristic type being a sandy loam. These variations occur, not in "spots" or isolated patches, but distributed over large areas, so that a man can choose his land with reference to the things which he wishes to produce. A small proportion of the total acreage in the valley is at present comparatively worthless on account of excessive alkali, though it can be redeemed and rendered very productive by proper treatment. A much larger proportion contains no alkali at all. Of the valley as a whole, it may be truthfully said that few sections of the Southwest contain as little alkali land. LAS VEGAS SOIL GROWS BETTER INSTEAD OF WORSE. Let us be truthful above all things. Much of our best land is not immediately productive. This is a region of scanty precipitation. Further North there is a heavy snowfall in winter. Further South there are frequent rains in Summer. Here there is none of the former and little of the latter. Winter snows and Summer rains support a vigorous natural vegetation, which supplies nitrogen and makes available for plant food the necessary mineral constituents of the soil—potash,

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