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— 17 — phosphates, lime, etc. Las Vegas soils have these in abundance, but their natural growth is sparse, except where ample water near the surface of the ground supports mesquite timber. The soil is not far removed from its original condition: powdered rock. It is rich, but refractory. A MATTER OF A FEW MONTHS. What of it? What Nature has left undone, man can do in a few months' time. Persistent stirring and watering the first season; a crop or two of green manure turned under; these are all that is required to put the ground in shape to produce anything. By the middle of his second season the settler is catching up. By the end of his third he should be ahead of the game. WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? An adequate account of the crops that can be profitably grown in the Las Vegas Valley would require a whole booklet to itself. Our statement must be necessarily brief. ALFALFA is a leader, yielding six cuttings a year; seven and eight tons per acre annually, which brings a minimum of $20 per ton. SMALL GRAINS, wheat, barley, oats, rye, make a wonderful growth, with immense heads and fat kernels. Cut as hay, wheat produces two tons to the acre, and brings $25 per ton. Threshed, it yields 30 to 40 bushels per acre. Barley can be disced into alfalfa fields in the Fall, furnishing green pasture throughout the Winter. INDIAN CORN grown on virgin soil at Indian Springs in the Summer of 1912 was ten feet high; ears twelve and fourteen inches

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