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Las Vegas, Nevada, where farming pays : the artesian belt of semi-tropic Nevada
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— 17 — ent 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. The first cutting from about 35 acres on the Clark & Ronnow ranch in the summer of 1912 was 51 tons, which sold for $20 per ton laid down five miles away. This field produced over $4,000 worth of alfalfa the same season. 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 long, with twenty rows of kernels. Corn grown on new ground on the Experiment Farm at Logan, in the Moapa Valley, produced 45 bushels per acre. The SORGHUMS, saccharine and non-saccharine, make prolific yields. Owing to the long growing season they can be grown

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