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Iowa State Register and Farmer (Newspaper) - July 12, 1907, Des Moines, Iowa IMPORTANT HISTORY OF INDUSTRY IN THIS ISSUE. ESTABLISHED 1856 DES MOINES. FRIDAY JULY'. 12. 1907 NO. 2.722. EVOLUTION OF AGRICULTURE A writer in a magazine receutly re- ferred to the invention of movable type by Guttenberg as the greatest distributive invention that ever was made in that it circulated knowledge among the children of men and played tury. The wide dissemination through the agency of books and common schools instituted the leaven of prog- ress in the ranks of the humblest toil- ers, and thus, by the invention of ma- chinery and improved methods the burden of labor has been lightened arid the products of toil very largely increased. The process has been so rapid that many of the and writings that have been cited as authority a dozen years ago are now out of date and regarded back humbers. Some of our best writers on agricultural topics would hardly venture today to reprint and vouch for the soundness of some of their utterances ot ten years ago. Before the days of the power thresh- er it was a common practice to feed oats in the sheaf. Feeding in -that manner has been regarded a "wasteful practice. The feed provided In Bheaf oats is not without its advantages, .A NICE, QUIET SUNDAY'lN THE WOODS. ranch the same part in human life as does the transmission of force in the world of physics. It might be added that the general distribution of knowl- edge marked the period of the begin- ning of the evolution in agriculture. In the process of development the toil- ing masses were quickened and "the "man with the hoe" was transformed into a thinker. The age of ideas was closely fol- lowed by the new era of invention and applied science which was the distin- guishing feature of the nineteenth cos- What marvelous transformation has been wrought in the methods and ap- pliances of soil tillage and animal in- dustry within the last half century. And let it be noted that an important factor in this evolution has been called "book which some have af- fected to despise. Under the quicken- ing influence of agricultural papers, books, lectures, institutes and granges the changes have been wrought, and old time notions, theories, traditions and practices have been outgrown anfl discarded. This illustrates the necessity of keep- ing step with the procession and marching abreast of the times. Today- agriculture takes rank side by side with the so-called learned professions, and many of the brainiest men in America are engaged in the study of its manifold problems. -Have you noticed any growth in the corn lately? Keep the back yard as clean as the front yard. however. If oats are .permitted to come ripe it is as to thresh th'enS and feed the grain and stray, sepantfs- Iy, feeding straw in- about the same proportion as wheji fed sheat In feeding oats this to be avoided. When oats are to fed in the-sheaf-it .is'far; have them' the grain is in The; should he properly: cared when fed. should be ran through cutting .box. In this manner sheaf olti can. be fed without the-usual
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