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EL PASO HERALD
u'eSnesday, July 3, 1912 13
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This, the third advertisement of the present series, deals with the soils of the Mimbres, Valley.
The last one gave information concerning the nature and extent of the water supply. It showed that
the Mimbres Valley is favored by nature with an abundance of pure water easily accessible for, irriga
tion. ' . '
This water would be of little use commercially, if the soils of the valley were not productive when
A VINEYARD NEAR DEMING, N M.
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Tko soil analyst usually prefaces his study
of the soils of any region with the remark that
actual production is the truest test of soil-fertility.
In his laboratory the chemist can tell easily --x
soil which is likely to be fertile, and can always
detect harmful elements, and so on, but there
seem to be certain things that escape the most
rigid analysis which influence soil-fertility.
Judged from the standpoint of productivity,
Mimbres Valley soil ranks high in any list of
productive soils. John Hund, a farmer, living
two miles from Deming, reports this week that
many acres of his field jielded last week one and
three-quarters tons .of alfalfa, this representing
a thirty-days' growth. Those acquainted with
the demands of alfalfa upon soil will know that
only a very strong soil and one peculiarly adapt
ed to alfalfa can make such a jdeld as this. Vege
tables of all kinds yield enormously in the soils
of the Mimbres Valley. Sweet potatoes have
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been known to yield five hundred bushels to the
acre; Irish potatoes 400 bushels; onions 40,000
pounds. "Wheat yields 50 bushels to the acre,
and sorghum has produced as much as thirty
nine tons per acre of green feed; an almost un
believable amount, and this is a statement which
would not appear in this advertisement if it did
not have behind it the word of. Hugh Ramsay,
who harvested this yield, and a man whose word
is as good as his bond.
Bear in mind that these yields are not
pickecl from the richest portion of the valley, nor
from artificially fertilized patches; these exam
ples are selected purposely at random. Even
more phenomenal jdelds are on record which are
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So from the test of actual production, the
average investigator would conclude that Mim
bres Valley soil is sufficiently fertile.
The soils of the valley yary from a light
sandy to a heavy adobe. In certain sections,
much river silt is encountered. Rex. E. Willard,
soil analyst of the A. & M. College of Xew Mex
ico, after testing the soils of various tracts, states
that his tests as well as the vegetation indicates
a fertile soil and scarcely any alkalies.
Concerning the so-called caliche which oc
curs in various places in the Mimbres Valley,
Mr. Willard states: "An analysis was made of
this material, and aside from the elements which
make up ordinary soils, a very high percentage
of lime was found. There were no injurious al
kalies which give rise frequently to fear of this
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MAIL THIS COUPON TO
Secretary Chamber' of Commerce, 191
Deming, New Mexico
Dear Sir: I am interested in Deming and the Mimbres Valley and would be
pleased to have you send me full information regarding the following: .
MARK X TO THE RIGHT OF SUBJECTS THAT INTEREST YOU MOST
Climate Deeded Land Other Farm Products
Soil Small Tracts Mining
Water City Property Irrigation
Stock Raising Garden Truck Business Openings
Railway Fruit Manufacturing
Relinquishments Alfalfa. Schools
Town and State
Mimbres Valley soils lend themselves ad
mirably to irrigation. There is a hard subsoil
under the surface from IS inches to four or five
feet in the greater portion of the valley which
prevents water used in irrigation from leaking
away before the growing crops have thoroughly
utilized it. This condition also allows water to
be conducted great distances in open ditches
without appreciable loss. As a single instance
of this, the Litle Vineyards Co. irrigated 40
acres in 29 hours last week from two wells lo
cated three miles away from the land to be irri
gated. The water was conducted from the wells
to the land irrigated in an open ditch. In valley
underlaid within a few feet of the surface with
dry gravel deposits, this would be impossible.
In some portions of the west 15 feet of water
is required for alfalfa during a single season. In
he Mimbres Valley it is next to impossible to
use more than forty inches for five cuttings dur
ing the alfalfa season.
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Another advantage that the farmer has in
the Mimbres Valley is the general evenness of
the land. The entire valley slopes at the rate of
about eight feet to the mile from the northwest
to the southeast. Many fields require absolutely
no leveling from the beginning. Others require
little, while on an average $5 per acre will level
the land for irrigation. Compare this expense
with the $30 and $40 per acre required in many
parts of California, Arizona and Xew Mexico.
To sum the matter up, this may be said for
Mimbres Valley soils: phenomenal yields indi
cate great fertility; absolutely no alkalies or
salts in injurious quantities; admirable adapta
tion to irrigation; small leveling expense neces
sary. "PUREST WATER IN AMERICA"
For more complete information concerning soils or any other
point touching upon the Mimbres Valley, address the
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