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H Saturday, November ariyg. T H JE D JC g & R i LT JTARMJBK jj I
I "Leading Implement Dealers," Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming. Main Offices Salt Lake, Utah I
1 coosflimaiefl uiagoi) & jnaciie Go.
Branches: Ogden, Logan, Price Utah Jos. F. Smith, President Mclvin D. Wells, Scc.-Treas. GE0 T QDELL Gen Mgr.
Branches: Idaho Falls, Montpelier Idaho W. S. McCornick, Vicc-Prcst. Grant Hampton, Asst. Scc-Trcas. ' '
It's a pleasure to refer you to Sweet's Common Sense y77777 I
gSaJJajMS b ' a y mon Sense Bobs means ease of draft, and bigger loads .jCTxv IVni yv I
for you. Prices and terms to your liking. ""' ' -
only once in two years has been prac
ticed on an extensive scale and with
ij gneat success,, while in every state of
the west fanning is carried on more
J or less here aaul there without irriga
tion and with a scant rainfall.
I would not presume to give prac
.1 tical people such as you arc, many
j of yon vcrsccB in the science and prac-
I ticc of dry farming much better than
I I, a lecture or extended advice on the
A subject, but there arc some general
& propositions which have come under
I my observation that may possibly be
useful to you. The first of these is
E that the successful growing of ccr-
j tain classes of crops on lands which
J do not contain too great a percentage
uj of clay is with a limited rainfall and
J without artificial irrigation has long
I since ceased to be an experiment.
f Second, that so-caillcd dry farming
under reasonably favorable conditions
! and by the use of proper methods is
I but a little less certain and satisfac-
I tory in its results than ordinary farm-
J ing in the average country of heavy
rainfall, and much more satisfactory
than in many regions of heavy rain
fall with poor soil. My personal
opinion is based on quite exten ve
observation that the most satisfactory
results will.be. obtained in most re
gions having less than eighteen or
twenty inches of annual precipitation
by biennial cropping and summer til
lage. I 'believe that in the running of
thq years the farmer will get more
dollars per acre per annum from his
farm by this method than by annual
I cropping and with less labor and ex
pense. The only exception -I should
make to this rule is in cases where a
cultivated crop like corn or particu
larly potatoes or other roots is fol
lowed by a grain crop.
No one who has had any experience
in dry farming needs to be advised
that in every dry farming rcgiori
adapted to the growth of winter grain
such crops arc the most certain and
satisfactory, neither docs any ex
perienced dry farmer need to be told
that ground should be plowed in the
fall to produce the best results and
that it must be plowed deep is so fun
damental a proposition that the veri
est npvicc understands it. Above all,
in season and out of season, and be
tween seasons, the drying and baking
surface must be broken.
The success of dry farming under
proper conditions is the hope of the
semi-arid west, for it makes possible
the settlement of vast areas that oth
erwise would produce only the scant
forage which unaided nature pro
vides. In its development it will
double, possibly treble, the cultivated
area of the so-called arid states. It is
the hand maiden and supplement of
irrigation, for as time passes and pop
ulation increases in density, the high
priced irrigated lands must be used
exclusively for the growth of crops
of large value per acre, thus rendering
the entire western country dependent
for its cereals and certain classes of
forage upon the unirrigated lands.
Dry farming will also prove a help
ful ally to aid to the live stock indus
try, for after the last .word has been
said and the last aqre . that cam be
profitably : irrigated .and .-can;- be suc
c4rfnUy tfry farmed' in'Oijr wester?!
country, has been brought under cul
tivation, the major portion -of our inter-mountain
territory will still re
main as a permanent grazing region
interspersed with the irrigated valleys
and the dry farm uplands affording
within icasy access the feed and for
age which relieves the stock industry
of the dangerous clement of chance
and makes possible the improvement
of our live stock -and its finishing at
home, so that wte shall become the
producers of a finished article rather
than of a raw material, thereby se
curing the profits which now goes to
As the representative of the people
of "Wyoming I made every earnest
effort last winter to secure what I
conceived to be a more nearly ade
quate dry farming homestead than
the present homestead of 160 acres.
An energetic dry farmer who has a
sufficient amount of stock can care
for morie than 160 acres of land. If
he crops only half of his land each
year he needs more than 160 acres.
In any event he ought to have a lit
tle pasture and under the average
conditions he must have a greater
acreage than 160 acres to be assured
of success. While the legislation we
sought passed both the House and the
Senate, it failed of enactmjent into law
by reason of the insistancc of Senator
Smoot upon his non-resident pro
vision and the refusal of the House
to agree to the same. The legisla
tion, however, still remains upon the
Speaker's table and may Ibc called up
ajt any time during the coming ses
sion of Congress. whem..thte opportuni
ty offers.
Two hundred students of Hcnagcr's
Business College were tendered a re- I
ccption and musicalc, by J. C. Hcna- I
gcr, head of the institution, in the
Commercial Club Friday evening. It
was the occasion of the first annivcr- I
sary of the establishment of Hcna- I
gcr's Business College and the affair I
developed into one of the most charm-
ing social events of the school season. I
The entertainment was held in the M
Commercial Club rooms from 9 I
o'clock to 10:30, and from 8 to 9 and I
10:30 to midnight the students en- fl
joyed games and other social forms of I
enjoyment in the rooms of the col- I
lege, in the rear of the Commercial
Club building. J. G. Hcnager, the
hqst, presided over the entire even-
(ug's entertainment and pleasure m
reigned supreme during the festive
Judge William H. King "delivered I
the address of the occasion, in which
he told of the high ideals in life for I
which each student should strive. M
Refreshments of punch, ice cream, M
cake and coffee were served in th I
club's dining room after the .program
The Ibig party then adjourned back to
the school rooms, which were attrac-
tivcly decorated with Japanese Ian-
terns, streamers, flags, etc., and I
whilcd away the time in merry fashion
until the midniph- hour. I
The llcnager school is making most I
rapid) progress in business educational
work, and is turning out hundreds of I
vigorous, well trained young business I
men and women annually to reinforce
the crfeat army of business enterprise. V

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