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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79

Twelve Inches Growth in Twelve Days

Twelve Inches Growth in Twelve Days.

The different varieties are grown side by side in long narrow strips, and sown in drills. This summer is the second season of growth since first planting. The plots had all been cut twelve days before the date of my visit—December 20—and in the case of the Peruvian variety twelve inches high of fresh growth had been made. This proves the wonderfully rapid growth of lucerne after a cutting. At the time I was there the Peruvian and Arabian varieties looked best as regards growth, but all kinds were doing well. Last year, Mr M'Connell tells me, Hunter River came first and Peruvian fifth for weight of crop. That was the first season of growth, however, and certain kinds may take longer to establish themselves in the ground before they can do their best.