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The Lucerne Proposition [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
The Lucerne Proposition Of all the various ways in which a £0 acre irrigable farm may be utilised, the lucerne proposition has perhaps the most to recommend it. Settlers are apparently convinced of this, for they are putting down large areas with this best of foddei plants. . At the present time there is ap proximately 1000 acres on the Areas under lucerne, and this year, in all probability, an additional 2000 acres will be planted. There are several facts which make lucerne growing particularly attractive. In the first place, no matter of what class of soil a block may consist, there is hardly room for doubt but that lucerne will thrive with proper care and atten tion. In the second place, once estab lished, it is little trouble. The life of the plant under ordinary conditions is perhaps ten years, and even then much of the stand will show remarkable vitality. As lucerne has the property of being able to extract the nitrogen it requires from the atmosphere it does not impoverish th...
NAMING NEW TOWNS AND VILLAGES. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
NAMING NEW TOWNS AND VILLAGES. In connection with the cutting up into (irrigation blocks o)f the old Gogeldrie Station, which embraces an area of about 80,000 acres, arrangements are being made for the design of several new towns and villages. The first subdivision of the Go geldrie Estate will be known as the 16th portion of the Yanco Area; it will extend from the Yanco boundary to the borders of Whitton, and arrangements ?re also being made for a new station on the south-western line, half-way between Yanco and Whitton. It is pro Dosed to call this station " Gogeldrie." Sites have also been selected for two vil lages some miles to the north-east and north-west of the new town; these are to be named - " Waugh" and " Stanbridge," after the former owners of the Gogeldrie Station, Messrs. Waugh and Stanbridge. The Commissioner has formally approved of these names, and the Under Secretary for Lands has concurred.
VEGETABLE GROWING. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
VEGETABLE GROWING. An additional illustration of the profit to be made out of vegetable growing during the early days of an orchard, is furnished by the experience of the Mer bein Settlement. In a recent article re garding the struggles of the Merbein set tlers, whose vines and fruit trees are com ing into bearing, the "Mildura Cultivator" points out that some of the men whose blocks are now amongst the best develop ed of the Settlement kept the pot boil ing during their early years by growing vegetables. In the case of Merbein it should be remembered that the Settle ment is 358 miles by rail from Mel bourne, and the irrigation has been done by means of a pumping plant which does not give the settlers anything like the ro tation those on the Murrumbidgee Irriga tion Areas have. It appears that the greatest success at Merbein has been obtained with toma toes, peas and beans, and it is well known that these are, of course, vegetables which do best without a great deal of constant wate...
FORTNIGHTLY SALES. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
FORTNIGHTLY SALES. The Manager of the Co-operative Society has recently been granted a public auc tioneer's license. It is intended to hold a series of fortnightly sales, when sundry lines as offering will be disposed of. The first of these sales took place on Satur day, the 28th ultimo, when horses, harness (for which the society has the agency), poultry, and other goods were offered to a fairly large attendance of buyers. The next sale will be held on Easter Saturday, and it is intended to make a special fea ture of vegetables. Other goods will bs offered as well. The society is making an endeavor to establish a market which should be of very great convenience to settlers whether they are shareholders in the society or not, since it should be the means of bring ing those who have anything to sell into touch with buyers who might not other wise be met.
Tobacco Growing. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
Tobacco Growing. In this article there is printed a photo graph relating to tobacco growing. Some information in connection with the work involved in cultivating an area of to bacco may be of interest to " Record" readers. Messrs. McMurtrie Brothers' plot, which is 15 acres in extent, has been farmed on the share sys tem by Messrs. McCrae and Broomfield, who have practically done all the work themselves. The soil is in pretty good physical condition, and the tobacco bears evidence of having received considerable care and attention. The planting out was done by means of a " Bemis" to bacco transplanter, and took practically two months to complete. Since then the crop has been irrigated at least once a fortnight. During the early stages the waterings were more frequent. The necessary cultivation and attention re quired by the plants, such as the removal of pests, topping, &c., has fully occupied the time of the two men. As a matter of fact, a small amount of additional labor h...
STOCK ON THE DRY AREA. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
STOCK ON THE DRY AREA. The horsemaster has drawn attention to the fact that a1 considerable number of poddy calves and other stock in poor condition have been placed on the dry area-particularly " Diamond Hill," Ma juba, and Quondong paddocks-apparently without authority, since there is no re cord of the stock ever having been plac ed on agistment, according to the official register. Moreover, the fact that the calves, etc., have been recently branded seems to show that settlers short of grass have turned the stock out to take their chance on the Commissioner's run. At the present time of the year water is very scarce in the big dry area pad docks, and feed is far from plentiful. In these circumstances, therefore, it is more than likely that any stock turned out in poor condition will die unless carefully watched. It would appear, however, that the few settlers who have endeavored to show the Commissioner a point in con nection with this " matter have overstep ped the mark, as, alth...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
Murrumbidgee Irrigation Areas. The Chance for Thousands of Land-Seekers. The Orchardist, Dairyman, Pig Farmer, Lamb-Raiser, Viticulturist, Vegetable Grower, Tobacco Grower, Ostrich Farmer, Poultryman, Bee Farmer,, and general agriculturist has now the opportunity of his life to secure an irrigation farm com posed of some of the richest soils on earth. No anxiety as regards drought. No hardships which usually beset the pioneer. Liberal State assistance. Practical results, as shown by Ex hibits, now to be seen at the Agricultural Pavilion, Show Ground. This paper is published by the Commissioner for Water Conserva tion and Irrigation as an instructive medium for settlers.
Irrigation Record. Published Fortnightly under the authority of the Commissioner for Irrigation at Leeton, New South Wales, Australia. Address all communications to The Editor, "Irrigation Record," Leeton, N.S.W. Evolution of a Great Irrigation Scheme. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
Irrigation Record. Published Fortnightly under the authority of the Commissioner for Irrigation at Leeton, New South Wales, Australia. Address all communications to The Editor, "Irrigation Record," Leeton, N.S.W. Evolution of a Great Irrigation Scheme. The story of the evolving of the Mur rumbidgee Irrigation Scheme is an in teresting chapter in the rural develop ment of New South Wales. The lands of the Riverina acquired by graziers in the early days for producing merino wool became renowned for their fertility of soil and remarkable capacity for pro ducing indigenous grasses. In later years wheat growing in a section of this terri tory, having a better annual rainfall, has been carried on with varying success, governed by propitious seasons. It soon became manifest that fallowing the land, with the attendant moisture conserva tion through keeping the surface culti vated, was the mainspring of economic v crop production. Although a seeming paradox, there is a close relationship be ...
Dairying. SURVEY OF THE YEAR'S WORK. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
Dairying. SURVEY OF THE TEAR'S WORE. The dairying industry on the Murrum bidgee Irrigation Areas may be said to have commenced in April of last year, when the Butter Factory was officially opened. There were then 12 settlers who were milking about 100 cows altogether. The output of butter per week was in the neighborhood of a quarter of a ton. To-day there are 90 settlers milking ap proximately 900 cows, and the output of the factory per week is two tons. Leeton butter has already established it self , as a first-class article, and the supply is hardly equal, to the demand from the Area and adjacent towns. Some few con signments have been sent from time to time to Sydney. These have uniformly realised top market prices. It is con* fidently anticipated that there will be another big increase in dairying during the winter, as additional herds of cows are being continually brought to 'the Areas. Only this week a dairyman from Camden, who has taken up a block, has . commenced operations...
The Fruit-Growing Industry. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
The Fruit-Growing Industry. It has always been anticipated that the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Areas will become one of the greatest fruit pro ducing centres in Australia; in fact, the Scheme is of such an enormous size that in years to come its fruit production must have an appreciable effect on the world's markets. The conditions for drying and canning almost all varieties of fruits are exceptionally good, and the fact thati splendid returns may be expected by set tlers operating along these lines has been proved by the results obtained to date at the Experiment Farm. The market for fruit, either dried or canned, is world wide, and even at the present time the Australian article has established a first class reputation in the London market. There is not the slightest doubt that the Sultanas in their Second Tear (Mr. W M. Nulty), Farm 252. These grapes bore a small crop this year, and the vines are a fair illustration of what may be expected from vines, on suitable soil, if the necess...
IRRIGATION CHAFF. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
IRRIGATION CHAFF. On more than one occasion recently chaff from the Irrigation Area has topped the Sydney market. An instance of this kind has recently been brought under notice, the sample in question-a truck load-was grown by Mr. G. W. Ziele, Farm 286, and he has received the fol lowing advice in connection with it from the agent effecting the sale : "Truck of chaff No. 6314 to hand to-day, sold 5/3 per cwt., easily topping the mar ket." A similar result was achieved with an other truck of chaff sent forward on a different datp.
SALE OF BULLS TO SETTLERS. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
SALE OF BULLS TO SETTLERS. In order to ensure that dairy stock bred on the Area shall be of good qual ity, the Commissioner has decided to as sist settlers in connection with the pur chase of bulls in the same way as they have been heretofore assisted in connec tion with the purchase of cows. Full particulars as to the conditions to be observed by settlers obtaining stud bulls on terms can be obtained on application to Mr. Fackender. Consideration is also being given to the question as to whether or not it would be advisable for steps to be taken to pre vent the introduction of unsatisfactory bulls, and to provide for the removal from the Area of any bulls of this class which may at present be here. The Manager knows of one or two animals which would be more valuable to the butcher than to their present owners, and it is questionable whether the settlers owning them should not be given notice that they should-before a certain date get rid of these worse-than-useless animals. When th...
SCIENTIFIC WORK AT LEETON SCHOOL. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
SCIENTIFIC WORK AT LEETON SCHOOL. It is interesting to note that a course of experimental agriculture is being con ducted by the head master at the Leeton Public School. So far the experiments have been confined more or less to the classrooms-such things as the capability of the soil, germination of the seed, and other matters of the kind being fully dealt with, a series of lessons being given and illustrated by experiments which help to impress the lessons on the mind. At the present time an interesting experi ment is maturing showing the advantage derived from a good soil mulch. Two long glass tubes have been filled with soil and moistened to the same e:f tent-the top of one tube has been left unprotected while the other has been . covered with a nice mulch. At Ihe pre sent time the soil in the unmulched tube is dry for two or three inches down, while its fellow, provided with the mulch, is quite moist to the top. Little ex periments of this kind cannot fail to have an effect on t...
GENERAL NOTES. WATER STORAGE. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
GENERAL NOTES. WATER STORAGE. In a recent issue of the " Irrigation Record," attention was drawn to the necessity of settlers providing adequate storage for water during the winter months when the irrigation channels would not be running. Further investigation has shown that the matter is even worse than the Mana ger anticipated-no less than 172 farmers at Yanco and 46 at Mirrool having up to the present made no effort to comply with the regulations in this regard. Of course, under these circumstances it is inevitable that trouble must occur during the winter months, but if settlers do not take notice of the repeated warnings pub lished in the " Record," and given to them by responsible officers of the Commis sioner, they will have no one to blame but themselves for their laxity in this re gard. SCIENTIFIC AGRICULTURE AND IRRIGATION PRACTICE. On more than one occasion attention has been drawn in the columns of the "Record" to the fact that works on "Scientific Agriculture and Irriga...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
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SALE OF HORSES TO SETTLERS. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
SALE OF HORSES TO SETTLERS. The attention of settlers at Mirrool is drawn to the fact that about ten horses will be submitted for sale at the Com missioner's yards, Mirrool, at 3 o'clock on the afternoon of Saturday, the ,11th April. Terms : Half cash, and the balance by two equal annual payments, with interest o per cent, added. Nearly all the horses listed have been on hire to settlers at different times.
Poultry Farming. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
Poultry Farming. The following notes have been contri buted by Mr. R. H. Stewart, of Farm 558, Yanco. Mr. Stewart comes with a re putation as a poultry farmer, and in tends to devote his whole attention to the work of increasing the laying power of his flock, &c., &c. May he put up records in all departments of the poultry farming business ! The object of poultry farming on a commercial basis is to make a profit on all capital invested and all wages earned, including one's own time. Making money with hens is not just a question of buying 100 or 1000 good birds, turning them loose on a farm, and collect ing the profit. It requires brains and work. That is the only way money is made with poultry, even on the most successful farms in these States and America. To increase the laying capacity of a flock from 50 to 150 or 200 eggs per hen per year without much extra cost in feed bills is successful poultry farming. Another point to be remembered for ? man whq would become ...
Ostrich Farming. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
Ostrich Farming, Following upon the reference made to Captain Cairnes' recent notes regarding ostrich farming, it will be interesting to " Record" readers to hear what Mr. T. J. Herbert, of Yanco, has to say in regard to the matter, after the two years' ex perience he has had here. Just after taking up his Yanco farm, Mr. Herbert wrote a comprehensive pam phlet on " Ostrich Farming" for the De partment of Agriculture. A copy of this pamphlet can be had on application at the Manager's office, and it can be said that the statements made therein have been actually borne out by practical ex perience. Climatic Conditions.-Mr. Herbert agrees with Captain Cairnes as to the suitability of the south-western portion of the State for ostrich farming, and, as far as Yanco conditions are concerned, he states that its climate is about the same as that o* Oudtshorn, the chief centre of the ostrich farming industry in South Africa. At this place ostriches are run on irrigation farms, and the distri...
VITICULTURE. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
VITICULTURE. A very interesting lecture was delivered by Professor Blunno, Viticulturist to the Department of Agriculture, in the School of Arts, Leeton, on the evening of Thurs day, the 2nd instant. A verbatim report of this lecture will appear in the next issue of the "Record."
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 14 April 1914
THE LEADING FIRE OFFICE IN AUSTRALIA @Assets exceed 122.295.656. ADDU&I IDCOFT)C^7.250.000. & U nde rwn ter. IMERCIAL UNION PERSONAL ACCIDENT. i TsT Fi RE : Acci DENT ASSC-E CO L'-D LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES- THE MURRUMBIDGEE IRRIGATION SETTLERS' Shareholders and Intending Shareholders may Effect fA ADPDATIVP CAflCTV I TH I CCTAKI all Their Insurances Through the Society's Agency vUBVrDI\A 1 1 i D OUvl C 1 I) LI I/i) LEC 1 Vijr TOBACCO. BUY "IBIS" BRAND of locally grown and manufactured Tobacco, obtainable at all Grocers and Tobacconists. N.B.-Try it. To start with, mix with half of your usual brand 'AGRICULTURAL LIME - -HIGH GRADE, £1 pep ton (bags included) at Yanco Station in 5-ton lots. ^or reference as to quality, I have Mr. Thos. D. Williams' (of Yanco) permission to refer intending purchasers to him. W.. NEWTON, 77 Castlereag'h Street, SYDNEY.