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Image 10 of Annual report. 1906

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v g . _ x Nineteenth Annual Report of they L Division of Entomology and Botany.—The testing and im- — · proving of forage plants have been continued in the plots, of <° which there are now 147. There are few forage plants calcu- - M p A lated to be of value` in Kentucky that have not, at one time- or _ _ another, been tested here, and the information obtained from _ . § these experiments has been in constantdemand in correspond- ‘ :4 I V ence with farmers. ~ ' ·· The rotation of plots arranged some yea1·s ago with the United ._ t l ‘ States Department of Agriculture is still continued, and begins . i ° · F _ to show results. A second series started in the spring of 1906 A i i on a somewhat different basis are also promising interesting ‘ J A i i results. i ‘ V ‘ C j Q Seed inspection under the law passed by the last Legislature ’ § _ has occupied a good deal of· time in this Division during the L l year. Four hundred samples of seed have been examined under C the law, and thirty found adulterated—-some of them badly 1 jg, adulterated, bluegrass seed being adulterated, with Canada blue- . , g1·ass seed, and orchard grass seed with rye grass seed. That ` - E the inspection work being done is having a good effect is shown · g by the small number of adulterated samples secured by our ` Tl collectors in territories visited a second time. During the past year, nearly all the adulterated samples were secured in places I that had not previously been visited. This law makes no pro- visions for payment of inspection, but the Station has under- it taken to carry out its provisions, and the expenses incurred have —.·.» l_ been met out of the fertilizer and feed funds. i _} As State Entomologist,IProfessor Garman has inspected, dur- . ° ing the year, every nursery in Kentucky. He states that some C , were found to bein an unsatisfactory condition and a second ,_ fg- L inspection was required. _ In one case a nursery was found in- A 4 fested with San Jose scale. The trees were at once saturated .»‘_ f TQ with coal oil and burned, and no other evidence of the presence lf of the pest in nurseries has been observed. _ · Some experiments, promising interesting results to fruit growers, have recently been undertaken by this Division in Har- - din County on a commercial orchard. Twenty-four trees, con- _ sisting of two varieties oftwelve each, have been set aside for Y some careful spraying tests to show the benefit of different treat- ments. The treeshave already been sprayed once, and will be followed throughout the season and results will be carefully t ` noted. _ · i to if