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25 > Image 25 of Annual report. 1906

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

' il I .#ldu.Zteidnts cmd Weed Seeds of Seed Samples. 11 8S . MIANIMOTH CLOVER AND ITS ADULTERANTS. 2C` This finer clover is not so' well known in Kentucky as it should _ h- U be, and genuine seeds are note often seen in our market. It is adapt- ,; I ed to rather wet soils, and may prove hardy where the common _ fg clover fails. The plant is larger, more hairy, and the flowers appear a little later. In general the two plants are so much alike that ` $1; the differences would be passed unnoticed. The seeds resemble each G other so closely that good characters for their recognition cannot be ' w H given. In colors,. shapes and sizes they agree very closely, and the - _ Ot only direction inswhich fraud is likely to be practiced is in substi- . lg tuting theseeds of ,the ordinary red clover for those of this rarer u species. Seed decidedly wider at one end, indentation decided; g scar nearly median. Size, 0.08 by 0.06 by 0.04 inch. Colors like ' those of red clover seed. Even the purple line from the scar toward _ lg . the small end, is present; * Fig. S, B. T . p Ai.i=A1.i=A AvNlj irs ADULTERANTS. (ij tl This plant has becoane popular of late because of a general Ii recognition of its many gooid qualities, and also because red clover, - dear to cveryfarmer, has not recently grown as well in some parts S of Kentucky as it did formerly. The difficulties with clover are of ny S several different sorts. I find, (1), that some seed produces plants Q 1 _ that are little more than animals and when allowed to grow at will and bloom,_these varieties are likely to show a decided falling off - ` the second year`if they doi not fail entirely. (2) A small beetle l I (System; blonde) has been found to attack very young plants, and - .' sometimes destroys whole plantings before the owner becomes aware that mischief is gding on. Some of our soils have been - so completely exhausted of humus that clover will not grow in them ' unless they are fertilized with manure. (el) Finally, it seems prob- I able that acidity of the soil is in some cases responsible for failures, i_ i a trouble which might easily be remedied by applications of lime. .1 This is not the place to discuss these matters at length, and further " { . reference to them must be left for a later publication. I. .\lfali`a, too, has its difficulties, but through ill-considered as- _ scrtions appearing in newspapers and magazines, farmers gener- u