The Business of Farming: A Manual of Farm Methods for Oklahoma 1924 Clarence Roberts ~ Scarce Pre-Dust Bowl ~ Crops/Livestock


Title: The Business of Farming: A Manual of Farm Methods for Oklahoma

Author: Clarence Roberts

Description: Boards in burgundy cloth with black lettering and a small image of a plow on the front cover. Shows general soiling and wear. Previous owner's name on ffep. Some scattered minor page soiling. More than 140 illustrations from photographs. pp. [8], 385. Scarce.

Pre-Dust Bowl guide to farming in Oklahoma. Written with the vocational side of farming in mind, towards the making of farming as a profitable business for the reader, and the solving the problems of production, farm management, marketing, etc., including much emphasis on soil fertility as its foundation and crop and livestock management.

The introduction, written by Prof. Bradford Knapp of the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College, states that this is the ''first serious effort to outline the basic and important facts necessary to successful farming in Oklahoma.'' At many points, the author points out that successful farming brings in the revenue needed to build good schools, which in turn provide good benefit for the farmers. He also in keen to point out the importance of the proper yard plantings for farm homes.

Covers soil fertility, humus, legumes for the soil, manure, crop rotation, fertilizer and lime; plowing and cultivating; work stock, machinery, and farm labor; crop options (cotton, wheat, broomcorn, oats, barley, sorghum, forage and hay crops, alfalfa, other legumes); orchards and home gardens; rainfall; milk cows, hogs, poultry, beef, sheep; planning and financing the farm; the farm home; with the final forty pages on market strategies.

Clarence Roberts (1890-1942), after graduating from Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1915 joined The Oklahoma Farmer-Stockman newspaper and served as its associate-editor and then as editor until his death.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: Harlow Publishing Company
Place: Oklahoma City
Year: 1924

Keywords: farming, manual, midwest, 1920s, Twenties, agriculture, crops,

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