The great trouble, in a money-making way, with most of the American farmers, is, that they do not place0 a roper estimate upon the small things. Branch of industry has suffered more from this neglect than farming. In the older countries of the world where the population is dense and land for farming scarce, necessarily the little things must be studied and utilized in the economics of the farm. In China and Japan the farms consist of only a fraction of an acre and the man in Germany who cultivates ten acres is quite an important personage. In some of the older states of t is country farming is conducted upon a few acres, but in this great unlimited outdoors of the Central and Southwest the trick has not yet been learned to fence in only a few acres and to cultivate. These in a manner to yield large results. Too much energy is still being wasted-in the effort to get one hundred bushels of corn from five acres, when an acre and a half should produce the same quantity.
Only a few years ago in South Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, the farmer thought he had performed his full duty when he planted his fields in corn, wheat and oats. If he had his crop planted in good time and the season was favorable, he sometimes came out ahead.
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