When To Plow Down

If rye has made a good growth before spring, the

roots run deeper than the plow goes, and holds the soil much like a

grass sod. In such a case the plowing may be made early in the spring

without regard to the rye, though organic matter increases rapidly day

by day if the rye is permitted to grow. As a rule, it is safest to plow

down before the plants are eighteen inches high. They dry land out

rapidly, and any mass of matter in the bottom of the furrow interferes

with the rise of water from the subsoil. When the land is wanted for

oats or corn, a jointer should be used on the plow to insure burying

all the crop.

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