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moisture too long at any season of the year, (and
most soils do,) it will be materially benefited by
draining ; and in fact I am well convinced that most
of the "winter-killed young fruit trees, especially the
peach, in many places, as well as the winter-killing
of many valuable shrubs, vines and evergreens,
which survive the winter in some places in this



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latitude, and are destroyed in others, is more to be
attributed to excessive moisture in the soil during
cold weather than to all other causes combined.
}nly estimate the increased value of the land
by saying that I have the past year made over
1,200 rods on 20 acres, at a cost of about $25 per
acre ; and that I should not permit such land to re-
main without such draining, even were the expense
doubled. Most of the lands so drained have been
purchased by me immediately preceding the con-
struction of the drains, and their very recent con-
struction precludes the possibility of giving the
specific and comparative productive capacity before
and after draining ; though on much of it very light
crops have been grown for many years past, and no
good crop of wheat has been raised on it for a long
time; but the reason has not heretofore, to my
knowledge, been ascribed to an excess of water,
which I believe to have been the principal cause of
the non-productiveness of the land. From the ex-
perience of two seasons on the small quantity first
drained, I am of the opinion that the increased value
of the land is much greater than the cost of con-
structing the drains, but more time is needed to fully
test with accuracy the benefits to result therefrom.

Thus 1 have in three years constructed over nine
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EXPERIMENTS IN DRAINING.



miles of drain of the three kinds herein named, on
land which most farmers thought unnecessary to
drain, and which they felt assured could not be
drained with profit. But, notwithstanding, I doubt
not the result will be not only a source of profit to
myself, but a great inducement to many others to
go about the work themselves.

Thus I have rather hastily thrown together the
result of my practical experience on this subject.

"Which is respectfully submitted for your consid-
eration.

T. G. YEOMANS.

B. P. JOHNSON, Esq.,

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