The season of 1900 was an unusual one throughout. The large rainfall during the growing months was in most respects favorable to plant growth as indicated by the magnificent crops that were harvested, though for the best results in some forms of experimental work, a drier season is essential. For example, an experiment was undertaken to determine the effect of cutting clover in different stages of maturity upon the quantity and quality of the cured hay from two cuttings, but owing to the difficulty in curing on account of wet weather, the results were not ascertained. The favorable conditions of growth also caused small grains to lodge badly, which greatly interfered with their proper maturity, and also hindered the collection of data regarding the characteristics of varieties. Attention is called to the ample yields recorded in some of the reports which follow. As was said before this was partly due to the favorable growing season together with the fact that many of the experiments were conducted in small areas, a condition generally favorable to large returns. However it must be said that this should not be considered a source of error, as the largest areas were always used consistent with the supplying of uniform conditions throughout each experiment. The size of plot varied from one-fortieth of an acre to five acres. In case of some of the corn experiments whole fields, including as much as twenty acres, on the college farm were devoted to the growing of the best varieties, this being cited to corroborate the results obtained in the smaller plots.
Bulletin: Vol. 5
, Article 1.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/bulletin/vol5/iss55/1