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THIRTY-EIGHTH

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SECRETARY

OF THE

MASSACHUSETTS

BOARD OF AGRICULTURE,

TOGETHER WITH THE

EIGIITII ANNUAL REPORT OF THE

STATE AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION.

1890.

BOSTON:
WRIGHT & POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS,

18 l'ost OFFICE SQUARE.

1891.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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The State Board of Agriculture, .

Report of the Secretary to the Legislature,

Address of J. Lewis Ellsworth, President Worcester Agricultural

Society,

Lecture: What have o:ar Esperiment Stations done for the Farmers?

By Prof. G. II. Whitcher,

Lecture: Birds of Massachusetts. By Dr. B. H. Warren,

Address of His Excellency Governor J. Q. A. Brackett,

Lecture: The Dairy Temperament of Cows. By Governor W. D.

HIoard,

Lecture: Some Conditions for Success in New England Agricult-

ure. By Dr. G. M. Twitchell, .

Lecture: Law, or Nature's Modes of Action. By Prof. I. P.

Roberts,

Lecture : The Agriculture of the Nile Valley. By John E.

Russell,

Lecture: 'The Horse. By C. M. Winslow,

Lecture: What can Legislation do for Agriculture? By T. S. Gold,

Minutes of the Annual Meeting, .

Report of the Examining Committee of the Agricultural College,

Report on the Forests of Massachusetts,

Report on the Birds of Massachusetts,

Essay: The Promotion of Agriculture. By F. H. Appleton,

Essay: Care and Management of Milch Cows. By G. L. Clemence,

Essay: The Farmer; his Relations to the Manufacturer and

Mechanic. By J. G Avery,

Essay: The Board of Agriculture and the Agricultural Societies ;

can they Broaden and Improve their Work? By W. II. Bowker, .

Essay: Essentials to Success in Farming. By P. M. Harwood,

Financial and Premium Tables,

Directory of Agricultural and Similar Organizations,

The State Board of Agriculture, history of,

Lettuce and Cucumber Culture under Glass,

The Grape Industry in Massachusetts,

The Dairy Industry in Massachusetts,

Cattle Commissioners' Report,

Index, .

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STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE.

Members ex officio.
His EXCELLENCY WM. E. RUSSELL.

His HONOR WM. H. HAILE.
Hon. WY. M. OLIN, Secretary of the Commonwealth.
H, H. GOODELL, M.A., President Massachusetts Agricultural College.

Members Appointed by the Governor and Council.
JAMES W. STOCKWELL of Sutton,
JAMES 8. GRINNELL of Greenfield,
ELBRIDGE CUSHMAN of Lakeville,

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Members Chosen by the Incorporated Societies. Ameshury and Salisbury (Agr”?} F. W. SARGENT of Amesbury,

1891 Altleborough (Agr’ı Assoc'n), : ISAAC ALGER of Attleborough,

1891 Barnstable County, NATHAN EDSON of Barnstable,

1892 Bay State,

F.H. APPLETON of Peabody(P.O. Lynnfield), 1893 Berkshire,

CHAS. A. MILLS of South Williamstown, 1894 Blackstone Valley,

HENRY A. COOK of Northbridge (P. 0.
Whitinsville),

1894 Bristol County, N. W. SHAW of North Raynham,

1893 Deerfield Valley, J. D. AVERY of Buckland,

1893 Eastern Hampden, WM. HOLBROOK, M.D., of Palmer,

1891 Essex, .

\ BENJAMIN P. WARE of Marblehead (P.0.
Clifton),

1893 Franklin County, J. C. NEWHALL of Conway,

1892 Ilampden, C. F. FOWLER of Westfield,

1991 llampshire, D. A. HORTON of Northampton,

1892 Ilampshire, Franklin and Hampden, E. C. CLAPP of Northampton, .

1894 Ilighland, HIRAM TAYLOR of Middlefi. ld,

1893 lillside, WM. BANCROFT of Chesterfield,

1893 Hingham (Agrl and Ilort'l), EDMUND HERSEY of Hingham,

1891 lloosac Valley, A. J. BUCKLIN of Adams,

1894 Housatonic, J. H. ROWLEY of Egremont Plain,

1891 Marshfield (Agrland Hort''), L. S. RICHARDS of Marshfield Hills,

1894 Martha's Vineyard, . N. S. SHALER of Cambridge, .

1892 Massachusetts, E. F. BOWDITCH of Framingham,

1894 Massachusetts llorticultural, E. W. WOOD of West Newton,

1894 Middlesex, . W. W. RAWSON of Arlington,

1894 Middlesex North, A. C. VARNUM of Lowell,

1892 Middlesex South, 8. B. BIRD of Framingham,

1893 Nantucket, GEO. H. GARDNER of Nantucket,

1894 Oxford, D. M. HOWE of Charlton (P'. 0. Oxford),

1892 Plymouth County,

AUGUSTUS PRATT of No. Middleborough,. 1893 Spencer (Far's and Mech's Assoc'n), J. G. AVERY of Spencer, .

1892 Union, C. B. HAYDEN of Blandford, .

1892 Weymouth (Agrii ani Ind'i), Q. L. REED of South Weymouth,

1894 Worcester, C. L. HARTSHORN of Worcester,

1893 Worcester East,

W. A. KILBOURN of South Lancaster, . 1894 Worcester North, GEORGE CRUICKSHANKS of Fitchburg,

1893 Worcester North-west, WM. H. BOWKER of Boston, .

1892 Worcester South, G. L. CLEMENCE of Souihbridge, .

1892 Worcester County West, P. M. IIARWOOD of Barre,

1893
Becretary of the Board, WILLIAM R. SESSIONS of Hampden.
Chemist to the Board, C. A. GOESSMANN, Ph.D., LL.D., of Amherst.
Entomologist to the Board, C. II. FERNALD, Ph.D., of Amherst.
Office of the Secretary, Commonwealth Building, Boston.

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