Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

Flashback on farming 1908 style


January 11, 2018

Dawnna Merryfield

A sample of early farming equipment at the Texas Trail Museum.

While looking through old newspapers at the Pine Bluffs Post, an original paper dated April 10, 1908 had many articles regarding farming in it's content. The Post would like to share some of the topics that were related to farming in 1908.



Prof. J.D. Tewar of the Wyoming experiment station, writes as follows on field peas for pigs: "Throughout the high altitude districts of Wyoming, field peas seem to be a most successful crop. They withstand arid conditions fairly well, at the same time responding with much more luxuriant growth to judicious applications of water.

At the Wyoming experiment station farm at Laramie, which is 7,200 feet above sea level, field peas are a staple crop and have given excellent results when fed to pigs as well as sheep and lambs.

The analysis of the peas grown on high altitudes show a high percentage of protein as well as a coefficient of digestibility which is above the average. At the altitude of Laramie, field peas are grown as feed for lambs, and as such give excellent results, and the lambs fattened on field pea pasture have generally topped the market.

Pigs following lambs in these pastures have laid on fat remarkably well and produced excellent pork. The practice of growing field peas to be pastured by lambs and the following of the lambs by the pigs promises to be one of the prominent systems of stock feeding in southern Wyoming, and there seems to be no reason why the same practice would not prove profitable in northern Wyoming.

One extensive grower of field peas has recently told me that he can fatten on an acre from seven to ten lambs and produce 400 to 500 pounds of pork and the pasture left by the lambs.

If the peas are to be mown or harvested, an admixture of about one-third oats would serve to keep the pea vines off the ground and greatly aid in the harvesting operations. In fact, oat or barley sown with the peas are an advantage in keeping the vines up from the ground. For a small field to be pastured by pigs, the oats are not necessary, as the peas will grow just as abundantly and the pigs can get at the grain equally well if sown alone, It seems there would be no doubt of the success of field peas for pigs in any portion of Wyoming, yet more positive proof of the success of this practice can be obtained only by a trial."

Just a word of advice from The Pine Bluffs Post in 1908

There are two plans for keeping a farm in order. The one is to set aside a date as annual clearing house event, as the housewife does, and let things slide the rest of the time. The other is to aim and keep up the little ends of things from day to day. The latter plan is by far the most preferable, as no doubt most careful farmers will agree.


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