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ARTICLE_TEXT <p><i><b>Weekly North West Conservator</b></i>, Richmond, Mo. (Ray County), March 19, 1863, page 3.</p> <p style="text-align: left">Raise Flax&mdash;We hope that each of our farmer friends will <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flax">cultivate and prepare</a>, during the coming season, a crop of flax. The scarcity of cotton should admonish all to heed this suggestion. An acre of good land will yield about ten bushels of seed and from one to two tons of straw. The seed is worth about $3.20 per bushel. The land should be prepared to same as for oats, and the seed should be sown about the 1st of April.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left"><img height="175" alt=" Flax" hspace="5" width="130" align="right" vspace="1" src="/lochist/userfiles/images/resized/Flax_130x175.jpg" />This article comes from a newspaper borrowed from the <a href="http://shs.umsystem.edu/index.shtml">State Historical Society of Missouri</a>.&nbsp; You can view a list, by county, of <a href="http://shs.umsystem.edu/newspaper/index.shtml">newspapers</a> that they own.&nbsp; If you have a current library card, you can order their microfilm through the <a href="http://thelibrary.org/lochist/ill.cfm">Springfield-Greene County Library</a>.&nbsp; If you don't live in Greene County, Mo. check with your local library to borrow the film.&nbsp; Older Springfield newspapers on microfilm can be viewed at the Library Center.</p>
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Flax

Weekly North West Conservator, Richmond, Mo. (Ray County), March 19, 1863, page 3.

Raise Flax—We hope that each of our farmer friends will cultivate and prepare, during the coming season, a crop of flax. The scarcity of cotton should admonish all to heed this suggestion. An acre of good land will yield about ten bushels of seed and from one to two tons of straw. The seed is worth about $3.20 per bushel. The land should be prepared to same as for oats, and the seed should be sown about the 1st of April. 

 FlaxThis article comes from a newspaper borrowed from the State Historical Society of Missouri.  You can view a list, by county, of newspapers that they own.  If you have a current library card, you can order their microfilm through the Springfield-Greene County Library.  If you don't live in Greene County, Mo. check with your local library to borrow the film.  Older Springfield newspapers on microfilm can be viewed at the Library Center.


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