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Alfalfa Serving a Double Purpose

Alfalfa grown on a levee along the Sacramento River. Besides one of its values as a forage crop, alfalfa in this case is being used as a binder for levee. Plants taken from the scene depicted here have been found to have thrown their roots more than 25 feet through water, and this mass of root forms a network which holds the levee secure. At the right will be seen a cherry orchard which earned a profit of more than $700 per acre in 1914. It will be a surprise to middle western farmers to learn that this reclaimed land along the Sacramento River is so rich that in spite of all the extra expense and in spite of the fact that twenty dollars per acre is assessed to keep up the levees, it still earns net profits of from $500 to $1,000 per acre.

Alfalfa Serving a Double Purpose

This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 8 Chapter 3