The Irrigation Question.

Issue 3 and Volume 1891 10.

The Irrigation Question. The gradual contraction of our grain-producing areas, the modern stampede of population to industrial centres, and the constant increase in food consumption are, remarks The Age of Steel, by the force of an economic necessity, making the reclamation of our arid sections a question of vital importance. It is estimated that not less than 100,000,000 acres of arid land on the western domain of the United States are reclaimable by irrigation. Experiments have already proven what can be done where water is obtainable. The experiments made in 1S70 at Greeley, Col., and at Riverside, Cal., have established the success of irrigation. The one produces potatoes and the other oranges, and both in sufficient quantities to be of commercial value. Another Californian colony, by using the same means, produced last year no less than 18,000,000 pounds of raisins. The amount of reclaimable land in one section of the…

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