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Cato1 says, also, that there are some crops which tend to nourish the earth: thus, for instance, corn land is manured by the lupine, the bean, and the vetch; while, on the other hand, the chick-pea exercises a contrary influence, both because it is pulled up by the roots and is of a salt nature; the same is the case, too, with barley, fenugreek, and fitches, all of which have a tendency to burn up2 corn land, as, in fact, do all those plants which are pulled up by the roots. Take care, too, not to plant stone-fruits on corn land. Virgil3 is of opinion, also, that corn land is scorched by flax, oats, and poppies.

1 De Re Rust. 37.

2 "Exsugunt," "suck up," or "drain," is one reading in Cato; and it is not improbable that it is the correct one.

3 Georg. i. 77, 78: "Urit enim lini campum seges, urit avenæ,
Urunt Lethæo perfusa papavera somno."

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