[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 2d I wrote A long letter to Freedom & Shuah Moulton. I Recieved the 24 No of vol X of the Millennial Star of Dec 15th. It was truly an interesting paper. It Contained interesting letters from the valley of the Salt Lake. The following is an Extract from A letter written by P. P. Pratt in August of 1848:
"We are blessed in gardens, in wheat, in Corn And in all things I have set my hands unto. I have raised some sixty bushels of good wheat without Irrigations A few bushels of rye & oats, And my corn in the field looks as well as any corn I ever saw in the states. The wheat Crop exceeds all expectation. Oats do better than in the States say 60 bushels to one sowing on sod ground. Every kind of vegetable suited to the northern latitudes does well. Levi Hancock sowed Eleven pounds wait of calafornia wheat on the 14th April And reaped twenty two bushels the latter part of July. He sowed half a bushel of Common English wheat on An Acre And A half And reaped upwards of twenty bushels. One grain of seven eared wheat produced seventy two ears. Barley that was sown ripened And was reaped And Carried off. The land then was irrigated And produced from the roots A fresh crop four times the quantity of the first Crop. Oats that were sown produced a good crop And cleared. The roots again sprung up And produced Another beautiful crop. Three Crops of Peas ripened on the same spot of ground And the peas of the crop raised used for seed. Beet seed planted this spring produced beets As thick as A mans leg And go to seed And yield A large quantity. Cabbage seed planted this spring produces seed Again." And any other good things were said.
Well may the Saints Praise the Lord And Shout Hosannah for He has led his People through the wilderness deliverd them from his Enemies And given them A goodly land that brings forth in its strength. Praise Ye the Lord all his Saints for his loving kindness unto us.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]