This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
This is another plant of late introduction from China, and which is now sought after in all sections of the Union, wherever its name and fame have been sounded. This plant will grow from Maine to Florida, and prodnco an abundance of syrup superior to the best from sugar refineries, and can of course be turned into dry sugar as easily as the syrup from the true sugar-cane.
Mr. Peters, of Atlanta, Ga., has been experimenting with it, and says "that, on ordinary soil, it will produce from 346 to 468 gallons of syrup to the acre, and that every farmer can make his own syrup at a cost not exceeding fifteen cents per gallon." It is believed by some, that it will supersede the true sugar-cane even in Louisiana. In the Middle and Eastern States, it will probably not produce so much saccharine matter as in the South; yet it will be well worth cultivating, if only for the syrup, should it yield only 300 gallons per acre. What other crop can be cultivated that " will pay" as well? As a forage plant, cultivated broad-cast, cut while young, and tender for soiling, or dried for winter fodder, it is believed that it will be far superior to Indian corn, or any other forage plant yet known.