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Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin

McKerrow, Geo.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 12: silo and silage PDF (841.8 KB)

                SUPT. GEO. McKERROW
                   MADISON, WISCONSIN
   Silos were first pits in the ground for storing food, now they
are a combination of the pit and above ground structure.
   It is about thirty-five years since the first ones were intro-
ueed into this country and about thirty-three years since the
first one was built in Wisconsin.
   The silo has come into use in this State far more rapidly
than in any other and has been one of the chief factors in our
rapid advance in the dairy industry. There was a time when
Wisconsin had about as many silos as all the other States, and
still has as many as the three next highest combined, and no
State has a better class of silos or needs them more. The day
is not far distant when no Wisconsin farmer will be considered
up-to-date who does not have a silo. Every stockman or dairy-
man who has no silo can afford to pay ten per cent interest on
the money invested in a silo and make five to ten per cent
profit on top of that.
   Corn, which is the natural economic plant for silo filling in
Wisconsin, can be grown throughout the State, even to its
northern extremities, and if caught some seasons by the early
frost is still valuable if put in the silo at once and almost
useless if left out of a silo.
   The lasting types, when building something permanent, are
in the long run the cheapest and best, such as solid concrete,
               stone, glazed tile, brick, cement blocks, etc.
Constraction. Where only temporary silos are wanted, then
               some form of stave structure does very well
and can be moved later. The question of cost and permanence
should decide the kind to build. This matter of cost can be
best determined by cost of material in each locality.

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