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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1912)

Glover, A. J.
Silage and alfalfa for dairy cows and their values as compared to other crops,   pp. 91-96 PDF (1.2 MB)


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Fortieth Annual Report of the
to make a crop, but it was uniform and those plants were green and
vigorous. Now, if I have stated the facts correctly, would you infer
that if that field were sown to alfalfa that a good crop should be
expected?
Mr. Glover: You might get a good crop. The practice of adding
a little seed with clover for a year or two before you seed it entirely
to alfalfa is a good one. In that way you get your ground inoculated,
because these seeds carry some nitrogen gathering bacteria.
Mr. Dougan: We are trying out a little experiment at my place
We sowed one strip that was inoculated and another that wasn't. oin
the strip that we did not inoculate we could not find a single nodule.
not one,-while on that which we did inoculate we could not find a
plant that was not inoculated. I am trying an experiment for the
University. I have put on lots of cow manure and it Is doing all
right but I am sure the land needs phosphorus. We have plants about
two feet high but there are no nodules on the roots.
A Member: Which one of the crops do you use for seed?
A Member: Where is the best seed to be obtained for our use here?
Mr. Glover: Seed for this latitude should be secured from people
growing seed in this latitude and it is desirable not to use seed grown
upon irrigated land. Montana seed would be good where it is grown
without being irrigated.
A Member: In feeding alfalfa hay wouldn't that inoculate the
manure?
Mr. Glover: Yes. They don't know exactly how long the inoculation
will stay in the ground, but it is safe to say four or five years.
Mr. Everett: The alfalfa seed should be submitted in all cases to
the Wisconsin Agricultural Station. They will examine it without
expense.
Adjourned to meet at 1:30 P. M.
Met at 1:30 P. M. Friday, Nov.17, 1911.
President Griswold in the chair.
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