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Moore, Ransom Asa, 1861-1941 / The seeding, growing, and curing of alfalfa

Moore, R. A.
University of Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station special bulletin: the seeding, growing, and curing of alfalfa,   pp. [1]-12 ff. PDF (2.3 MB)

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Special Bulletin.
plants without crowding. (See Fig. 4). It also prevents to
a great degree the lodging of the grain crop, which will invar-
iably kill the alfalfa plants. The drain of moisture and fertil-
ity from the land is not so great where a thin nurse crop is
Fig. 4.-Protection afforded tender alfalfa plants by a thin seeding of barley
during the early period of growth.
Land on which tobacco, sugar beets, or any highly cultivated
crop has been growvn the preceding year can be seeded to alfal-
fa without a nurse crop with fair chances of getting a good,
thick stand.  Where alfalfa is seeded without a nurse crop the
ground should be cultivated with a disc and a fine tooth harrow
until May 15, or June 1. Weeds will then have been quite thor-
oughly killed and the ground will be in fiue condition to sprout
the alfalfa seeds in the sbhrtest possible time. Where a nurse
crop is not used, frequently a cutting of alfalfa can be secured
by September 1. Sowing with a nurse crop is most generally
practiced in Wisconsin, as it enables the farmer to get a stand
of alfalfa and a fair grain crop the year of seeding. An ex-
cellent method of getting a good stand of alfalfa is to manure
the ground heavily in the fall and plow. As soon in the spring
as the land works well disc and drag at intervals until Mfax 20

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