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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1904)

Discussion,   pp. 156-168 PDF (2.8 MB)


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Thirty-econd Annua Report of Xa 
Mr. Heany: I tried alfalfa a year ago last spring. I 
sowed two acres in rich soil, and sowed oats with it. The 
object of sowing the oats was to have an earlier feed than the 
alfalfa could afford. During the season, that piece of bottom 
was flooded and the alfalfa turned sort of yellow, and we con- 
cluded that was not the right place to sow alfalfa, and I have 
prepared another piece of ground on higher soil. Now, I 
want to ask you, will it pay to put into the silo, corn that 
yields fifty bushels to the acre ? 
Mr. Hill: I couldn't answer it any way but, yes, because 
our corn always yields more than that, and we put it in the 
silo every year. 
A Member: What is the difference between silo and silage? 
Mr. Hill: The silo is the building in which the silage is 
made. Silage is canned corn, cut stalks and all, when it is. 
green, and put in an air-tight building that seals itself. 
A Member: If you raise more than fift- bushels to the 
aere, and you figure the corn at 60 cents a bushel, I wish you 
would make a comparison between the ensilage and the corn. 
Hr. [lill: The larger the yield of corn, the more valuable 
the silage is, and the fewer acres it takes to fill the silo. 
The hamirman: When you have it in the silo, you have it 
husked, and shelled, and ground, and already for the cow. 
Mr. Hill: A gentleman asks what our silos cost They are 
old wooden silos, built inx 18$8, in a bay in the barn, and they 
cost not to exceed 75 cents per ton capacity. One of them has 
been relined once with half-inch lumber. It cannot be built 
for any such price at the present time, and if we built another, 
it will be built to cost two or three times that, and will last' 
for ages, built of stone or brick,-some material that will not 
have to be replaced. 
Mr. Goodrich: The impression seems to be, that if you put 
good corn, running fifty or sixty bushels to the acre, in the 
silo, that that eorn is not worth as much as if you husked it 
and fed it and ground it. Is that the idea I It is worth more 
than you can get out of it by drying and grinding it, because 
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