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Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)

Huntley, D.
Corn, cows and clover,   pp. 233-244 PDF (2.4 MB)

Page 233

Mr. Brainard -I certainly would not work any land of
the nature of mine, clay soil, when it was wet.
Mr. Huntley then read a paper entitled,
There can be no good farming that does not keep con-
stantly in view the improvement of the farm; making it
continually more productive. How to do this will be the
effort of this paper.
You cannot take late crops of grain or grass year after
year from the same piece of land, returning nothing back to
enrich it, without exhausting the soil and impoverishing the
land, as too many farmers all over the state have too slowly
and too sadly learned. Constant manuring with good culti-
vation will not only keep up the original fertility of the soil,
but will enable us to grow larger and better crops than were
grown when the land was first cleared and broken and re-
sponded so generously to the pioneer farmers' first efforts.
One writer says good cultivation is manure. While this
may be true in part, or so far as drawing from the atmos-
phere is concerned, I never yet saw a farm too highly ma-
nured or too well cultivated for corn. Corn, Cows and Clover,
are the three factors which I shall use to assist me in the
solution of the problem now before us. Were my land rich
enough I should grow but little clover, or if I knew of any
practical way of keeping up the fertility of the soil without
clover in the rotation, then I might leave it out, for I believe
that nearly twice the amount of feed can be grown with
corn as with clover. Let us keep constantly in mind the
solution of this problem, that the larger the crop of feed the
more cows can be kept on a given number of acres, and this
gives more manure with increased fertility. But the trouble
is right here, we cannot and do not grow large crops; our
land is not in so high a state of cultivation as it should be
by a long way, and I use the word "cultivation" in its
broadest sense.

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