Wisconsin and its opportunities : illustrated by photographs taken in northern Wisconsin
Dairying in northern Wisconsin, pp. -29 PDF (970.0 KB)
Dairying in Northern Wisconsin BY PROF. THOS. SHAW THE adaptation of northern Wis- consin to dairying is owing, T first, to the wonderful suitability which the soil has shown to the pro- duction of pastures, to its wonderful adaptation in the production of le- gumes, to the elegance and variety of crops of small grains produced, to the fact that it can grow immense quanti- ties of fodder corn and soiling foods: know; but they come and come to re- main forever. If the birds and winds could speak, they would probably tell us whence they come. Their rapid growth suggests the thought of spon- taneous generation, which is, of course, impossible. But their coming so quick- ly and growing so luxuriantly calls up the thought of the high adaptation of the country to those grasses. Even in A Natural Pasture because it will produce field roots abundantly, because it has ample shade and water: and for the further reason that it is happily situated with refer- ence to markets. THE PASTURES. No sooner has the forest been cut away and fire done its work in remov- ing the encumbering timber and brush than blue grass and white clover spring up like magic and take pos- session of the land. Where they come from so quickly nobody seems to trails in the forest they thrive where they must needs struggle for the light. This abundant growth not only fur- nishes fine pastures, permanent in character if desired, but their presence is an assurance that here is a land with a high adaptation to a great vari- ety of crops. In such a soil mixed pastures, also permanent in character, and containing many varieties, can un- doubtedly be grown, but the need for these has not yet been felt by the settler. *PROF. THos. SHAW is Editor of The Farmer, one of the foremost farm papers in the Northwest, and was for many years Professor of Animal Husbandry in the University of Minnesota. Prof. Shaw stands to-day among the best known agricultural experts in the country.
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