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Wisconsin and its opportunities : illustrated by photographs taken in northern Wisconsin

Shaw, Thos.
Dairying in northern Wisconsin,   pp. [26]-29 PDF (970.0 KB)

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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
  *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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