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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)

[Nitrogen, amount voided by cow in one year],   pp. 41-45 PDF (1000.8 KB)


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Wisconsin Dairymenrs Associateo4 
So long as our neighbors are practicing a suicidal policy, let us 
take advantage of what they are doing and secure the possible 
benefits to our own farms. This means in the end hundreds of 
millions of dollars worth of fertility added to Wisconsin soils 
and taken, fortunately for us, from other regions; but if they 
will continue to grow wheat and flax and impoverish their soil 
thereby, let us make the most of the situation. 
DISCUSSION. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: We stable our cattle here about two hun- 
dred days in the year, a little more some years. Have you ever 
made any experiments as to how much nitro&-en an averatre dairy 
cow weighing a thousand pounds throws off in two hundred 
davq I 
Prof. Henry: I could get that for you. You have got to 
go back to the feed and figure how much nitrogen you have 
given her in the feed, and take three-quarters of it. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: It rnis, as near as I can get hold of it, from 
twelve to fourteen dcllars, and there isn't one farmer in Grant 
county in five hundred, or in any other county in this state, 
that makes any provisions to save that urine. 
Prof. Henry: And some farmers even bore auger holes in 
the manure drop to let it dribble away. They might better have 
a hole in their pocket book and let their money dribble out. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: I think your figures indicate that for fer- 
tilizing purposes a ten of corn stubble is worth about four dol- 
lars. Now, a practical question is, Does it pay to cut corn stub- 
ble and haul it to the farm and haul it out in the manure? 
Doesn't it pay better to leave it right in the field ? 
Prof. Henry: If you leave your corn stalks in the field, 
you leave the fertility right there, but you leave it in a form 
that it is not a quick asset. The stalk has built that material 
into itself, and it is not immediately available. If you take 
those corn stalks to your barn and cut them up and put them 
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