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Henry, W. A. (William Arnon), 1850-1932 / Central Wisconsin : its possibilities and future
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Rietbrock, Fred.
Northern Wisconsin for dairying,   pp. 9-22 ff. PDF (2.7 MB)


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the dairy cow. Upon these lands the clovers,
blue grass, red top and other grasses grow
luxuriantly and produce regular heavy yields.
On account of the abundance of rain and the
snows of winter, with the great depth of soil,
and the connection with soil water, these forage
plants root deeply, suffer little during the winter
and start to grow with an extraordinary vigor in
the spring, and grow continuously through
summer, and are therefore not so much affected
by slight frost in early fall as are the grasses which
have started to grow afresh after a summer's
rest.
           Variety of Crops Produced
    Oats, peas, barley, wheat, rye and corn all do,
well. The oat, pea and barley crops are entitled
to special mention. These crops do not ripen so
quickly, but seem to grow to full maturity, so
that the yield is heavy. From fifty to sixty
bushels per acre is the ordinary average crop of
oats, while eighty to 110 bushels have frequently
been harvested, oats weighing about forty-four
pounds to the struck bushel measure.
    Barley is successfully grown, but It is not
very much. used for feeding purpose  It is
sought after too sharply by the brewers, and by
the farmers who produce it Is held sacred as it
were for the production of beer; but considering
how readily a good crop of barley is produced,
the farmers will in time forget sentiment and
use the barley in connection with oats and peas
for the purpose of feeding cows and pigs.
    Peas are a very good crop In northern Wis-
consin. The vine grows luxuriantlyandmatures
a heavy crop of the grain, which Is without the
bug which commonly affect. the pea crop in
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