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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the tenth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thurs. and Fri., January 27 and 28, 1910

Luchsinger, John
Remarks by Hon. John Luchsinger,   pp. 93-96 ff. PDF (891.6 KB)

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successfully grown. By analysis and practice it is proven,
that Alfalfa when cut in due season, and properly cured
and gathered, contains more milk producing    substances
than any other of the grasses. It is asserted that it is a
complete substitute for branl, and that by its liberal use a
very great portion of the ground feed now bought, can le
dispensed with, and its cost saved to the farmer. It is al-
so proven that Alfalfa as a preserver and enricher of th:e
soil has no superior, its strong roots pierce deep down
through soil and subsoil, and get nourishment that no other
plant has the power to reach (unless it be a Burdock or
thistle). Unlike clover, which is a two year plant, alfalfa
with proper care is a permanent plani an(l does not require
reseeding. It is easily possible however to injure and even
destroy alfalfa by greediness and neglect, by mowing once
too often, by pasturing too close, or by pasturing all at
certain times, like clover it grows no dense sod, it is a
plant rather than a grass, it does not stand well the trainp-
ling of stock, it is a plant to be cut and fed green as in
Europe or to be cut and made hay of rather than a pasture
plant.  To make hay of the best quality the first crop
should be cut when its purple blossoms are fully opened be-
fore any seed has formed it should be put under cover as
soon as possible after it is cut and wilted to be rained on
when dry injures it more than to haul it too green under
cover, also if dried too much the brittle leaves and tine -talks
are broken into powder leaving the coarser parts of less
Abo'e all no one should get the idea that alfalfa will
produce its marvelous crops season after season without
fertilizers. It is true that it gets thru its roots from the
subsoil far below, a large portion of its substance and by its
leaves from the air another large portion, but it is no ex-
ception to the rule that one cannot get something for
nothing. The surface soil is also drawn upon, to support
this plant of fast growth and yield, and this supply of
plant food must be kept up or the yield will as surely

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