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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
(1910)

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


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')()       TENTH ANNUAL CONVENTION
becCme less, and in the   end fail, as other plants fail
wlejin starvc(l.
As a means of clearing the land of many of the most
persistant wee(ls Alfalfa is of great value, its dense strong
grnwtxth shades the soil so completely that no other plant
call live on the same ground. As a crop to be plowed tin-
der Ior fertifizing it is fully the equal of clover, its roots
peietrate down three to five feet, an(d when decaying- after
being plowedt under, cause the soil to be rich, mellow and
fit to feed other crops. The best method of preparing the
lamnl. sowing the seed and gathering the crops, has been
well given you by vMr. Waelti in his very able paper, lie
is one of the pioneers in alfalfa growing, an(l his success
as a dairynian is well known to you all.
AIN way differs in no important way from his, I sow
from April 15th. to June first, on fall plowed, or stubble
land, alfalfa alone, or with a half or two thirds seeding of
barley, oati or heavy crop of any grain makes too much
slad(le. acd spring plowing is apt to become (fried out so the
tender young roots wither from lack of moisture, when sowing
with barley disc well first, then drag until there is a fine
mellow surface, then sow 15 to 20 pounds of seed to the acre,
harrow lightly once more.
No land should be worked when 'wet.  Land on which.
water stands after rains will not produce alfalfa.  Any of
our limestone soils are good for alfalfa.


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