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