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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests
(1882)

Henry, W. A.
Dairy experiments at the experimental farm, Madison, Wis.,   pp. 43-60 PDF (3.3 MB)


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DAIRY EXPiEIMKTs.               7 
Snd seventy pounds of fodder was cut, or about sixteen and a half 
tons to the acre. A third small plat planted similar to the last, but 
with a large southern corn, yielded fodder at the rate of forty-two 
thousand eight hundred pounds to the acre. 
These statements are facts, not guesses or estimates. It has 
been stated that seventy acres of fodder can be grown upon an 4-, 
acre of ground. While this may be true, it is useless to make such 
statements without results to back them. The " ensilage problem"
is not brought any nearer a solution by wild theorists. 
The green fodder corn was brought to the silo, and after being 
weighed was at once put through the ensilage cutter, by which it 
was reduced to pieces about three-fourths of an inch in length. In 
the silo this green corn fodder, thus chopped up, was spread, and 
packed down by tramping. After putting in seventy-five tons of 
this material, a few tons of green clover, direct from the field, was 
put in on top, without having been run through the cutter. 
Upon this clover two inch planks, ten inches wide, were laid 
crossways of the silo, fitting them as closely as possible, thus form- 
ing a floor over the green fodder and clover. Upon these planks, 
thirty-six thousand pounds of stone were laid, or one hundred and 
twelve pounds to the square foot. It took four men and one team 
half a day to put these stones on. They bad been previously 
gathered and weighed and piled up near the barn. 
Putting on these stone weights is a great bugbear to many, but 
in truth it is the least of the work. 
Putting in the green corn fodder is hard work at best. It re- 
quires about as many men as it does to run a threshing machine, 
and any dragging in the work is very annoying as well as expen- 
sie. 
Those having ensilage cutters to sell, speak of the great ease 
with which they are run, as though to cut up a ton of stalks in ten' 
minutes, required no power worth mentioning. 
Our cutter- the Cycle ensilage cutter, made by the New York 
Plow Company - cost us about what we paid for it, by the poor 
quality of the work it did. 
Farmers should be very careful to secure good machinery, and 
when the manufacturers talk about what their machinery will do, 
let them give a guaranty to back up their assertions. To put our 
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