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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1904)

Everett, C. H.
What forage shall the dairy farmer raise?,   pp. 63-71 PDF (1.8 MB)


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Thirty-econsd Annual Report of the 
(Continuing). I might say something about the early cut- 
ting of forage crops and curing them, and if somebody else 
does not say it, perhaps I will later. 
A Member: Tell us something about alfalfa. 
Mr. Everett: I am. glad you asked that question, because 
we have here an authority on alfalfa, and I took particular 
pains to bring over that authority from the hotel. Governor 
Hoard is raising alfalfa on his farm in large quantities. I have 
visited the Governor's farm, I have seen the alfalfa growing, I 
have seen it being harvested there and being cured, by his pro- 
cess ot curing alfalfa, which should be the process of curing 
clover hay of all kinds, and therefore I know personally how 
.uccess fully it is being grown on the Governor's farm, and 
other farms in the vicinity of Fit. Atkinson. What kind of soil 
is that alfalfa growing in, Governor Hoard? 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: I have got a little way along in the study 
diate neighborhood wit bin a mile of Fort Atkinson alfalfa is 
grown on sand. Mr. Goodrich reminds ime that this alfalfa 
gerown on this very sandy hill was seeded in the spring of 1901, 
hand yon will remember what a terrible drought we had that 
.year. I seeded a number of acres that year and I do not know 
of a single spear of clover that lasted in that summer. I be- 
lieve it killed your corn down here, didn't it? 
-A r. -: It was not as bad here as the rest of the state; it 
never is. This clay sub-soil twenty feet below saves us. 
1x-Goov. Hoard: I have got a little way along in the study 
of alfalfa, and I am quite well encouraged. I don't know how 
quick my feet will be jerked out from under ne, I am trying 
to walk as humbly before the Lord as possible, because after 
all said and done, He is the boss farmer, and He takes away 
youir breath sometimes in a way that astonishes us, if you ever 
get too conceited. But I am convineed pretty thoroughly of 
lie feasibility of growing alfalfa in Wisconsin almost any- 
where. 
A Member: In this part of the state ? 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: Why, I have a heavier clay than you have. 
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