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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)

Discussion,   pp. 156-168 PDF (2.8 MB)


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Dakota, to RMssia, a very cold country, to investigate. He 
heard they had a variety of alfalfa, the Turkestan, that was 
very hardy, and he got 2;00 pounds that cost a dollar a pound. 
lre sent me sixteen pounds of that, and I sowed three quarters 
of an acre, or a little more. That alfalfa is a little lighter in 
color, but you can hardly tell it from the ordinary alfalfa. I 
don't know but what it has lived there long enough to get aceli- 
mated so that it is more hardy, I can't say. I sowed that on a 
piece of land where the water table this last year has come to 
within seven or eight feet of the surface and it begins to sicken 
I am learning al the while. It is a good plan to sow it thickly 
and one reason is thi it wiln form stools if it isn't thidL  It 
should always be cut earlY, just as quick as the little blue blos- 
some show, because you will get a great deal-better crop the next 
time.                                 1 
Now, just a word about curing. It is as difficult a crop to 
cure as clover would be in June. Go to your merchants and 
buy A sheeting, forty inches wide, tear off forty inches long, 
and make a hay cap. Tie a string to each corner, of stout cord; 
take old horse shoes, cut them in two, punch a hole in each half 
up near the cut end and tie in that half of the horseshoe to each 
corner, and that onstitutes a weight. Lay them on the stone- 
boat with the weights all to one side, drive into your field and 
cap your alfalfa, just the same as you should do with your 
clover. Cut it and rake it into windrows just as quick as it can 
possibly be well handled by the rake. Cock it up into about one 
hundred pound cocks and throw over them these hayeaps. You 
should cure your clover and your alfalfa in the shade, in the 
cock, and you will make nearly fifty per cent in the value of it. 
You will avoid losing a lot of leaves of your clover and alfalfa 
both, and they will be very much finer. Every second day 
while it stands there in the cock-and my own stood this last 
summer during three tremendous rain storms, some of it,- 
every fortyeight hours let the men go into the field, stick their 
forks into the cocks and pull them to you the width of them 
onto fresh ground and that will prevent smothering the alfalfa 
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