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
Everett, C. H.
What forage shall the dairy farmer raise?, pp. 63-71 PDF (1.8 MB)
ThirtySecond Annual Report of ae Now, then, you have your alfalfa sown. Let it alone, let the weeds come up, and frolic, and have a good time, and go to seed, and remember all the time that next year you will cut it three times and that is deatIr to the weeds. Nothing can live, hardly anything, in the form of weeds on an alfalfa field, after the second or third yejir, except alfalfa, and except white clover and blue grass. That is one of the reasons why I want the alfalfa thick, to keep those out. I wouldn't cut it a particle, but if I have got a nurse crop and have to cut it, I would set my reaper or mower just as high as I can. The next year you cut it three times, but you must leave a good, heavy crop in this country to go into the winter with. You are up against a proposition in Wisconsin that is different from all the experience West A Member: If you left a large crop of it, would not the moles get away with it, as they are doing with the red clover ? They are thick. Another Member: It is the meadow mole. Another Member: No, it is the field mouse. Ex-Gov. Hoard: Oh, the field mouse won't hurt you. But I have had no difficulty with that at all. Now, you are up to the next step. Next spring, you will see the value of leaving this heavy growth, every crown will come out thick and early. It will hold the snow all winter. I have had a pretty costly experience. I had a beautiful piaht-acre field of alfalfa across the road from the house. I had cut three crops, a year ago last summer, about six tons to the acre, worth $10 a ton in the market right there. My foreman hated to see that fourth crop wasted and I was away from home. I had reasoned that that fourth crop must be maintained. I had no experience, but I studied the plant biologically, and I had said to myself that the fourth crop must be held on the ground. When I came home, I found he had cut about five acres of the eight, cutting around on the outside of the square, and when I got there, to my consternation, there was only about fiiee acres left in the center. I stopped him, and I said, "August, you have destroyed this alfalfa." "Oh, no, it will grow." 70
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