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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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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."
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