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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

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

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WiscoAin Dairymen's AssoatCion         167 
underneath. When it comes a fair day, throw off these caps, 
open them, out and give them air. You want this clover or 
alfalfa to go through the first sweat in the cock, and then you 
are safe. 
Now, I want to tell you what it means to be safe. You know 
that that magnificent $30,000 barn of Mr. Morgan's down at 
Beloit burned up last fall, because a lot of sturid hired men put 
green -lover into that barn and by spontaneous combustion, it 
ignited ind burned up. Now, if it passes the first sweat out in 
the air, there is no combustion in any secondary sweating or 
heating. You can dump it into the barn when it is quite limp, 
the leaves all on it. It will beat up just a little, but it will go 
on and come out all right. I have a thousand of these hay caps, 
and I would no more think of making fine hay without them 
than I would think of mowing without a mower or a hay rake. 
It is part of my hay-making machinery, and they cost me 12 
cents apiece. Now, you can have all this information, which I 
have worked out, very cheap; although it has cost me something 
to acquire the information. I know of several men who for the 
lack of these hay caps last'year, spoiled two crops of alfalfa and 
only saved one. 
A Member: Would you mow it the first year ? 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: My judgment is to let it alone. The weeds 
will come up of course, but never mind. They say mow it two 
or three times to kill the weeds but there is some risk that you 
will kill the alfalfa while you are killing the weeds. Down 
South, in Ohio, where they have a milder climate, it will stand 
such usage, but it don't seem to stand it in Wisconsin; we must 
handle alfalfa accrding to our climate. The second year you 
commence and cut it, you out it three times and the fourth crop 
you let it grow in a heavy growth to go through the winter with 
and leave it there. 
Another important thing, never allow a hoof on alfalfa as 
long as you live, except what is necessary in hauling it. It is 
very sensitive at the crown, any pressure hurts it. After the 
first crop is hauled off of my alfalfa field, I cm trace where 

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