Excerpt from Alfalfa, "the Grass" In Ohio: Where, How and Why to Grow It
Recent investigations show that lucerne was brought to several Eastern states in this country from Europe and grown as early as 1800. But the people knew little about its merits and nature. Cattle and sheep easily bloated upon it and there was a prejudice against it on this account, and by many it was looked upon as too poisonous and dangerous for use upon the farm, and it was quickly crowded out by common clover. In addition, the rapid and continuous growth of Alfalfa made it too laborious and difficult to cut with the scythe. The modern implements used in farming have not only doubled but multiplied the production and possibilities of alfalfa, the grandest grass that the Bountiful Giver of all good has ever instituted for the farmer, to lighten the toils of the tiller of the soil and double the rewards of his patient and intelligent labor.
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