Alfalfa in Kansas; Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture for the Quarter Ending June, 1916

Alfalfa in Kansas; Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture for the Quarter Ending June, 1916

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...into windrows. Loss from this cause may be avoided by using an attachment to the sickle bar which removes the swath to one side. Such an attachment is known as the "swather," and it can usually be used to a good advantage. An old-fashioned self-rake reaper is a satisfactory implement for cutting seed alfalfa. This machine leaves the crop in bunches, which are dropped to one side, and the tramping of the alfalfa is avoided. The grain binder is sometimes used for cutting the seed crop of alfalfa. Where bunching implements are used for harvesting, the alfalfa should be put in shocks to cure soon after it is cut. If cut with a mower it is necessary to rake the crop into windrows for bunching, and this operation should be done before the alfalfa becomes dry. Where the other implements are employed in cutting the crop best results are secured by putting the alfalfa in the shocks so that they can be loaded onto the wagon in one forkful, as the pulling apart of the shocks results in some loss of seed by shattering. In handling seed alfalfa previous to threshing as much of the work as is possible should be done when the crop is slightly damp. As soon as the alfalfa in the shocks becomes thoroughly cured it should be threshed, or if a machine is not available within a short time it will pay to stack the crop. Exposure to frequent rains results in considerable damage by discoloring the seed and by shattering. Discolored and weather-stained seed commands a lower price than that which is good in color. The alternate wetting and drying of the pods will often cause them to burst and scatter the seed. The longer the alfalfa is exposed to the elements the more readily the seed shatters and the pods drop off. Therefore, the maximum amount of seed...
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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882016
  • 9781236882011