Bulletin - New York (State) Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Volume 87-113

Bulletin - New York (State) Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Volume 87-113

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...clover are usually increased materially. Sweet clover is a very good winter cover crop to prevent soils from gullying and washing. It also takes up much soluble plant food that would otherwise leach from the soil during the winter. The large taproots take up some potassium and phosphorus in the subsoil and at least part of this is left in the surface soil when the roots decay. Sweet Clover as a Pasture Crop Sweet clover makes excellent pasture for horses, sheep, cattle, and hogs (Figure 692). Probably the easiest way to have stock acquire an appetite for this crop is to commence pasturing them on it when the plants are small. A sufficient number of animals should be kept in a sweet clover pasture to keep it grazed closely. This will prevent the stems from becoming large and woody and will also induce an abundant growth of young shoots. A good stand will usually provide sufficient pasturage for one mature steer or from 20 to 30 shoats to the acre. When pasturing upon this plant, stock make gains that compare favorably with those obtained on either rape or red clover. When pigs are turned on sweet clover, they should receive in addition to the pasture a daily grain ration of about two pounds of grain per hundred-weight of live stock. Sweet clover is more drought-resistant than alfalfa and will therefore produce considerable pasturage during midsummer droughts, as well as early in the spring and late in the fall. There is but little danger of bloating when cattle or sheep are pasturing on sweet clover, but it is safest to avoid turning the stock into a clover pasture when it is wet with dew or rain or when the animals are unusually hungry. Sweet Clover as a Hay Crop If hay is desired, sweet clover should be cut when the plants have made no more than...
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