Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture Volume 35-36

Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture Volume 35-36

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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:, while the last cutting is usually quite green and is cut in cool weather and is frequently difficult to cure.-In midsummer alfalfa may usually be cut in the forenoon, raked in the afternoon or succeeding morning, and stacked or placed in the mow at once. The first cutting usually requires one or more full days' curing in the swath, and as much or longer time in the windrow. The tedder may frequently be used with profit in curing the first cutting when it is tall and heavy, but is seldom used in succeeding cuttings. Alfalfa wet with rain immediately after cutting will suffer little damage if the rainfall is not excessive. Where rain falls after partial curing the loss is greater, but in few cases is it so great as to render the crop a total loss. The hay, of course, is discolored and can not be readily marketed, but it is yet a good feed when dried thoroughly before stacking. Much injury is often done to the new growth in such cases because the cut crop is lying on the ground and smothering it. Spots are easily killed out unless the wet hay is turned and the crowns of the plants covered by the hay exposed to air and sunlight. (See "Curing," in index.) STORING. Stacking and Mowing. Good judgment is necessary in putting alfalfa hay in the stack or mow. A mistake easily made is that of stacking as soon as the leaves are dry but before the stems have thoroughly cured. It is very difficult to say just when hay is dry enough to store. A slight excess of moisture within the plant due to the incomplete loss of natural sap will result in far less damage in storage than will a like amount of moisture on the outside of the hay, resulting from rain or dew. The green alfalfa plant contains about 75 per cent moisture in the bud stage....
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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236804759
  • 9781236804754