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1913 Excerpt: ...trough is placed on a platform to keep out dirt
and permit its being easily moved to different parts of the field.
On the irrigated lands, of course, the crop may be seeded
broadcast, or with the drill in the ordinary way, 10 to 12 pounds
of seed being sufficient for a well prepared seed bed, where the
seeding is carefully done. On irrigated lands, also, a nurse crop
may be used, preferably barley, as it shades the alfalfa less. The
preparation of ground, dates, and methods of seeding, etc., except
as to thickness, are practically the same as those given for dry
land conditions. By all means, even on the irrigated lands,
thorough cultivation v/ith such a machine as the alfalfa cultivator
(see page 60) should be given each spring, and where necessary
repeated after the first cutting so that the ground is kept not
only free from weeds but with a mellow surface soil. This will
prevent the stand from thinning out as the crowns are permitted to
spread more freely, and will also aid a great deal in conserving
moisture, promoting bacterial and chemical activities in the soil,
and preventing alkali accumulation. Alfalfa should be cut for hay
when it is about one-tenth in bloom, but always before the new
shoots of the following crop advance so far as to be reached by the
cutter bar. The hay should be raked as soon as it is wilted in the
swath. The curing should be done in the winrow or cock in order to
cause the least handling and the least possible loss of the leaves,
which are the most valuable part of the hay. Ordinarily, with a
cutting of average heaviness, the mower will start Vig. 57. One of
the most profitable crops on the irrigated farm. Hogs raised near
Hermiston. in the morning when the dew is off and the raking is
done in the afternoon of the same day, an...
|Country of origin:
Oregon State Agricultural Station
||246 x 189 x 11mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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