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Clover For Hay

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There is a wlde difference of opinión araong farmers hs to the value of clover for hay, as well as to its value as a farm erop in a rotation. Probably the majority of farmers in New England sow a little clover seed with other grassts when seeding land with grain crops in spring, and there is considerable clover seed sown on the surface in spring upon f all sown grain fields; but, after all, the proportion of clover hay annually put into the barns of New Eugland farmers is comparaüvely small, probably not more than one ton in ten, or in twenty of other hay. One reason probably ia, that cJover is less salable in market than timothy, redtop and witoh-grass. It is considered unQt for horses, and quite likely to bring on heaves, though aome writers claim that Ihis is only because clover is liked so well that horses will over-eat if allowed to have all they will take. Chemists give a very high value to clover as compared to other upland grasses; but it is of ten so difrlcult to cure it perfectly, that farmers who feed it are not sure to agree in opinión with the chemisls. Accordingto our experieuce, clover, either groen or dry, is not eaten by cows with the same rolish they show for orchard grasa, redtop and timothv wben these are properly grown. Perhaps clover is too rich, and they eannot eat so much of it, or perhaps it is most vahuble as a part of a ration, like cotton-seed, meal, oilcake and beans. We should certainly not recommond a farmer to give up Lis whole farm, nor all hia best grasa land to tke production of clover, but it should form alarger part of the hay erop of the country. On moist land that is really adapted to graas, timothy and red top, especially the former, will make a f uil. or nearly f uil erop the flrst seaeon aftei sowing the previous f all, but upon dry land it requires a year for the roots to get flrmly established in the soil so as to produce a full erop, By the old method of seeding with grain in spring, the grass often had the first year to grow without betng cut, and what was called the flrst, was really the second }ear of its growth. Green clover, especially if wet with rain or dow, should be fed with caution, as it is liablo to ferment andcau30 bloatin?, and dusty, ill cured, dover hay sliould not be fed to heavy horses ; but properly cure 1, and judiciously fed as a part of the daily ration, it will always be acceptable to cattle, and it can be grown frcquently where little else would grow.-


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