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i Irrigation of AKalfa.
—, j, fjL h a ia\ crop is the title IfuUetin prepared by P ro f. the Agriculturist of the paiing Experiment Station, jÈheatruent of the subject is of iithan interest to fa B. :em, and l iners oi the region, where no other i ts held in such high esteem by BP 'ho havd had the largest ex Hp e in irrigation farming. Hjthough alfalfa is extremely Irid 'à) Æ pit ^ says Prof. Buff urn, live through long th it wiil not produce hay l»"igated. It isof vital import |o apply water at the "•and periods of ■ un rigllt Jpbd conduct the irrigation in way. Flooding native meadows are flooded for long periods of time is much more quick to alfalfa than it is to our tiWJH ifSjght as the •y bent native e grasses, will not do to turn the water look at it once a week to see >'V it is still Alfalfa running. o*»n -dies if its feet are kept wet, n ! it m ods long breathing spcdls rid warm growing weather Where Hè irrigated water is to cold itpro u.4*g a chilling effect, and the irri ition should be doue quickly and ic water turiied off as soon as the round has become thoroughly he; best time to irrigate a mediately after the hay has been •moved. Some irrigate just before e bay is cut, but our observations tüÊJt&e that much better results wet. alfalfa is ■ined by irrigating after cut V the weather is very dry, THpÉïgations may be needed be roviVlhe cuttings. We believe in some time •gating in the fall, 1 er jhe firstcutting has been made keèp the soil from becoming too r daring the winter. It should (, be done to late, however, that gr^ind is apt to freeze hard Ue véry wet, as this seems to be prÄipal cause of winter kill • kp> piucli witer is fatal either miner or winter. On tlieWyo g Experiment Farm one season irrigated one-half of a field of Ifa as late as October, leaving j other half without water. . irrigated started earlier v spring and up fii-st cutting the dividing line ?een that which had not been ' ; The the to the time of ■ ! ; ated and that which was watcr the fall was distinctly aés in de,' äB the hay grew \ baches higher two or the fall irri on i portion, ly duty of water mt which is ifa is a perennial plant which lies the land all the time. is long and that it proportionally nt of water would be expected. we mean the used on the land. Its ing was on res a large irfpt, Buff um presents a showing the amounts of water fourteen different crops of i. "The table shows he eon I, "that we have not used very amounts of water in the pro Our measure re m of alfalfa. n nventa of water used on native hay show that about one-half the water hay. was used on alfalfa as on the native An average of these four teen measurements made at Laramie as set forth in the above mentioned table shows the depth of water ap plied to alfalfa to have been 2.22 feet. An average of six measure ments made by the station on oats, wheat and barley, shows 2.74 acre feet applied to each acre of those The only class of plants crops. upon which less water has been used by the Station than on alfalfa has been root crops. 'll K K EST A X A r. F ALFA'. The first seed of this alfalfa was imported and sent out by the De partment of Agriculture in 1825. Little attention was given it until the severe weather of winter before last put its hardiness to the test On all parts of the faim-plots at the Wyoming Station the ordinary alf alfa showed more or less winter kill ing, but not a single plant of the 'Turkestan variety had been hurt. Similar reports were received by the Department of Agriculture from many other sections. Not only does it seem hardier but has generally produced heavier yields than the common alfalfa. On the Wyoming Experiment Station farm, averaging the results for the last two seasons, when cut for hay and cured alike, the Turkestan variety clearly show ed superior cropping qualities, pro duciiig over three-fourths of a ion more hay per acre. Secretary Wilson, of the Depart ment of Agriculture is greatly pleas ed at the discovery of this variety of alfalfa and its apparant hardiness and heavy yielding qualities and his Department is preparing to intro duce it generally in small lots throughout the West. 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