1985 - Volume #9, Issue #3, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Timely Cattle Feed"I fatten a few purchased cattle every winter and need some straw for bedding and a little roughage to keep them healthy. However, I don't have time at haying time to put up the alfalfa I need. Instead, I fertilize a field of cornstalks very heavily in the spring and put it into oats. I seed 5 lbs. of alfalfa along with the oats and get 100 or more bushels of oats and 50 bales of straw. After labor day, I cut the alfalfa and get 50 bales of good roughage. All of this work comes when I have little else to do. The next year I disk it once or twice and replant it to corn. It doesn't need any more fertilizer and the field keeps its place in a corn and bean rotation," says Leo Boddicker, Newhall, Iowa.
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