Irrigation of an Alfalfa-Ladino Clover-Bromegrass Dairy Pasture in Michigan1
- Milo B. Tesar,
- E. H. Kidder and
- G. M. Ward2
Alfalfa-Ladino clover-bromegrass dairy pastures irrigated with 3 inches of water annually during a 3-year period under a humid climate produced 17% more forage and 18% more milk (because of increased carrying capacity) than those not irrigated. An inch of applied water increased forage production by 0.20 ton. Irrigation was not profitable, based on a replacement value of $25.00 per ton of dry forage produced and a cost of $5.11 per acre-inch of water applied.
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