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Irrigation of an Alfalfa-Ladino Clover-Bromegrass Dairy Pasture in Michigan1


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  1. Vol. 50 No. 9, p. 517-520
    Received: Jan 13, 1958

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  1. Milo B. Tesar,
  2. E. H. Kidder and
  3. 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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