Growing turnips

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2017-07-20
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Wilson, James
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Scarcity of feed of a succulent nature, for milking cows, during the fall and early winter, suggested to us the growing of soft turnips for that purpose. Our dry, warm climate is not suited for turnips planted in the spring. They mature early and become rank flavored and unpalatable. European farmers grow them successfully, from spring planting, in. moist, cool climates, where the maize plant will not mature, and where the entire summer season is necessary to develop them. Fairly good success from planting them later, and fairly good results from feeding them to dairy cows, induced us to experiment, during the summer of 1894, with later planting. Iowa farmers have usually sown turnips broadcast, which prevents cultivation. Drouths that are common with us generally evaporate the moisture from the surface soil, and few turnips are gathered. Our people seldom depend on turnips as part of a fall or winter ration for domestic animals, but the growth of dairying requires succulent feed at all seasons, and the soft turnip is valuable for this purpose between summer and winter conditions.

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