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HAY CAPS can be used to advantage to keep rain
from wetting hay in cocks on many farms in the
eastern half of the United States. In the corn belt,
where thousands of farmers are growing small acre-
ages of alfalfa and beginning to realize the great
value of this crop, the use of hay caps would largely
obviate the difficulty now experienced in curing first
and last cuttings. The old methods used in curing
mixed timothy-and-clover hay are not always ade-
quate for alfalfa, and in many instances a good
grade of alfalfa hay might be assured by the use of
In the South, where the weather is rainy a large
part of the time during the long haying season,
the hay cap is an especially valuable addition to
haymaking equipment. Alfalfa and alfalfa and
Johnson grass mixed hay are cut from three to five
times a year in the South, and a great deal of hay of
inferior quality is made as a result of trying to cure
by ordinary methods. In this section hay caps have
been used to great advantage, especially with legume
lhay grown for the market.
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McClure, H. B. (Harry B.). Hay Caps, pamphlet, 1918; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96563/m1/2/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.