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Nicky Baker

Start Date

27-2-1992 4:00 PM

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I'm Nicky Baker, a fifth generation farmer from the Fredonia Valley's area in Western Kentucky. My current farming operation consists of 65 acres alfalfa, 100 · acres of row crops, (basically a corn, wheat, soybean double-crop rotation) and 2.5 acres of burley tobacco. I also have a 50 cow beef herd.

I remember having alfalfa on our farm before the weevil days of the '60's caused farmers to stop growing it. In those days, most of the farms had alfalfa and the majority of them had dairy cattle. The grain explosion of the '70's further curtailed alfalfa acreage, thereby providing an opportunity for a new market (at least to our area) of cash alfalfa hay. I started selling cash hay in 1976 or 1977 and have increased my hay production gradually since. Simply, the more alfalfa I produce, the less tobacco I raise.

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Feb 27th, 4:00 PM

Alfalfa in My Cash Hay Operation

I'm Nicky Baker, a fifth generation farmer from the Fredonia Valley's area in Western Kentucky. My current farming operation consists of 65 acres alfalfa, 100 · acres of row crops, (basically a corn, wheat, soybean double-crop rotation) and 2.5 acres of burley tobacco. I also have a 50 cow beef herd.

I remember having alfalfa on our farm before the weevil days of the '60's caused farmers to stop growing it. In those days, most of the farms had alfalfa and the majority of them had dairy cattle. The grain explosion of the '70's further curtailed alfalfa acreage, thereby providing an opportunity for a new market (at least to our area) of cash alfalfa hay. I started selling cash hay in 1976 or 1977 and have increased my hay production gradually since. Simply, the more alfalfa I produce, the less tobacco I raise.