The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 9, 1965 · Page 25
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 25

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 9, 1965
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When cold is predicted, serve up Terramycin A/D Forti fied Crumbles to your beef or dairy animals immediately. Terramycin keeps cattle's ability to resist disease at a Pfizer high level... even though their natural resistance may be down due to stress. And Terramycin Crumbles has 50% more vitamins A and D than the other crumbles. That's important, because cattle don't get nearly the "A" from winter hay that they get from summer pasture. And cattle, like the rest of us, depend on the sun for vitamin D. And there's not much sun in the winter. Try stoking up your herd's stress resistance with Terramycin® A/D Fortified Crumbles. You'll soon be hot for this cold weather idea. Scitnct for Ike world'* wtll*hti*f Agricultural Division Cbas. Pfizer & Co., Inc. JSew York, N.Y. 10017 TERRAMYCIN* A/D FORTIFIED CRUMBLES With your purchase, save on this big t«y Bull-Don $5.00 vslue.,. just $2.50 / with the "50% Richer" statement off the bag and the coupon at right. He's 40' long... tough Inflatable plastic .,, 9 lovable friend for your little cowpokes, Send for Pfizer's toy Bull-oon now at thl« frtoney-swlng price. D SEND ME PFIZEffS BULL-OON FOB JUST $2.50! Send thl$ coupon, along with $8.50* and the "50X Richer" statement from the front of a Terramycin A/O Crumble* bag to: P*ier»ull-««ii,Box41MM, Clinton, low* NAMS , AODHE83__ TOWN STATE V»H whtr* (wphlblttd «r r*t|rlct*4 ty tow. VTetting a fair share of 1965's billion-dollar soybean crop has caused many corn growers to review their crop rotation practices. Production of this "orphan crop" has, in the past few years, assumed the status of the number-one cash crop in a great many counties in midwestem and delta states. One example of a corn and soybean rotation program which gives a good indication of its profit potential exists on the farm of Cliff and Binks Saathoff, Rembrant, Iowa. Farming since they were boys, the Saathoff brothers now work 900 acres of rich Webster soil north of Storm Lake. Basically corn men, the Saathoffs planted 185-200 acres of land to soybeans in 1965 and tested some new ideas regarding minimum tillage, narrow row planting and chemical weed control. A limited test planting in 1964 convinced the brothers that there are definite advantages to being "two-crop" farmers. The Saathoff brothers are not typical Iowa farmers. They are what marketing men would call "innovators" or "early adopters." Farming land valued at well over $400 per acre, they welcome the challenge of making a good farm great and they use every means and method available to them. They are also diversified farmers, turning over an average of about 750 head of feeder cattle each year in modern confined feeding quarters and farrowing about 300 hogs "... to clean, up after the cattle," as Binks Saathoff says. Thus, the brothers employ every available natural means of production and, mechanically, they make use of 15 motor-driven tractors, trucks, cars and other machinery—every device that they can prove will help harvest profitable yields. Weighing scales and records also play an important part in the brothers' operation as they carefully measure all the farm's production so they can accurately calculate exactly which management practices increase yields and at what cost. Even Cliff's daughter, .Shirley, 'has a frankly business-like approach toward farming. Acting as secretary-treasurer of the Scott Township Sodbusters chapter of 4-H, she has become involved with keeping records and showing light horses. Like her father, she believes that good management and record keeping elevates farming to the status of business. "And quite a profitable enterprise, too," she claims. Increasing their acreage for soybean production is just one of the innovations planned by the Saathoffs but it offers a good example of the business reasoning they apply to all aspects of their operation. "Things are changing so fast," says Cliff Saathoff, "you have to spend a lot of time reading just to keep track of what's going on and what other farmers are doing." After reading an account about minimum tillage, the brothers are going to try an experiment. When they harvested soybeans in 1964, they chopped the straw in the field with a straw chopper attachment on the combine and then disked it in. This spring, they disked again without plowing and planted 10 test acres of corn on soybeans and another 10 acres soybeans on soybeans. For weed control, they used a broadcast application of Amiben pre-emergence herbicide, the chemical they banded over soybean rows in 1964. In this test, they harvested two extra bushels of beans by eliminating broadleaf weeds and grasses growing directly in the crop row — 9 more bushels per acre than some neighboring growers. Undecided about narrow row planting, they are still considering the possibility of going to 30-inch rows, at least in a test plot. A 40-inch corn planter was used to drill in beans in the past. "While this allows for cultivation," they say, "broadcast Amiben should eliminate the need. Also, if it's too wet to get in to cultivate, you've got something working for you. Chemicals are good crop insurance. It's one of the innovations we've tried that we're going to keep using."

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