The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 3, 1966 · Page 18
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 3, 1966
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'T JUST HAPPEN They're planned, say Top Farmers. And now's the time to plan yours ... using tips you'll pick up at the Clinic. NO DOUBT about it... top farmers are putting the squeeze on corn and bean acres. They're squeezing in five plants where there used to be four... four rows where there used to be three... three tons of fertilizer where they used to use two. And: They're squeezing bumper yields from acres that used to be "average." In short, today's good farmers "think thick." They're crowding every acre with plants aplenty, resulting in a population explosion unsurpassed by any city suburb. It's the only way to go," says Iowa corn grower Len Selke. "Big yields and small yields require about the same amount of work. You have to prepare the ground, plant the crop, control the weeds, and then harvest whether you get a bin-busting crop or an old-fashioned flop. So I go all- out every year." Before Selke and other farmers like him go "all-out", however, they first do a good deal of pre-season planning. For them, corn and beans aren't just crops that they put down in the spring and haul in in the fall. Instead, they look at each year's crop as a 12-month project that begins just after harvest and extends all the way through the following harvest. These top farmers spend winter months mulling over farm magazines like garden green thumbers absorb new seed catalogs. They do some traveling... talking to other farmers with similar goals... visiting with seed com company representatives . . . checking what's new in equipment, fertilizer' and chemicals. And they attend area Corn-Soybean Clinics like the one designated for your area on the cover of this brochure. This year's Clinics will be long on the practical side and short on the theoretical. To punch up the practical aspect, top farmers just as those described above will be a part of each Clinic program, telling you just how they lay their strategy for top corn and bean yields, and frankly admitting where they've been burned with unproven practices. Top farmers such as Clyde Hight, Ken Helton, Harold Gardner and Claude Renze will spell out their experiences with narrow rows, high populations, different hybrids and various fertilizer rates. They'll explain how they win the weed and bug battles. And they'll appear on panels to answer audience questions. As yet, these top farmers admittedly don't have all the answers themselves. They fully intend to pop a few questions of their own at the seed, chemical and equipment company experts scheduled to speak at the Clinic program. But their strong suit is the practical stuff that farmers just edging into the thick planting fraternity want to hear. In that regard, the Clinic program has been carefully charted so that its appeal isn't just to the home run hitters who are aiming for the 150 and 200-bushel yields. There'll be plenty of good listening for farmers who just want to raise their batting average by 20 or 30 bushels each year, with an eye on big league yields in future seasons. In farming as in baseball, it takes a lot of foul balls, bunts, base hits and double- plays ... as well as home runs ... to win the production pennant. By banking on the experiences of others, you can improve on your own record with a minimum of expense. Face the facts: Even an increase of only 10 bushels or $10 an acre can give you a heckuva lot higher return on your time for Clinic attendance than if you stay home and haul manure all day! You can bet on it, though, while you'll be given a bin-full of good tips on how to generally raise com and bean yields, the emphasis at the Clinic will be on narrow rows and high populations. As Selke says, "It's the only way to go." Farmers like Clyde Hight, who aim for the bleachers every time they step up to a planter plate, have proved that the really big yields are attainable ... but only if you seed a great number of plants and spreading them out more evenly over the field than is possible in the old customary 38" or 40" rows. Even moderately higher yields are more easily reached with narrow rows... lighting conditions are better, plants make better use of fertilizers, less moisture drifts off through evaporation, and so forth. Some farmers feel that 30" rows are just an intermediate step... that 20" rows, with plants spaced almost an equal distance apart in each direction, is the ideal way to raise corn. Hight thought so, and did it. Results: He averaged a crib-busting 201 bushels of No. 2 corn on 388 acres of 20" rows! Admits Hight: "I couldn't have done it without Allis-Chalmers, DeKalb and other suppliers. A-C supplied the special narrow-row planting, cultivating and harvesting equipment, DeKalb supplied the right hybrids and a heap of advice. I did a lot of listening and a lot of learning." You can do the same at the Corn-Soybean Clinic. This year's Corn-Soybean Clinics will feature first-hand comments from top farmers such as Harold Gardner, Cameron, III. who averaged 170 bu. on 870 acres last year.

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