The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 3, 1966 · Page 21
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The CLYDE MIGHT story .."any farmer can do what I've done" 8 EVERY field of endeavor has its front runners. But when it comes to corn, Clyde Hight has to rate as an All-American. Hight, who farms near Moweaqua, Illinois, loves to grow corn, lots of it, and he sure does. Last year he wrote one of the greatest crop stories in years, averaging a whopping 201 bushels of No. 2 corn on 388 acres! Hight, who will appear on all of the Corn-Soybean Clinic programs, in person or on slides and tape, averaged a mighty 230 bushels on 5 acres that he weighed out for a DeKalk yield contest. A 100- acre field went 211 bushels per acre, and an 80-acre field 207 bushels of No. 2 corn. Clyde produced slips from his elevator showing that he had sold 81,427 bushels of corn off 388 acres, which when converted to No. 2 corn figured out to 201.17 bushels per acre. The remaining 169 acres didn't go that high... only about 180 bushels per acre! Big corn yields are common to Clyde, but they weren't always. Back in 1960, his 144 acres of com were hardly above average for his area, averaging 91 bushels per acre. "That was when I decided to do something about my corn yields," says Hight. "As long as I was going through the motions, I figured I might as well aim for higher yields and better profits." Clyde was further encouraged by an article he read in Successful Farming, challenging its readers to set higher corn goals. He dropped a note to the author, Lloyd Zeman, asking for further advice. Zeman suggested that he contact seed corn and equipment companies, to find what hybrids, populations and row widths might be best for his particular area. Hight took the tip, and contacted several firms. One such meeting put him in close touch with representatives of DeKalb and Allis-Chalmers. Now, having worked closely with them over the past 6 years, Hight and the company executives have become good friends. Through a lot of listening, learning and Might used experimental equipment suppliec by Allis-Chalmers to handle his 20-inch rows, including a planter, a cultivator and a 4-ro» cornhead. The cornhead was designed to fit Hight's Model A Gleaner combine. Clyde Hight averaged 201 bushels on 388 acres last year; all of which was in 20-inch rows. He'll appear at the Clinic, in person or on slides and tape, to tell of his experiences. experimenting, Hight raised his yield every year. In 1960, he had grown 144 acres of corn and averaged 91 bushels per acre. He spent $10.70 per acre on fertilizer, which averaged out at a cost of 760 per bushel and a profit per acre of $27.90. In 1961, backed with the technical advice of Zeman, DeKalb, Allis-Chalmers, plus that of various fertilizer and chemical companies ("The same advice is available to any farmer just for the asking — commercial companies are glad to help"), Hight grew 165 acres that averaged 124 bushels. Fertilizer cost was $25.81, averaging out at a cost of ,680 per bushel, with a profit of $49.77 per acre. In 1962, he raised 200 acres that averaged 140.2 bushels per acre. Fertilizer cost was $24.90 per acre, 620 per bushel and a profit of $60.34 per acre. In 1963, Clyde had 200 acres averaging 157.01 bushels per acre. His fertilizer cost was $24.36, cost per bushel was 59.60, and his profit was $82.27 per acre. Making use of some of his corn profits, Hight added to his corn acres by buying 197 acres of light soil. This land had been yielding about 60 bushels per acre, with a pH of 5.4. So Clyde put on 4 tons of lime. Of the 197 acres, 68 acres were just cleared and the rest of the land had been farmed. He gave $150 per acre for this land. This new corn ground averaged 109 bushels per acre the first year. Average yield on his new total of 397 acres was 133.1 bushels per acre in 1964. Cost per bushel was 68,40 and the fertilizer cost was $35.50 per acre. His profit came to $50.04 per acre. Some of his land did extremely well in 1964. One 78-acre field yielded 163 bushels per acre. Another 41 acres averaged 157 bushels, and 93 acres averaged 143 bushels. And last year, of course, Clyde hit the jackpot with his 200-pIus booming yield- He hadn't computed his costs and net profit as yet when we went to press, but Sweeping the Nation like The popularity of DEKALB XL Breakthru hybrids has swept the Nation like WILD FIRE. These new Single and 3-way'a have brought a tremendous Break- thru in over-all corn performance to their farmer- users. DEKALB XL's are MODERN—bred shorter to stand better—to take the extra stresses of early, thick, narrow-row planting and high fertility—to hold their ears—to fight disease and insects—to shell out HIGHER YIELDS. Let DeKalb XL's plus DeKalb'* S point Profit Program help you make the most from your corn land. 1 -Plant ALL DeKalb 3-Apply more Fertilizer 2-Plant Thick and Early 4-Control Weed* S—Control Insects The sensational demand for DeKalb XL's has caused a supply shortage In some varieties. If you have ordered, arrange for EARLY delivery with your DeKalb Dealer. If you haven't ordered, see your dealer about varieties still in supply. "DEKALB" is » Registered Brand Name. "XL is a Variety Designation. he knows that it far exceeded that of any previous year. He'll have the figures ready to present at the Clinic. While his yields are sky high, Hight is still a down-to-earth fellow who realizes that last year, was an ideal one for big com yields in his area. "While I might not have averaged 200 bushels if we hadn't got 30 inches of rain, I'm still convinced that, for every inch of rain received, I can grow more corn in my 20- inch rows than I can in wider rows." Hight will elaborate on his reasons during his Clinic presentation, noting advantages such as less wind damage, better lighting, less evaporation, and so forth. Although Hight is highly successful with narrow rows and high yields, he insists: "I'm no extraordinary farmer. I find corn growing an exciting, challenging hobby. I've done a lot of experimenting, I've asked a lot of questions, I've gotten a lot of good advice. Any farmer can do what I've done."

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