The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 3, 1966 · Page 24
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Healthy bean acres like these can match corn profits, say Clinic experts and top farmers with big bean yield experience. Excellent control of resistant corn rootworms is no bargain if it doesn't stop cutworm damage (above). ALDREX PREVENTS THIS controls all corn soil insects, including cutworms, wireworms and resistant rootworms Read how soil insect control with Aldrex® Insecticide prevents root damage, lodging, and the attack on seed and seedlings. A J)REX gives you much more than rootworm control alone. It provides full-scale control of more than twenty soil insects, leaves no loopholes in your program. Kills all rootworms Aldrex is thoroughly effective against resistant rootworms (western, northern and southern). Results on nearly 2-million acres in 1965 show how well it stops the attack that destroys roots, limits corn's access to soil moisture and fertilizer. The threats of hidden damage, a drastic setback, or severe lodging are all eliminated. Result: higher yields, a maximum crop of pickable corn. Controls other soil insects Aldrex guards roots against white .grubs, wireworms and other root feed- ers. It controls pests like seed corn maggots that attack seed, prevent germination, and cut down plant population. Seedlings are also protected. And Aldrex stops the cutworms that can leaveyou with a sudden, disastrous loss. Extra protection reported The superiority of Aldrex was especially clear to the men who actually set up tests to evaluate the new soil insecticide. Said Henry Broerman, Tarko, Missouri: "The corn rows treated with Aldrex produced a yield increase of 46 percent, proving to us that it pays to use a soil insecticide that does more than just control rootworms." Where to get Aldrex Aldrex is available where you normally buy soil insecticide. Change to Aldrex this year and help your corn make every bushel your land can grow. Look for the distinctive registration symbol (at right) that identifies Aldrex in the This mess of lodged com isn't worth picking. Aldrex destroys rootworms long before such damage occurs. bags of leading formulators of agricultural chemicals. For more information write Shell Chemical Company, Agricultural Chemicals Division, P.O. Box 7744, Progress Station, St. Louis, Mo, INMCTtdDC BIN-BUSTING corn yields are becoming more common every year, yet soybeans lag behind. And for no apparent reason, other than having to play second- fiddle on most farms. The truth of the matter is that soybeans can be just as profitable as corn if given the same attention. Soybeans yielding 35 bushels per acre will return more profit than 100 bushel corn when corn brings $1.00 per bushel and soybeans $2.35 per bushel, states Donald G. Smith, manager of the University of Illinois Trust Farms. The Allerton Trust Farms produced 46,386 bushels of soybeans on 1,231.3 acres in 1962 (37.7 bushels per acre), and has been improving bean yields every year since. "Fewer man and tractor hours are required to produce an acre of soybeans than an acre of corn," states Smith. "Soybean production costs per acre are 20% to 25% less than corn costs in Illinois. "It takes at least 25 bushels of beans per acre to break even," he adds. "When you aim for high yields, the cost will be slightly higher, but the cost per bushel will be considerably less. Beans turn a good profit if you treat them right." A recent study of the soybean situation proved that 50 bushels of soybeans per acre aren't as hard to obtain as most farmers believe. Crop experts have shown that a 45 bushel yield of soybeans per acre is equivalent to 100 bushels of corn per acre, using a 2% ratio. Considering the same ratio, it's surprising to find that 140 to 145 bushel corn yields are not unusual, while 50 to 60 bushel bean yields are quite uncommon. While corn is still king to most mid- west farmers, some bean growers such as Smith are making big profits with soybeans by giving them the attention due them. Here's a brief prescription for bumper soybean yields used successfully by top farmers: Grow the right variety. Most varieties are sensitive to length of day and. do their best only in a relatively narrow zone, north to south. So, for top yields, you need to grow the variety proved best in your area. Experiment station trials are constantly reshuffling varieties as new ones prove themselves. Of course, seed should be free of pieces of stems, pods, cracked beans and other debris,, and needs to have a high enough germination to insure good stands—at least 85%. And, if disease is likely to be a problem, use resistant varieties. Inoculating seed is essential if plants 12

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