The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 3, 1966 · Page 27
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 27

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 3, 1966
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figures to help decide which route is best for you. The harvesting stage of crop production is of growing importance, since the big problem of farmers today is what to do with the crop after they harvest it. Picker- sheller and cornhead sales are way up, and the problem will be getting worse instead of better if you don't plan ahead. Last year, many progressive fanners who switched to shelled corn harvesting had to wait in long lines at the elevator to market their crop. On-the-farm drying equipment, or facilities for wet storage, can avoid this dilemma. At present, there are three popular methods of handling shelled grain: 1. Ensile it. 2. Dry it and store it. 3. Dry it and market it. Behlen representatives will examine each of these methods in detail, and introduce a new method of handling, "refrigeration," which is something new that Behlen is experimenting with, and that various farmers throughout the midwest tried during the past year. Basically, refrigeration involves this: Purchasing insulation from Behlen for present grain storage structures, or obtaining the entire Behlen insulated struc- ture. A cooling unit keeps corn at the desired temperature — if it's fed, it never has to be dried out. It will simply be kept cool, preventing spoilage until it's ready to be fed. The advantages of shelled corn harvesting are so great over ear corn harvesting that almost all farmers will eventually be forced to choose one of the above storage and handling methods. No doubt about it, timely harvesting is one of the most important steps in getting top crop yields. Both yield and quality suffer if you don't have the equipment to finish harvest while crops are in the best stage. Check this evidence: Corn — You lose about a bushel per acre for every week harvest is delayed after October 15th. Soybeans — Losses increase as moisture content drops below 14%. Losses average 3 bushels per acre higher at 10% moisture than at 14%. Grain sorghum — Yields can drop 8% for each week of delay. A spell of bad weather can take the whole crop. You'll get some good guide lines to use in determining your future harvesting, handling and storing program if you attend the Clinic. Illinois farmer Ned Brown solved his corn handling problem with a new Behlen drying and storing system. He likes the fact that it avoids a long wait in elevator lines. m

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