The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 14, 1959 · Page 30
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 30

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, May 14, 1959
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the VSFBASS.silage Has increased rapidly in'importance on many fabns, For example, in Ohio alone, grass-legume forage mixtures harvested for silage have increased from 83,000 to approximately 667,000 tons in just the last few years, ' • The development of efficient forage harvesting equipment and horizontal silos has been among the major contributing factors fof this shift to grass silage, .In Alabama the cost of harvesting, storing arid feeding a ton of silage from an Upright silo was $5.18 as com* pared with $3.93 for trench silos. Trench and bunker silos lend them- selvcs well to self feeding operations., Since self feeding requires only occasional moving of a gate, loosening of silage and removing the cover, considerable savings in labor can be obtained. Use of other than conventional silos requires greater care in storage, however. A good job of packing and sealing the silage from the air is essential. Otherwise, losses may be much, greater than those encountered with upright silos. Usual losses from conventional silqs range from 10 to 15% of the original dry matter. In horizontal silos dry matter losses have been known to be as great as 31!?. Therefore, without proper storage, the savings in costs by using horizontal silos may be more than offset by excessive silage losses. , ;.The" first fe^«fre^n^nt' ! ife highflqti"dll^\ silage ;!s tb^fctit fdrkge ', when the'nutriehtJi6iifent ? fs:hlgLI'tt^js; another'falctotM favor: of , silage father than Kay, "ft ean\be.{^t,at;lnis,''itag^Witff less risklof' limrifllOf fltstfiarfo ttrttiMrtffai^'rt^S'ii^V&llwJw^jiMi'4»«1k»» it.*k »....tijL.< ij' - w t ««*»^ . *fc •*«»»*, ww',>*Wfc , CT^fc Una, Ol»l'«s YYJUI 1CO3 'llOIk Vfl ' weatheif damage.- However/ thislsj^limriortattt'ufilesV 4 ffie,quality i's ; preserved until the Silage feach^s the fee*d buttle. , ;?>?->'"",, ; : : , : ! Sildge must be packed to deduce &it space. 1 Ofher^Jse loss,of feeding Value Will .pccur ffdrri^Verheatihg,- Bes( job of padding '' dan be^tajnedjwh^the ttpcontains from 60 to 70S6'moisture, »V"/ 6hce th6 buhk^r^br trencli^ is* properly''filled and packed, a,good c cover or sear will preserve, thb silage. A^aJvef^.whenVwell sealed, :. .serves hvo purp^osies. ft cut^,,(Jbwh oh 1 top spoilage Snd fermentation losses by restricting air! Also it protects the silage fro.rffrafn, which decreases its dry matter content. If the dry matter content isn*t. high enough, livestock will able to consume ^enough silage to obtain required amounts of nutrients, „.,, . ," Many materials can'be used^for covering.a silo, tlpwever/the trend is toward polyethylene arid polyvinyl chloride^ plastic, filmsl Black plastic films which are about .004 inch thick have worke'd out .very-well. Through experience it has beeri found that the sun deteriorates clear film. Also .thinner films tear too easily.?; ' '. . GER-PAK polyethylene-silo film cuts silage losses virtually to nil when installed properly to provide air-tight cover. Here are additional benefits: • Stores extra silage when present facilities are filled. • Takes care of temporary increases in size of herd. • Silage can be placed near livestock for added convenience. • Provides storage for pasture clippings. The cost of this versatile film runs amazingly low — an average of 27c per square yard for 6 mil (.006 in.) thickness, sufficient to cover a ton of silage! Not only do you have flexibility as to where you can set up your silos, but GER-PAK film saves you money two ways. First, you avoid the initial investment for a permanent silo —vat cost upwards of $3,000 ;— and second, you avoid the increased assessments that are placed on permanent construction. The Short Way to Say Superior Polyethylene Film OTHER USES FOR 6ER-MK POLYETHYLENE FILM Mulching Greenhouses Fumigation . Equipment Blankets Coven It will pay you to learn more of the rapidly growing use of GER-PAK Film for agricultural service including mulching to eliminate weeding and to bring crops in earlier for better prices; plastic greenhouses; poultry house plastic glazing; soil fumigation covers; livestock shelters; and a variety of other agricultural applications, • Virgin Polyethylene Filrn Gering Products, Inc., Keni!worth, N, J. COST-CUTTING GER-PAK FILM FOR SILOS comes In Widths up to 40 feet by 100 feet long, In 4 ml) and 6 mil thickness, Silo caps for tower silos are available In 6 standard diameters from 12-foot.through 24-foot, In both 4 mil and 6 mil, All are sunlight- and weather-resistant, lightweight yet .tough, Inert to soil and chemicals, FREE GER-PAK AgrhNews Bulletin Service contains latest authoritative data on agricultural uses of GER-PAK Film. Write today to Gering'Agrlcultural Service', Department RG-5. Modern equipment speeds up grass .silage making for,this farmer and "'enables him to* harvest Ijis crop daring the ,,time when ;the r riytrient \ content, is nighest/ * HpWeve'r,,. un, less he properly stores'this silage the, present high 'quality' will be lost before it reaches the feed bunk. The first requirement for proper storage is well packed silage. These brothers have done a good job of this in their trench silo. However, the storage job is not yet satisfactorily completed. An airtight covering is essential to preserve the silage from now until it is used. -,'- This tracto'r does a good job of packing the silage in a bunker silo. Silage must be packed-well to reduce air space. Too much air causes overheating which reduces the.feed value of the silage. "Best compaction is obtained when the crop contains from 60 to 70% moisture. Some farmers use their cultivators to level the silage. Notice how the plastic film covering this trench silo is well sealed about the, edges with soil to make it airtight. Around the outside of, the silo an 8 to 10 inch trench was dug and the edges of the plastic were then placed in it and buried, When covering a trench silo, allow about a 12*inch overlap to make sure you have enough plastic to place in the trench, -Be sure that the cover is snug but hot stretched. Stop Swine Erysipelas FAST with INJECTION BICILLIN" FORTIFIED Hcn/aihinc penicillin (i anil Procainc penicillin (i, Wyelh You must act fast when swine erysipelas strikes! INJECTION BICILLIN. FORTIFIED gives you fast treatment* of swine erysipelas with only one injection. INJECTION BICILLIN FORTIFIED attacks swine erysipelas by providing immediate, high penicillin blood leyels to fight severe infection with high fever. But it also provides lower, prolonged penicillin blood levels which are maintained.up to 5 days and help to prevent relapse, recurrence,and rein- fection. ' REMEMBER: At first sign of swine erysipelas, attack it with one injection of INJECTION BICILLIN FORTIFIED. *Combined with specific antiserum, AVAILABLE: INJECTION BICILLIN FORTIFIED 300 Vials of 10 and 50 cc.; 150,000 units of BICILLIN and 150,000 units of procaine penicillin G per cc, INJECTION BICILLIN FORTIFIED 600 TUBEX*; 300,000 units of BICILLIN and 300,000 units of prpcaine penicillin G per 1-cc. Tubex with sterile'needle unit: Philadelphia 1.1'.,

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