The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 13, 1957 · Page 38
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 38

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, June 13, 1957
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SU MMER SEED IN G lor next year's hay Ho need lo buy several insecticides -when one will do the job! Get five farm cses in one economical insecticide—Geigy Metnoaychlor. ' Ixng fteadoal Geigy Methoxychlor lias low toadty to humans .vaarmiAooded animals. Iti* itefther excreted in mQk nor accumulated in the Jjal ^OfiOiUtiUuS MO ^lUy iOffi 'fCUl vie Jf lifcnt* ranmmnil insertiridg for 54n-l control; fortive- dealer for >day. Follow directions on labeL *»*t> PHOTO CREDITS Wxrtos; Ddnte Tranquille; Ohio Department vtfffahiral Resources; Louise Price Sell. SPRAY LESS and PAY for effective fly control J in dairy barns until long residual D1AZINON I One spraying kills flies for 4-8 weeks KES, SMMV 1£SS «fMt EFFECTIVE FLY CONTROL because one spraying -of Diazinon on dairy bam walls and ceilings kills flies and Mains this lolling power for 4-8 weeks. MYUSS FOB EFFECTIVE FLY CONTROL because usually two sprayings of Diarinoo win solve your fly control probJem all season. This means less time, less labor, and less inconvenience. So, <his year lull flies the easy, modern way with Diazinon. Remember, one spraying of Diazinon retains its fly killing power 4-8 weeks.That means real economy and convenience. Call your &rm supply dealer and ask for long residual Diazinoa today. OHtatutnuis or; ODT arsccrtcmr* .TURAL CHEMICALS Start things rolling now for a bigger and. better alfalfa crop in 1958. Late summer seedings, when Bandied properly, will give you one, possibly two, cuttings the following year and if the land is fenced you can do some grazing. First order of business is. to get out and take soil samples. Send them to your county agent or state experiment station for testing.. Acting quickly will eliminate the chance of being held up by the last- minute rush that quite often lifts -soft testing laboratories around the end of July. When you send in the soil samples,, be sure to state that you are planning on growing al-' falfa. Otherwise, the soil testers won't know what to recommend in the way of lime and fertilizer. Next, start to work the ground. Get the field broken deep. If time permits, -disk it thoroughly once a •week for several weeks prior to . seeding. This will do an excellent job of killing weeds that raise havoc with new seedings. As soon as you have soil test results, lime'the field as -directed. Tests should tell you how much lime will be needed to bring pH to 6.6 or above. This is -most-important You can't grow alfalfa in arid soils. August 1 to September-1 is die best seeding time. Just when you -seed during the month of August 'will depend on available moisture and the condition of the seedbed. Be sure to use only certified seed and pick a variety recommended for your local area. Try' to select one that is long-lasting and fairly wilt-resistant. Another thing to be sure to do is inoculate the seed. Cost is small and it is an investment that pays big'dividends. " As for seeding rates, drill in any- .where from 15 to 20 pounds per acre for straight alfalfa seedings. Where the alfalfa is to be sown in combination with grasses, 15 Ibs. of , alfalfa per acre should do the trick. Band seeding is recommended. Chickweed is the main bugaboo as far as late summer seedings of alfalfa are concerned. It becomes ~ ' a problem when you don't get a good cover of legumes and grasses. To control chickweed in new seed- ings, spray with a mixture of 1 to 1J* pounds of dinitro in 30 to 40 gal T ions of water. Spray when the alfalfa is dormant, but try to do it on a day when the temperature is above 50 degrees. "Once you've got a good stand of alfalfa established, take care of it. During the first year, plan to cut it only once — twice'at the most This will mean more hay in later seasons. After 'the first year, plan on getting three cuttings. Bemem- ber that good hay stands require maintenance fertilizer. 400 Ibs. of 0-15-30 per acre each year should do the job. Following these good cultural practices will keep you in forage for hay, silage or pasture for several years to come. • Lime is essential to -good crops. What's more you can usually -get some help in paying for-it by cooperating in the Agricultural Conservation Program. Bulk spreading of lime is available in most all localities. It saves you plenty of time and labor and is cheaper than spreading it yourself. Taking a'good soil sample is most important in helping establish new seedings. Don't mix soils that have light ond dark colored surfaces. Take one composite sample made up of five individual samples gathered over an area which has a similar soil type. Stay away from fence rows, gravel roads, etc., when sampling. Dust from a crushed limestone road'can cause a sample to be misleading.

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