Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on July 16, 1948 · Page 23
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 23

Mason City, Iowa
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Friday, July 16, 1948
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Mason City Globe-bazerr Can Increase Alfalfa Jieed Production Alfalfa seed production can be increased from li to 6 bushels . per acre by controlling insects with DDT, says Extension Entomologist Harold Gunderson. Gunderson's sugestions for controlling the insects are 2 separate applications of 1 pound actual DDT per acre on 2nd growth alfalfa. The first one pound application should be made when the alfalfa is 4 to 6 inches high and the 2nd treatment made just before the first blooms open. The DDT may be sprayer or dusted on with either air or ground equipment. If treatment is held off until the alfalfa is in bloom the DDT will harm bees which help seed production, Gunderson warned. Red clover grown for seed can also be given the DDT treatment, although it may not re- spond with as high seed increases as alfalfa. No experimental results are available on treating red clover. Alfalfa or red clover treated with DDT should not be fed to dairy cows that are in production. The DDT will not harm the animals but the chemical does show up on the butterfat of milk produced by cows eating DDT-treated hay. For best seed production, the use- of bees in the fields should be included with the insect control treatment. College recommendations are for the use of 2 colonies of bees per acre of alfalfa and 4 colonies per acre in red clover fields. COTTONWOOD NO. 1 The cottonwood served the early settlers with shade, fuel posts and lumber but was displaced later by more durable woods. Now a war-caused shortage of lumber has turned attention to it again. Production has gradually stepped up, until in 1945 and 1946 the cottonwood was the leading lumber-producing tree in the state. GET BOTH IM DUPLEX 7 CU. FT. ftffRKEMm IFROSTAIR'S cold comes from the j walls, with no waste space. Room 'for everything from tall bottles to plump melons at handy reach[in-level. Air is always motionless, always moist. Foods can't trade tastes. Everything stays fresh in uncovered dishes. Five trays fast- freeze 90 cubes, three times an evening. 3.5 CU. FT. ZERO LOCKER Constant zero cold keeps food frozen-fresh for months. Quantity purchases help save money on food. Twin bins store 130 Ibs. of meat or 80 qts^of fruits and vegetables. i y/s/ >»ys.^* f ^' tfe? ^^ ? ^ > ^^~~^^^^^^:: H«igM, 69'A'^iWidth, 33>/ a "—Depth, 30" 'TWO COMPRESSORS Two refrigeration units insure correct temperatures" 1 in each compartment. You benefit from maximum, economy and dependability. •> MASON CITY APPLIANCE STO 211 South Federal Phone 1103 Kildee Gives Steps in Soil Saving Plans The first.and most important tep in soil conservation is wise and use, says Dean H. H. Kildee of toe division of Agncul- ure, director of the extension ervice at Iowa State college. Iowa farmers need to increase he acreage of grasses and legumes in order to control erosion, maintain soil fertility and produce livestock and livestock products efficiently and economical- y, Dean Kildee said. During the war Iowa farmers ncreased their acreage of row crops by more than 2i million acres in order to comply with wartime needs. At the same lime pasture and hay acreage was reduced by li million acres. Dean Kildee pointed out that lowans are now growing 28 per cent fewer acres of soil-conserving crops than in 1940. Checking erosion by contouring, terracing, using grassed waterways and building dams is another way to conserve soil. Dean Kildee pointed out that planting an estimated million acres of corn and soybeans on the contour in 1946 probably resulted in saving some 5 million tons of soil. This saving would be equivalent to 4-inches of top soil on 60 average-sized farms ; n the state. Dean Kildee expressed the need for more adequate drainage in several sections of the state. Disastrous floods have reminded Hawkeye state citizens of the need for water as well as soil conservation. Iowa farmers are becoming increasingly conscious of the importance of maintaining soil fertility, Dean Kildee feels. More than 20 times as much commercial fertilizer is being used now as compared with 10 years ago. However, Dean Kildee pointed out that, along with increased use of fertilizer, the conservation and efefctive use of farm manure is an important step in soil conservation. The manure produced, annually on Iowa farms contains over 600,000 tons of plant food,, in addition to supplying much need humus. But an estimated 50 per cent of this plant food never gets back to the soil because of poor management of manure. Mufch Saves Trees by Holding Moisture A good mulch will hold moisture and help save trees from possible damage or death in the event of a continued dry period. Extension Foresters R. B. Campbell and R. B. Grsu advise heavy straw, coarsely ground corncobs or sawdust for an excellent mulch. Manure or ma- nured straw will harm the trees, they warn. Placing the mulch in a circle of about 2 or 3 feet around the tree, and up to within a few inches of (.lie stem is most advisable. In case of a dry period tht trees may be heavily watered where possible. Farm economists ?ay 1949 looks like a promising year for hog feeders. HOUSE PAINT Gallon $5.22 SHEPHERD'S PAINT & WALLPAPER 27 First St. S. E. Phone t362

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