The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 11, 1944 · Page 21
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January 11, 1944

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 21

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F A R M , J a n u a r y , 1 9 4 4 Boost Corn Yield With Fertilizers About 24 per cent o£ Iowa's corn acreage will respond profitably to applications of commercial fertilizer, according to field tests conducted by Iowa State college agronomists. Average yields were increased by 8.7 bushels per acre in 49 tests in eastern Iowa when 100 pounds of fertilizer were applied v.'ith a fertilizer' attachment. The average cost of such application over the past 4 years was S1.7S per acre. Such applications prove profitable even on many fairly fertile soils. Unfertilized check plots adjacent to the above tests averaged C8 bushels of corn per acre, as compared with the 76.7 bushels on the fertilized plots. Only about half as much fertilizer is required with a planter attachment as when it is broadcast. In the interest oC making the best possible use of the limited supplies of . fertilizer in 1944 food production,. agronomists " urge farmers to order planter attachments, or new planters with attachments, as early us possible. Phosphate fertilizer in northern Iowa tests not only increased yields profitably but also hastened maturity and improved the quality of the corn crop. Estimated corn acreage that can profitably be fertilized varies from 49 per cent in the northeast dairy section to 38 per cent in the southern pasture area, 32 per cent in the east central livestock area, 15 per cent in the north central cash grain area, and 2 per cent in the western livestock ami. Amounts lhat can profitably be applied to corn ground, as well as the formula that should be .used, will vary according to type of soil and management practices. Leaflets governing such recommendations may be obtained through county-extension directors. Since Iowa farmers can prof- itably use 6 times as much fertilizer as they used in 1943, agronomists urge that they file their orders with local dealers as soon as needs are determined. Production may be increased if early demand warrants. He's Butler to a Leghorn Hen Fredericksbure, () -- B o b Tennell likes the eggs which a Leghorn hen insists on laying only on the Tennell back porch, but it's a bother, having to act as butler in the bargain. Each day, the little hen scratches and fusses until she is admitted, and then when the egg is laid, she fusses until she is let out. What's wrong with The reasons for Iowa's Livestock and Poultry Teed shortages... and what we can do to help sofve them. CONSUMPTION OF PROTEINS Few of us realize the tremendous food production battle being waged on Iowa's farms this winter. America has asked the farrtier to produce more cattle, hogs, chickens, milk and eggs than ever before in history. This requires more livestock feed than ever before. - - / - . . . ' . *.J To meet this crjtical problem, Iowa feeders, - farmers and feedmen are working together in a great co-operative effort to win this battle. Here is how they are doing it; · R^J I BlW J To stretch protein ingredients, feed mixers and fanners ore voluntarily resv ! ne protein content of feeds to 35% or less, so supplies will go further, -and give every farmer a 'fair proportion. Iowa · feeders M»4 share both animal and vegetable proteins with the non-producing ' areas of the 'east and west coast. Also a portion of the soybean production has been allocated by the government for human consumption. MIXED FEEDS The blending of ' minerals, proteins and vitamins into 'one b.ag makes' them more efficient. Less feed is, -required- to produ«: the same amount of s»in. It saves ' the"." farmer's · time. .' W W Corn produces nearly twice 35 much gain per bucket when balanced with proteins, minerals and Trt»ain» Farmers are using ration- 1 ' nc- in« supplement! to »tr**ch {rain supplies to the very limit. . . . will help you solve these problems Feed o Balanced Ration See Your Mor-Goin Dealer Northwestern Distributing Co. 1941 Iowa Hog Total 1943 Iowa HOST Total 1941 Iowa Laying Hens 1943 fowa Laying Hens 1941 fowa Milk Cows 1943 Iowa Milk Cows 1941 Iowa Steers 1943 fowa Steers 1941 Iowa Farmers Feeding Proteins 1943 '° Wa Farmers Feeding Proteins PRODUCTION OF PROTEINS Soybean Meal -- 15% diverted to Lcnd-Lease and for human consumption. Fish Meal -- Virtually unobtainable in Iowa. (All being fed in coastal areas.) Cottonseed Meal -- Virtually unobtainable in Iowa. (AH being fed in tbe South,) Linseed Meal-- Only very small amounts obtainable. Protein Imports -- Virtually cut off by the war. Iowa Proteins -- Musi.be shared with non-producing areas. T»» ·*«»« fMmrn *»H »·· »»»ry. 20% to 25% stock and poultry being fed. Seven farmers feeding protein* today, where only three fed .them in 1941. Less protein available per animal unit. WHAT WE CAN DO: Feed a BLEND of animal and vegetable proteins, balanced with minerals and vitamins. Blending produces better gains with LESS feed at less cost--means more . feed 'for your neighbor, and FOR YOU.. CONSULT YOUR FEED DEALER Iowa feed mills are scouring the Nation to obtain every bit of available feeding materials for you. These supplies are blended with scientific skill to give you the utmost in feeding efficiency. See your local feed dealer. He can help you with your feeding problems. Mason City, Iowa

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