The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on April 1, 1936 · Page 24
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April 1, 1936

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 24

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TEN MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE IOWA SEED CORN TESTING NEEDED A DEPENDABLE SOURCE OF SUPPLY OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS We ore prepared to serve you as we Inave in the past with highest quality gasoline, kerosene, tractor fuel, lubricating oils, greases, and paints at reasonable prices. When in need of petroleum products call on Farmers' Co-operative Gas 8 Oil Co. Mason City, Iowa Phone 299 OUR PROFITS ARE YOUR DIVIDENDS In Tire Business Martin A. Mulligan is the manager of Mulligan and Son, distributor for the General tire in North Central Iowa. At present there is a showing of the new General dual 10 tire, which is designed to stop skidding accidents. Herdsmen's Course. Reg-istrations for the eighth annual Herdsmen's Course at the Pennsylvania State college March 2 to 7 should be sent to Dean R. L. Watts, State college, Pennsylvania. OLIVER" "70" ROW-CROP The New, Modern Air-Flow Tractor that is taking the corn- belt by storm. All we ask is that you see it before you buy. OLIVER · NICHOLS 8 SHEP RED RIVER SPECIAL Thresh with the Famous "4" Thresher- men and you will have the finest, cleanest job possible. OLIVER SUPERIOR 75A SPREADER Easy to load, easy to pull, easy to operate. Superior in name and performance. OLIVER 9C CORN PLANTER The Oliver 9C Edge-drop Corn Planter is rapidly gaining in popularity with Iowa farmers due to its Dependable Accuracy! Light Draft Simplicity and Durable Construction. FARM EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY PHONE 1056 107 EIGHTH ST. S. E. Individual Test Urged by Porter Low Germination Crop Prevalent in State. Unless all corn planted in Iowa is carefully tested, there are going to be a lot of failures to get a stand and many fields with thin stands. This is the judgment of those who have been testing corn from many parts of the state. If corn will germinate 90 per cent strong or better, an individual ear test will not pay, it has been proved. But if corn germinates only GO or 70 per cent strong, then the only sure way of sorting the good ears from the bad ones is to make an individual ear test, asserts R. H. Porter, who is in charge of the seed laboratory at Iowa State college. Ames. "I do not believe that a lot of people realize the seriousness of the seed corn situation," Mr. Porter commented. "Many of them are sitting back comfortably on the basis of tests made last December, but the extremely cold weather oj January and February this year ruined corn that ordinarily would not have been hurt. Too Much Moisture. "Corn with 15 per cent moisture will safely stand a temperature of 5 degrees below zero, but the average moisture content of corn in fields and cribs was nearer 20 per cent last December. Seed corn which was dry when stored and has been kept in a heated basement or a partially heated 'ip- stairs room is probably safe." One testing station in northern Iowa recently gathered r0 ears from each of 75 farmers in Hancock, Winnebago. Hamilton, Wrig-ht, Kossuth and Humboldt counties in order to make individual ear tests of the corn. After the test was made, the ears were divided into two classes--good and bad. The good ears were those showing 5 or 6 kernels out of 6 with strong germination. Results of the test showed that approximately 53 per cent of the ears were good and 17 per cent bad. Dropped From 32 to tit. Some corn that tested 91 per cent in December now tests only 82 per cent. One crib of 1933 corn was reduced from 92 per cent germination to 64 per cent during the winter, and a crib of 1935 corn dropped from 88 per cent to 72 per cent during- January and February, Porter has found. It may be necessary for many Iowa farmers to plant corn with lower than usual germination this spring, and the thing to do under such conditions, Porter declares, is to increase the rate of planting. The germination of his corn should be accurately determined by each farmer, and no farmer should be over-confident about the condition of his seed corn. Bulletin E101, now available at the extension service, Iowa State college, explains the rag doll method of making an individual ear test. This Farmer Got Dry and Warm Floor Through Accident A New York farmer says he obtained a dry and warm concrete floor in his new cow stable by accident. He had to fill in for the floor and for this purpose he used a supply of field stone that he wanted to get out of the way. He leveled these off, with the smaller stones at the top. He spread heavy waterproof building paper over the stone and then placed his concrete. To the air space between stones was giv-. en the credit of the dry and warmer floor. LONG DISTANCE RECOP.D A Jersey cow in the herd of S. R. Griffin, DeWitt county, Illinois, has produced more than 500 pounds fat a year for more than six consecutive years. She has a total of one and four-fifths tons of butterfat to her credit during this 1 period., , , .

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