The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 15, 1956 · Page 16
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 15, 1956
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£ £ .« = g £ III "Be broke today without my sprinkler irrigation system, "says truck farmer ~' >. ' ~ Henry Smith, produce grower, says, "I bought my system in '50 and if yon don't even count the first years, it paid for itself During the Draught in 1954." Mr. Smith tells of getting $1,500 for collards that he wouldn't have gotten out of the ground withoutins Alcoa® Aluminum Pipe system. Mr. Smith hasn't replaced a piece of the rugged Alcoa Aluminum Pipe in over five years of tough service. Full thickness,-highly corrosion resistant, it does every irrigation job,' doesn't require finicky handling. Mr. Smith also finds its light weight makes it easy to string over bis hilly land. Henry Gramling, Alcoa Aluminum Pipe dealer,', was Mr. Smith's adviser. Mr. Smith says, '"The Gramling service department gives me sound advice and prompt attention." There is more Alcoa Aluminum Irrigation Pipe in service than all other brands combined. For the name of your local distributor of irrigation systems using Alcoa Aluminum Irrigation Pipe, fill out the coupon below. THE ALCOA HOUR Television'* finest live Drama Alternate Sunday Evenings Look for ffltt JabcJ—it's your .guide to fh» b«st in aluminum value in farm roofing, farm gates, irrigation pip*. I - v • ~~~ ~~~~ . 1^^ i ALUMINUM COMPANY OF AMBJrCA ' ^ 1 2157^ Alcoa Buflding, Pittsburgh 19. Pa. J Please send me Mte name of my Alcoa Aluminum Irrigation Pipe JfREEcopy «f njpefihex *o ffofit. |Name 1 . -.-..-..".. x ^ '. 1 Address ~ r»y an d Stof* I - •. . ' , — i. . . • ; "i i Distributor and a | 1 1 I j 1 J ASK ABOUT THESE OTHER ALCOA PRODUCTS FOR BETTER FARMING Q Send .Information about Alcoa Aluminum Q Send information about Alcoa Aluminum Farm Gates LET forage help you beat the squeeze on high-fixed production costs and lower farm prices. Pasture is your cheapest feed, according to R. H. Hodgson of the USDA Bureau of Animal Industry. Grass costs only 30 cents to produce 100 pounds of digestible nutrients. Hay costs about 50 cents; corn silage 90 cents. This compares to $1.30 for an equal amount of corn. Feed is the largest single cost item in the production of milk (50 per cent), eggs (65 per cent), and meat (80-85 per cent). That is why low-cost pasture, hay, and silage are so important to profit farming. New methods of handling forage make them more valuable than most cash : crops. Legume-grass mixtures produce total digestible nutrients equivalent to IJi acres of corn, 2 acres of oats, or IJj acres of barley. Rotating and irrigating pastures makejthem produce more. The recent' practice of "zero" grazing increases pasture yields from 50 to 200 per cent. ! Hay value has been improved probably more than any other crop. Better bales, chopping, barn-drying, and dehydration are saving more leaves. The difference between a ton of good hay and a ton of poor hay has been estimated at $15 to $20 in terms of purchased feed. Legume-grass mixtures like this not only produce large quantities pf feed over a long season, but they have tendency to balance themselves in a ration. In this case, the alfalfa furnishes protein which'helps balance the total digestible nutrients in the bromegrass. Top quality pastures eqn produce from" 500'to 600 pounds of-beef per acre. It is this'kind of high quality yields at low cost that makes grass one of our cheapest feeds. Grass also has a tendency to improve soil, prevent erosion, and stabilize farm production.

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