The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 15, 1956 · Page 77
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 77

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 15, 1956
Page 77
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"Be broke today without my sprinkler irrigation system, "says truck farmer Mr Smith tells of getting $1,500 for collards that he wouldn t have gotten out of the ground without his 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 his 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 Televlilon'i Flnett live Drama Alternate Sunday Evening* Leek for thin Wbe/—it's your guide to the best in aluminum value in farm roofing, farm gates, irrigation pipe. I ALUMINUM COMPANY OF AMERICA | 2157-E Alcoa Building, Pitt»burgh 19, Pa. |Pleaie .end me the nome of my Alcoa Aluminum Irrigation Pipe Diitrlbufor and a | FREE copy of P/petfnei to Profit. I j Name ~~~ (Addreti City and State I ASK ABOUT tHISf OTHER ALCOA PRODUCTS FOR iETTER FARMING Q Send Information about Afcoa Aluminum Farm Roofing [J Send information about Alcoa Aluminum Farm Gal«» 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 product 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 (80-8o per cent). That is why low-cost pasture, hay, and silage are so important to profit fanning. New methods of handling forage make them more valuable than most cash crops. Legume-grass mixtures produce total digestible nutrients equivalent to 1* acres ot corn, 2 acres of oats, or IK acres of barley. Rotating and irrigating pastures make them 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 of 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 can produce from 500 to 600 pounds of beef per acre. It is this kind of high quplity 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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