The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 8, 1966 · Page 25
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 25

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FULL STANDS YIELD MORE FEED Joseph Faivre has found that fields planted to full capacity not only yield better, but control weeds and hold down evaporation. tohealth for spring Give spring chicks a healthy start Protect your little with Terramycin® Poultry Formula (oxytetracycline HCI) containing Anti-Germ 77®. Helps assure a fast, healthy start. Gives potent antibiotic protection inside the bird...and kills disease germs in the drinking water, too, Help tiring older layers produce like they thought they were fall pullets again, give 'ern ~ o, QMS. Pfizer & Co., Inc., •^^V>«^ww'ywvj,s^my^||^^*KirWrWJJ»I*>" Reduces risk of dlse^nd^f ^rlo^ spring weather stress^. Get one WIK pack- a$e of Terramycin Egg *' Formula...get one free. See coupon in the April Successful Farming. Y ields are just as important to a livestock feeder as to a grain farmer. The extra yield that results from a little extra effort can be the difference between a profit and a loss on the stock in your lots. As farmers and experts at the Corn-Soybean Clinics pointed out during winter meetings, you have to go through the same motions for a big yield as a small one—plowing, planting, cultivating, and harvesting—so you might just as well plant thick and aim for all you can get. Skimping on seed at planting is about as practical as taking long steps to save your shoes. Seed makes up only 3% to 5% of your crop costs. By spending a little extra for seed of the right variety and planting enough to get a full stand, you can boost yields by 15% to 30%. Making those figures a little more meaningful, let's say you have 100 acres of corn and it costs you.$2 an acre for the extra seed needed to plant the soil to its full capacity. If you get a 15 bushel increase per acre (studies show that's easily possible with high plant populations), the extra corn on the 100 acres would add up to $1,500 on $1 corn. Just how thick should you plant corn? Since experience is the best teacher, Farm and Home Section put that question to some top farmers around the Midwest. Here's what they told us: "I make a point of planting all the corn my ground can handle," says Bob Gabeline, Louisa County, Iowa. "I planted 22,500 kernels per acre last year, and aimed for a final stand of 21,000 plants." He's experimented with several different populations, and feels 21,000 is best for his. soil. "If I can average 140 bushels on all my com ground, I'm pretty satisfied," Gabeline states matter-of-factly. "If I don't reach that, I'm a little disappointed. And if I can get more, I'll take it!" He fell just short of his goal last year, with a 135 bushel average on 595 acres. Another farmer-feeder who squeezes out every last bushel his soil is capable of yielding is Melvin JMefstead, Kings, Illinois. "I kept running small test plots each year, and kept increasing my population until I got it so high that I got some barren stalks. I've found that a stand of around 20,000 plants per acre is best for my soil." Then Nefstead makes a good point: "I think every farmer has to feel out his own soil to see what population is best. You just can't pick a population that someone else found best. Soils differ from farm to farm, and in my own case, they often differ from field to field." Nefstead has apparently hit the right formula for his soil — he harvested over 80,000

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