bushels from his 800 acres of corn land last year. With better rainfall, he might have reached 100,000. Despite dry conditions in his part of the country, Clarence W. James, Pennville, Indiana, averaged 135 bushels per acre on his thickly planted com ground. James put down 20,000 plants per acre, and plans to go higher this year. He feels he hasn't reached the saturation point yet Another farmer who's pushing populations up is Joseph Faivre, DeKalb, Illinois. He planted at different populations to suit the fertility of his various fields, ranging from 19,000 to as high as 24,000 plants per acre. As a result, he averaged better than 110 bushels on his 300 acres of com land last year. All three of these farmers point out the importance of supplying plenty of fertilizer to support the heavy seeding rates. They treat their soil like a spoiled child — anything it wants, it gets. Soil tests are used extensively. You Can Have More Yields With Soybeans Too For soybeans, Narrower rows are helping soybean growers to increase populations per acre, and are resulting in substantially higher yields. Most soybean growers agree that there's as much or more reason to plant soybeans in narrow rows than there is to plant corn in narrow rows. One grower who has evidence of that fact is Otto "Spike" Genets, Petersburg, Illinois. "I tried some 30-inch com rows last year, and while I had the narrow row planter I decided to try narrow rows on hah* of my soybeans, too. The soybean yields were even more impressive than the corn — I got 45 bushels per acre on the narrow rows compared to 37 bushels on the regular rows. This year I'm planting all of my soybeans in 30- inch rows." Colleges support Genets' results: "Row widths of 20 to 24 inches will yield about 15% more than rows of 40 to 42 inches," reports C. R. Weber, of Iowa State University. "Regardless of row width, however, you should plant good germinating, inoculated seed at 12 beans per foot of row," he advises. The economics of high population makes good sense: The extra seed per acre to plant 24-inch rows may cost $2 to $3 — but a 15% yield increase can return $10 to $11 worth of extra soybeans. Contrary to the popular belief that fertilizer doesn't pay on soybean ground, some growers who insure high fertility with special applications are getting up to 8 bushels more per acre. They report that bean plants are 5 to 6 inches higher on fertilized acres — allowing more space for bean pods to form. For either corn or beans, there are some obvious advantages of thicker planting that some farmers never think of. Faivre points out several: "Weeds aren't nearly as big a problem in heavy populations. They need sun to do well, and once thick crops get past waist high, weeds see about as much sun as a coal miner. "Another thing, shade really cuts down on evaporation. Nearly every drop of rain you get soaks in — very little is steamed off," he says. I made a hog of myself Varieties It's logical. The more grain you grow, the more hogs you can feed out. So be "hoggish" when it comes to corn yields. Plant modern DeKalb Brand XL Hybrid Varieties. They're bred for more tolerance to disease and insects. Bred for thick planting and high fertility. Bred to stand ... to shell out bigger yields of plump, energy-rich grain. Plant all DeKalb Brand Breakthru and XL Corn Varieties. This Held sign identifies a wise choice in seed corn. "DEKALB" is a Registered Brand Name. "XL" is a variety designation. MORE FARMERS PLANT DEKALB THAN ANY OTHER BRAND Planting to capacity and choosing the best hybrids for your farm can mean an extra 15 to 20 bushels of livestock feed per acre.
What members have found on this page
Get access to Newspapers.com
- The largest online newspaper archive
- 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
- Millions of additional pages added every month