will be, two of the most important features to consider in selecting a hybrid. A good standing corn is especially important if you live where high winds and storms are common. Smart producers are planting all the seed their corn ground can handle. In addition to the single crosses, a number of 3-way and 4-way cross hybrids are now on the market which are specifically bred for increased yields at heavier plant populations. Short stalk hybrids are also more resistant to lodging. Choose hybrids that show tolerance to the main yield robbers — corn borers, stalk rot, and leaf blight. They have a big advantage over those that aren't resistant. And keep this in mind — varieties with extra good husk cover give added-protection from insects. Soybeans . . . Look for varieties that have these things going for them: High yields, correct maturity, good standability, and disease and insect resistance. Most varieties are sensitive to length of day and do their best only in a relatively narrow zone, north to south. So, for top yields, you need to grow the variety proved best for your area. Experiment station trials are constantly reshuffling varieties as new ones prove themselves. Therefore, selecting and planting the latest recommended variety requires an alertness that can be highly rewarding. Of course, seed should be free of stems, pods, cracked beans and other debris, and needs sufficient germination to insure good stands — at least 85"%. Inoculating seed is essential if plants are to fix a maximum amount of nitrogen. If the soybean seed you buy has not been inoculated, you can have it custom-treated or, if you wish, you can treat the seed yourself, using either a slurry or dry treatment. Since germination is the key to high yields, you can achieve maximum stands by adjusting your planting rate according to germination. Low germinating seed requires higher seeding rates, and vice-versa. Poor germination is usually the main reason for thin stands in any grain crop. A seed sample survey in Iowa last spring showed some farmers were planting oats that germinated less than 20%. One out of five samples tested under 70%. One- fourth of the samples were under 80% germination. All of the samples were planted in test plots. Those with germination above 75% produced an average of 17 bu. per acre more than those germinating 75% or less. So you see, there are times when it pays to be hard-nosed. Seed buying time is one of them. Put YIELD BRIAN 111) in your planter boxes. Plant the NEW—MODERN corn—DEKALB XL's—the famous Breakthru Family of Single and 3-way crosses. These new, tough hybrids have given a breakthru in better all-around corn performance and higher yields. They're bred shorter to stand better—bred for the extra stresses of early, thick planting—for added fertility—to hold their ears and fight disease and insects—bred for the extra yield that can put extra dollars in your pocket. Let DeKalb XL's plus DeKalb's 5 point Profit Program help you make the most from your corn land. 1—Plant ALL DeKalb 3—Apply more Fertilizer 2- Plant Thick and Early 4- Control Weeds 5—Control insects The sensational demand for DeKalb XL's has caused a supply shortage in some varieties. If you have ordered, arrange for EARLY delivery with your DeKalb Dealer. If you haven't ordered, see your dealer about varieties still in supply. Plant the "Big Difference" Varieties "DEKALB" is a Registered Brand Nime. "XL" is a Variety Designation.
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