The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 5, 1966 · Page 21
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 21

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f -.*> ^ ' V- 7" i *V^'*j 4 ^ ,'L-*-.^.tfi Friends were concerned when Ralph Reed moved onto a weed- infested farm 6 years ago near Oxford, Ino. But chemicals have since made weeds scarce, and Reed is turning out healthy beans like these, along with bumper corn yields. "areii t a cash crop Chemicals aren't costly — a quarter's worth will kill a couple hundred square feet of solid weed growth. This check strip shows what this entire com field might be like if it weren't for an Amiben application. 10 WEEDS are like dandruff ... you have to keep after them or they'll get hi your hair year after year. And weeds are a lot more expensive than "tell-tale" signs" on your lapel. . . studies show just one cocklebur every 10 inches of row can cut corn yields 17 bushels per acre and soybean yields 15 bushels per acre — losses costing you $20 to $35 per acre. Fortunately, weed control is no longer the problem it once was. Chemicals have come on strong in the last few years ... and no wonder. A quarter's worth of herbicide can kill a couple hundred square feet of a solid stand of weeds, laying them so low they'll think twice about coming back next year. With control this easy, why not make this the year you give weeds a real working over? You don't put up with a self-feeder that lets pigs spill grain and protein all over the feeding floor ... nor will you put up with a loose end-gate in the back of your wagon that lets corn and beans spew out on the ground as you haul them home from the field. So why put up with weeds? They're just as much a waste, and a more costly one in most cases. That proven fact is turning more farmers to chemical weed killers every year. The vast majority of users are highly satisfied with the results. Many feel that one day the corn cultivator will be as obsolete as the old hay loader. Many nonbelievers have become believers after see- ing chemicals perform hi a neighbor's field. Surely some of Ralph Reed's neighbors have become convinced. "A lot of people told me I was crazy when I moved on-this farm 6 years ago," says Reed, who farms 820 acres near Oxford, Indiana. "They said there were so many weeds on this land I'd never get a crop, and before I started using chemicals I thought maybe they were right." Reed is well ahead of his weed problem now, but knows that it's a continuing battle. In 1965 his corn and bean acres were as clean 1 as a garden plot. "I got an excel-, lent kill with my herbicide, and I cultivated only once." Reed feels each farmer has to do a little experimenting with the best way to apply herbicides. "It's difficult to know which weed control program is best without trying different methods," he says. "It depends on your particular soil type and condition, and your individual weed problems. You also have to consider the cost and the type of application equipment you have available'." Reed apparently has come up with the right system for his particular farm, because he comes up with booming corn and bean yields every year. Three years ago he won the hand-checked corn growing contest in his county with a yield of 217 bu. per acre. Now he's shooting for 200 bu. per acre on his test plot using a machine check. On his 300 acres of soybeans, he banded his weed killing chemical at the rate of 7 Ibs. per acre. "I couldn't have asked for a better kill," he says. "I cultivated most of the beans once and some of them twice, not because of the weeds but because we had a 3-inch rain that packed the ground and I had to loosen it up." Stirring the. soil seems to be one of the most popular reasons that chemical users give for keeping cultivators around. And well it might be because, frankly, a cultivator does a lousy job of controlling perennial weeds. • .Any farmer worth his salt knows it's nearly impossible to get permanent kill of a weed such as Canada thistle by shearing it off just below the surface. More than likely you'll just drag along the sheared- off plant and spread its seed elsewhere. Cockleburs are equally tough customers. Cocklebur seed will germinate throughout the growing season—even when covered with soil several inches deep. You have about as much chance of controlling thistles and cockleburs with a cultivator as you have of catching a pig with a butterfly net. Modern herbicides, such as AmChem's Amiben, Weedazol, and Butyrac 175, are designed to deal with the likes of any weed. It's tough to find a better investment ... Butyrac 175, for example, costs only about $1.25 per acre, yet can save yields valued at $20 to $30 an acre. So why depend on a cultivator... and the time and gas it takes to run it over the field two or three times? Switch rather than fight, Count on chemicals this year and give your weeds a wallop they'll remember right up to harvest.

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