The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 7, 1966 · Page 15
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 15

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 7, 1966
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COST OF CHANGING TO NARROW ROWS 4 — Comparing 6-row narrow versus 6- row regular, the narrow 6-row system costs $905 more than regular 6-row on 400 acres. Most of this comes from extra herbicide costs for corn and soybeans and extra soybean seed, not equipment. 5 — Therefore, total added cost of the 6-row narrow system over 4-row regular comes to $972.80. This leads us to these conclusions: With soybeans at $2.50, it takes an average of only 2 extra bushels an acre on 200 acres to justify the shift. And, since we're using 400 acres in this comparison, that's assuming no yield increase for the 200 acres of corn, which is highly unlikely. If all 400 acres were planted to corn at $1.00 per bushel, it would take a yield increase of just 2 bushels to break even on the changeover. It's obvious that it isn't difficult to recover changeover costs. Fertilizer costs are not included in this study. They would be higher, especially if higher plant populations are used. On the other hand, if a new combine is not needed, and only a narrow-row cornhead is purchased, this will lower the changeover costs substantially from those quoted here. So if you're ready for a new combine, but not as yet ready for narrow rows, it will pay you to buy a unit which can be easily converted to narrow- row harvesting with a cornhead when you are ready for narrow rows. Change from new 4-row equipment to 6-row regular 6-row narrow ^ Soybeans, 200 acres Herbicides (14 in. band) Seed Labor* Tractor Net changes Corn, 200 acres Herbicides Labor Tractor and combine* Net changes Depreciation and interest charges** Total added costs Total — $ 57.00 28.50 $ 85.50 — $177.00 64.50 $241.50 $395.00 $ 68.00 Per acre — $ .29 .14 $ .43 — $ .89 .32 $1.21 Total $290.00 120.00 27.00 13.50 $369.50 $290.00 57.00 24.70 $208.30 $395.00 $972.80 Per acre $1.45 .60 .14 .07 $1.85 $1.45 .29 .12 $1.04 * Labor charged at $1.50 an hour, and tractor and combine time at 75$ an hour for operating costs only; 3-row head on combine. ** Added depreciation and interest costs of a 6-row planter, cultivator and 3-row combine head over the costs of 4-row equipment and 2-row combine head. (U. of III.) This 6-row narrow planter makes either or 3(Mnch rows. Field coverage gain over standard 4-row planter is 20 inches per round. FARM JOURNAL FAMILY TEST GROUP RATES EASTMAN BALER TWINE Farmers Acclaim Eastman Revolution in Baling! Marvin Schuster, Oelavan, Minn., puts up 20,000 bales of hay and straw annually, last year left bales outside during snowy winter. He reports no rot, no breaking apart of bales tied with Eastman Baler Twine. "All the way this year with Eastman Baler Twine," he says. Get on the Eastman bandwagon for easygoing baling! Take advantage of Eastman's revolution in baling. Join the switch to Eastman Baler Twine. Order your supply today. Since Eastman Twine is domestically produced from continuous plastic fibers, supply isn't affected by crop or world conditions. If your dealer doesn't have it in stock, write to: Eastman Baler Twin? EASTMAN CHEMICAL PRODUCTS, INC, Kingsport, Tennessee 37962 Subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Co. "I'm sold on Eastman Baler Twine. I started using it in 1964 and have had none of the rot, insect or rodent damage that is so common with conventional baler twines." —Gerald Heetland, Hartley, Iowa. (15,000 bales per year, "Easier on my hands; no blisters formed... more strength." —Gordon Ropp, McLean County. Illinois "Ties about 20 more bales." — Clarence Uhden, Moody County, South Dakota "... so good that any time I miss a bale it's my own fault. Far superior in every respect to the old twines I was using." —Harley Morton, Bonner Springs, Kansas. (7,500 bales annually) "Uniform thickness ... works very well in baler.. . good Strength." —Roy Lerud, Norman County, Minnesota "It just won't break. With ordinary twine there will be 'thir spots,' and when you hit one of them the twine breaks.' — Albert Paweltzki, Bridgewater, South Dakota. (8,000 bales annually. "Our meadow is wet and this twine won't rot." —Lawrence Reicks, Custer County, Nebraski "You can get a tie so tight you can hardly get your fingers under the twine ... the stuff doesn't break . .. weathei doesn't affect it. One day I baled 1,089 bales without z single loose one," -Dick Knock, Turner County, South Dakota. (30,000 bales annually) "Feeds even... doesn't 'bird-nest' like some sisal I have seen • • • smooth on fingers... tensile strength is good." —John Sch&rmerhorn, Noble County, Indiana Look for the distinctive black and yellow label with the FARM JOURNAL Family Test Group Seal. It's your assurance you're getting the original, best selling black plastic twine—doing the job on the farm for 2 years. It's tough, yet soft and f lexible- so easy on the hands you can feel the difference. Eastman

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