The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 11, 1965 · Page 21
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 11, 1965
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CONTROL BOOSTS SOYBEAN YIELD Forrest Ridgley, Oakley, Illinois, accomplished a near miracle on 200 acres of land planted to soybeans by harvesting 23.14 bushel per acre despite the fact that only one-half inch of rain fell during the entire soybean growing season. In the immediate neighborhood, yields were estimated at 20 bu/A. Ridgley credits weed and grass control as the major factor in achieving this yield, though good management practices are evident throughout the entire operation of his 580-acre farm. Preparing To Plant Com, soybeans and wheat, planted in succession, is the normal rotation practice followed in the Oakley area. On the Ridgley farm, a soil test is made after wheat is harvested and fertilizer applied as required. As soybeans are the middle crop in this rotation program, no fertilizer is required; the preceding corn, however, is regularly fertilized and side dressed. Other cultural practices common to the area are fall plowing followed by disking and harrowing in the spring of the year. The native soil in the area is Drummer silty loam. To insure an even better seed bed, Ridgley has mounted a 15-inch steel-fingered minimum tillage tool in front of the shoe on his planter. Besides improving the seed bed, this device levels the soil so that the granular pre-emergence herbicide falls in a uniform pattern. To herbicide the soybean planter is used, though this year Ridgley tested Amiben liquid which was sprayed on by a mounted rig. The granular formula was applied in an 11-inch band directly over the crop row. In the test with liquid herbicide, a 14- inch swath of spray was banded over the crop row. Control Results This year, the yield results achieved by using chemical herbicide were compared with the yield results on untreated acreage. All things being equal — including the one-half inch of rainfall — the Amiben-treated acreage showed a 3.8 bushel per acre advantage over non- treated acreage, achieving good control of both broadleaf weeds and grasses. According to Ridgley, in a dry year use of the product often spells the difference between profit and loss. By killing off weed competition in the crop row, soybeans were able to utilize a greater amount of what little moisture there was available. Weeds growing between rows were cultivated three times during the season. Ridgley recalls that, in good years when weather conditions approached the ideal and using Amiben for weed control, he has averaged yields between 35-50 bushel per acre; one year, from a small test plot, he measured in 59 bushel per acre. Owner and Manager As an illustration of how well others think of Ridgley's management skill, it must be noted that he manages three other farms with a total area of approximately 1,000 acres. Two of the farms are located in Moultrie County and one is in South Macon County. Personally, he has been in farming only 14 years; he derived his management skills conducting an auto parts and accessories business prior to 1950. Presently he handles his "agribusiness" with the help of only one full-time assistant, Gary Trulock. Together, they account for one of the more successful soybean harvests in an extremely dry year. These 10-Minute Tests Will Make You To $ 1500 or More This Season The Sudbury Soil Test Kit Tells Right Away How Much Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potash to Use for Better Crops IT'S EASY TO MAKE YOUR OWN TESTS RIGHT ON YOUR FARM /Vo packing up samples to mail, no waiting for reports — you get your answers right away. Know at once what fertilizer your soil lacks in each field, for each crop. It takes little time and may save weeks, sometimes a month or more. And no outsider can know your land as well as you do. You'll want to test knolls, hollows, and level ground separately. The Sudbury Soil Test Kit avoids wasting fertilizer on one and not using enough on the other, saves money and makes money for you. An Illinois fanner "guessed" he needed 235 tons limestone but tests showed he didn't, saved him $500 that bought the phosphate his land really needed. CORN, SOYBEANS AND ALL FARM CROPS, INCLUDING PASTURES, REQUIRE A BALANCED DIET Make Every Fertilizer $1 Bring Back Up to $5 or More in Increased Yield Even Your First Tests Will Pay You for Your Soil Test Kit Over and Over Again! Get More Bushels or Tons per Acre, at Lower Cost Soil testing shows the way to making more money. You can expect bumper yields up to 225 bu. corn per acre, 100 bu. wheat, 30 tons tomatoes, 5 tons hay, twice as much milk from pastures. It takes the first 50 bu. of corn to meet your costs — the more you grow per acre, the lower your cost, the more you make. money too. Fertilizing by guess wastes both time and money. Easy As Reading A Thermometer NO KNOWLEDGE OF CHEMISTRY NEEDED These simple 10-minute do-it-yourself tests cost less than 20c each, tell right away what kinds of fertilizer and how much each field needs for top yield. Expensive nitrogen, also manure and cover crops, may be wasted if you don't have enough phosphate. Most soils need more. You'll always know how much nitrogen, phosphate, potash and lime to feed your soil for bumper crops. These tests compared com grown on property fertilized soil (No. 1). with adverse effects from depleted soil. Ear 2 lacked nitrogen; 3 needed phosphate; 4 had insufficient potash, which also caused stalk rot and lodging. Your Sudbury Soil Test Kit protects • you from plant hungers that decrease top yield. Fan* S<i»*ly ft Hanhw* (torn, Nrdllwr 0*»l*r» Writ* for Spiciil Offer, to get tmplt ipring ttockt Farmers Lifetime Soil Test Kit WITH BETTER CROPS GUARANTEE OR YOUR MONEY BACK Complete with everything needed for over 200 tests. So reliable that county agents, vo-ag teachers, ag colleges, extension workers and farmers everywhere depend on it. Lifetime welded steel chest, has carrying handle. New model has unbreakable bot- les, tests for lime (pH), nitrogen, matter. Ready for instant use all year round — right out in the field or indoors as you prefer. Weighs only 12 l / 2 Ibs. Charts show needs of 225 farm crops. Even next fall, if you haven't had better crops this season by following your Sudbury Soil Test Kit, return it and we'll refund the full purchase price. Postpaid, only $39.95. You Save $1.91 to $3.55 in postal and C.O.D. fees — you pay only $39.95—we mail postpaid SUDBUIY LABORATORY Soil Test Kits Box 1514, Sudbury, Mass. 01776 | R.D. or St Owners of SuUbury Kits Make j P . 0 . & Millions of Soil Tests Yearly 90 Days Trial If you do not agree your Sudbury Kit is worth many tunes ita small coat in making more money for you, return it within 90 days, and get your money back. 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