The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 6, 1965 · Page 16
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 6, 1965
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SPECIAL REPORT: Farm chemicals offer new opportunities S UCH names as Amiben and Aldrin, as well as the promise of new chemicals to come were of big interest to farmers who attended the recent mid-winter corn and soybean clinics throughout the corn belt. Such chemicals as Amiben for the control of weeds and Aldrin for the control of soil insects make much of today's high yields possible. And, when you include the new advancements in fertilizer technology to the list of farm chemicals that were discussed at the meetings, you will probably agree that you are speaking of the tools that result in at least 50 percent of today's yields. Actually, though, weed killers, insecticides and fertilizers are probably no more important than the other things that make a good crop — good .seed — good equipment — and a cooperative weatherman. It takes all of them to produce large, economical yields. More and more fann- ers (especially the larger ones) are finding this to be true. This is especially evident with the chemical weed killers. One-Fourth of Soybeans Treated In Illinois, for example, 24 percent of all soybean acreage was treated with chemicals last year. The picture is even better when you figure that 34 percent of all farmers who plant 100 acres of corn and soybeans, or less, treated all or part of their crop with weed killers — and it jumps to 85 percent for those who plant 500 or more acres of com and soybeans. Amiben accounted for half of the treated soybean acreage. Speaking for Amchem Products, Inc., producers of Amiben, specialists gave some helpful suggestions. They said it is a good idea to plant and apply Amiben at the same time — but use good ^Tv *.\' ,.- "v-.v.^^-?V 'fcfcawv^ • - T'^^ 1 '* •^^T v A^W,?**8S^^^?J ! V>W^-iq^M V-XV ' - .! •..-*•"• "•*•.-•• •-"V-.^-.A.... .^.;^v;^"^-•-^*^*^^^^r^:^-••^S%^:( C' '••••- . - ..... ... : • - > •> •»'^^-^^^*v.^^^M .\^^:7^-^i^S*i • ".'Jfl * . -. J »v •». • ..*• •>. •• ... 5i >_ ; - ^*«a*Sr--r*-:, '-^.:. •--!-.'- -v %.*.* '*•>,_- •• '->-^> AtrL' -is??*-. *^*5 e r' •"»• js-/* Sftr ".."- k.%: I l v W-"*" ^v^-'; 1 •'" ; '"^l""""-' ^ v - : ^;v%v."•4i*^^•:;v r^-^'-^*^^^^^^ .,- •' JaKK-.S- r lSfeir ^-^fcikv'^^^^^b^^;^^ Excellent control of resistent com roorworms is no bargain if it doesn't stop cutworm damage (above). Cutworms can ruin corn that's protected only against resistant rootworms. New Aldrex is made to control all soil insects. Aldrex 9 Insecticide combines aldrin and parathion in the same granule. Read how it prevents root damage, lodging and the attack on seed and seedlings. N EW Aldrex gives you much more than rootworm control alone. It provides all-around control of more than twenty soil insects, leaves no Joopholes in your program. Kills all rootworms Aldrex is thoroughly effective against resistant rootworms, both western and northern. Test results from hundreds of acres show how well Aldrex stops the attack that destroys roots, limits corn's access to soil moisture and fertilizer. The threats of hidden damage, a drastic setback, or severe lodging are all eliminated. Result: higher yields. Cutworms can't break through Resistant rootworm controls didn't work against cutworms on a good many acres last year, Aldrex does, kills cutworms before they can thin out corn or cost you money and time in replanting. NOTE: The cutworm control of Aldrex is especially important for first-year corn. Why Aldrex works so well Aldrex is a combination of tested insecticides. Each granule combines 10% aldrin with 10% parathion. The parathion gives you top-rated control for resistant rootworms. The aldrin provides the best possible control of cutworms, wireworms, seed corn maggots, and all other pests in the soil insect complex. Where to get Aldrex Aldrex is available where you normally buy your soil insecticide. Change to Aldrex this year and help your com make every extra bushel your land can grow. Don't settle for less. Ask your This mess of lodged corn isn't worth picking. Aldrex destroys rootworms long before such damage occurs. dealer for your free copy of Shell's new, full-color manual on soil insect control. For further information write to Shell Chemical Company, Agricultural Division, RO. Box 7744, Progress Station, St. Louis, Missouri. Aldrex KKaMrin+KKparothlon Aldrex gives corn all-around protection against soil insects. equipment, have a uniformly smooth seed bed and inspect the nozzles regularly. Chemical weed control with Amiben has several advantages, they said. It kills both the annual broadleaf weeds in bean fields, as well as the annual grasses. It is a clean product to work with and is completely water soluble. You can use it in any crop rotation. Amiben requires about a half inch of rain after application to carry it into the soil where seeds sprout. However, it was pointed out, that if insufficient rain falls within 7 days after application and there is enough soil moisture to germinate weeds and grasses, you should work it in with a light cultivation using, a rotary hoe, if possible. At the same time the shallow mixing of Amiben in the soil will not interfere with the action of Amiben when rain finally comes. A study made by the University of Illinois was cited which determined that an acre can normally produce about 4,200 pounds of dry matter. If there were 50 weeds per foot of row present, it would reduce this yield potential by 1,200 pounds of dry matter. This is more than a 25 percent reduction. Insecticides Fay Speaking for Shell Chemical Company, specialists told farmers in attendance that soil insecticides more than pay for themselves in 9 out of 10 corn fields in the country. In the 10th, they say, it will pay for itself. "You can expect to make $5 to $10 per acre extra," Shell spokesmen figure, ". . . and in some cases it might even make you 30 bushels or more per acre." There are three types of insects to be on guard against First, are those that attack the seed. These include such insects as the seed corn beetle and the seed corn maggot. Second, there are the seedling attacking insects. This group includes the wireworm, cutworm, billbugs and corn field ants. Third, are those that attack the root. This includes the aphids, the white grubs and the com rootworm — of which there are three lands, northern, western and southern. Aldrin, company experts say, is the most economical control available and should be used in all areas where the rootworm is not resistant. Resistant areas include Nebraska, southeastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, eastern Iowa and northern Kansas. In these resistant areas you should use an organic phosphate or Shell's new Aldrex. Aldrex is a new soil insect control that contains 10 percent Aldrin and 10 percent ethyl parathion. This makes it an effective control over 20 soil insects that eat away at corn profits — in Aldrin resistant areas, as well as non-resistant areas. Aldrex comes as a granular and should be applied in the row at about 10 pounds per acre when planting. Soil insecticides should be incorporated into the soil immediately after applying. One economical way to apply soil insecticides is to mix it with your liquid or dry fertilizer. In some cases you can buy fertilizer with the soil insecticide already mixed in. Fertilizer Level Important Rounding out the big trio of chemicals needed for big com and bean yields is, fertilizer. Not

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