The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 5, 1965 · Page 18
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 5, 1965
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FOR THE PLANNER E very once in a while you run across a farmer who will tell you there is a great future in agriculture . . . and it belongs to the man who plans for it. Loyal "Hap Lowman, Kelley, Iowa, is such a farmer. He does such an outstanding job with his grain operation that his ideas are worth sharing with others. In a day and age when many fanners complain about profit margins being so narrow they can't make a decent living, Hap Lowman comes up with this optimistic statement: The future of farming looks good to me. I bought another farm down the road a couple of years ago. This year's corn crop will be the third I took off the place, and should just about finish paying for the farm." How does he do it? Well, let's take a look at his farming practices in 1964. He farms 925 acres and has one full time hired man. A couple of sons, still in school, give him some help, but he doesn't push them. He admits he's busy, but enjoys work. And he works hard. When he plays, he forgets his work and really enjoys himself. The day before we talked to him, he spent the afternoon at a football game in neighboring Ames. Says Hap, "We didn't come home 'til morning either. This is quite typical. He doesn't worry too much about time. The most important thing is to get whatever he's doing done right. He planted about 500 acres of corn in both 1964 and 1965. Most of this got a pre-plant application of 4-10-8 liquid fertilizer in the fall at plow down. Some of the acreage received 60 pounds of potash and 45 pounds of phosphate, too. Then, in April, at planting time it was given 125 pounds of nitrogen in the form of ammonia. This year, because of the weather he had to rely on his fall application of a complete liquid fertilizer to carry him through. Last year he applied 100 pounds of Fast-aid Kit Only Terramycin for Mastitis goes to work instantly after you infuse it. Because it's the only broad-spectrum treatment that's all-liquid That's important. One study points out that udder damage from mastitis can cost you an average 15% loss of milk production from every cow attacked. And you know what happens when you delay treating your cows. The longer you wait, the more damage germs do to the udder. Permanent damage. Permanent loss of milk flow. You can't afford delay before treatment—and, most assuredly, not after treatment. That can happen, too. Other treatments can't act as fast as Terramycin. Germ damage isn't stopped as fast. Why is Terramycin so much faster? Because . it's the only all-liquid mastitis treatment you can buy. Other treatments work slower Mi because they're made with r* TERRAMYCIN WAW»N«> Do not u.t milk for food gooey oils, pastes and even plastic bases. But a cow's udder is wet and spongy. Have you ever tried to soak heavy oil into a wet sponge? Or tried to mix oil and water? All-liquid Terramycin, on the other hand, doesn't get caught up in slow-dissolving gobs. More of it reaches farther, faster... for complete coverage in the udder. Then, too, Terramycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. No drug or antibiotic is more effective against more different kinds of mastitis organisms than Terramycin. No wonder more dairymen use all-liquid Terramycin for Mastitis than any other treatment. Layinyoursupplynow.Getitfrom your animal health supplier. Stltutt ftr iki wtrlJ'i «*//•*«/»£» Agricultural DivUion Ch»». Pfizer & Co., Inc. New York, N. Y. 10017 FOR MASTITIS within 71 hour• «Htr ti««tm«m tot m*«Utii. a liquid 6-24-24 in May in addition to the fall application. But Hap is a firm believer in fall fertilizer applications and because of the wet season this year, he is more sold than ever on its value. > Hap's weed control program for 1964 was all post-emerge. He went over his corn with a rotary hoe twice, in May and June. Then once over with a flame cultivator, taking about a week to complete the operation. In July he sprayed once with 2, 4-D. This year he shifted to.pre-emerge and is very happy with it. Almost no cultivation, considerable saving in cost, plus the comfortable knowledge that if wet weather made cultivation impossible during the first critical weeks, he was protected. For soil insects, he applies .8 pound actual of Aldrin per acre at planting time. Because resistant rootworms are moving closer into his farm, he used Aldrex this year, too, on some ground. Says Hap, "Fertilizer can make you at least $2.00 for each dollar spent on it. Pay $5,000 for plant food, make $10,000 more income. It's practically that cut and dried. I figure it takes a yield of 70 bushels to the acre before you start making any money. Over that, it's profit. I'm out for big profits." Here's a man that someone should nominate for some sort of grain farming award. He not only has many well-advanced ideas for maximum corn production and maximum profits, but he actually puts them into operation on his own place. He's Loyal "Hap" Lowman of Kelley, Iowa. Thfo central Iowa farmer had his early com picked by October 21. The 175 acres yielded right at 120 bushels per acre, Some varieties 'went over 130 bushels . . . out of 400 acres measured, he got a total of 44,920 bushels or 112.3 bushels per acre. This was in a dry year. Hap has a lot of good ideas. Each is carefully thought out and contributes to his excellent approach to all out corn production. (1) Soil needs a balanced diet just like animals. Get in the habit of making soil tests. It's the formula to big yields. (2) Many people get their corn in too late. He says we need a long day of sunlight when the corn is tassling. At that time, the days are not as hot and that contributes well to more filled out

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