The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 5, 1965 · Page 19
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 19

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 5, 1965
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ARMING FUTURE »t &>2H .^s- '' " , v ruj-> — T" • -oTjr^pjy; "T t ' S.T*''-!* Loyal Lawman stands in the cab of his combine while the golden results of "programmed corn growing" flows into the grain wagon, ears. Get corn tassling by the 15th of July. (3) Be ready to switch to narrower rows, the sooner the better. Implement companies are way behind meeting the demand for narrow row equipment but convert as soon as you can get it. 30 inch rows are the best bet. (4) If you go to narrower rows and thicker plantings, switch to shorter hybrids to better the light factor . . . increase standing ability. (5) If you are planting in 40 inch rows, follow the "inside" of your marker line and gain several acres of corn in every field. (6) Start harvesting corn with a combine. When corn is tough, the rollers shell too much corn and leave it in the field. Says Hap, "I've advised neighbors that they would be better off to let their corn pickers sit and hire the corn picked and shelled. It would pay them to pay someone else to do it while they sat and watched television." There are several commercial programs of I corn growing. Hap is on an all liquid approach to corn fertilization. Hap explained that it takes more than ni- __ogen to do the job. It sort of feeds the •plant. Phosphate puts on the ears and potash •matures them. This is why he feels a program, preceded by soil tests, is vital. A couple of years ago, when he was using some dry fertilizer at planting time, his applicator attachment plugged up on several rows. The area lacked potash and phosphate. At harvest time he noticed the difference and measured it. That difference was 40 bushels per acre. Everything else had been the same. Loyal Lowman plants nearly all single cross seed corn. With rare exceptions, everything he plants is either single cross or a three way modified cross. He has storage space on his farm for 61- thousand bushels of shelled corn. He admits the dollars and cents returns for this is sizable, too. He tries things to find out, first hand, how well they might work in his operation. This year (1965) he has gone to 30 inch rows and is using all new equipment. He is expecting to increase his yield by 5 to 10 bushels per acre through this practice. Hap Lowman is living proof that this business of farming can be a profitable business. You must plan carefully and invest wisely. What you take from the land depends entirely upon what you put into it "There simply can't be much money in farming today for the farmer who doesnt set his production goal and then invest in the things that will make it possible. The future is certainly golden for those who plan ahead and try hard. There's a winning formula for eveiy farmer," says Hap Lowman. ^v BREAKTHRU to Higher Yields -Thicker Planting- Shorter Stalks-Tougher Shanks- Greater Disease Tolerance Three years ago, DeKalb introduced its now famous family of XL Breakthru hybrids. This new generation of single cross and 3 -way hybrids came from a remarkable Breakthru in research and breeding, and produced a corresponding Breakthru in performance and yield under the stresses of thicker planting, additional fertilizer and continuous corn. The most demanding research methods selected inbreds capable of transmitting the ability to fight disease and insects and add bushels at -higher populations. Out of this program came the DeKalb XL Hybrids — the elite, tough hybrids that are today the "Buy-word" in seed corn and performance on Corn Belt farms. "DEKALB" It i rtfistirwl "' MORE FARMERS PUNT DEKALB THAN ANY OTHER BRAND

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