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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - April 19, 1917, Des Moines, IowaMore hum 145.000 arcu Lafiton vol. Lxi no. 16. Lbs Moines Iowa april 19, 1917. The seed bed f is working up in splendid shape this r t i Spring and every Prosn prof i lore can be 4 is working up in splendid shape this Spring and every Prospect pleases when we contemplate the production of a bumper crop of Corn. An enormous acreage m of Clover has been Winter killed and much Winter wheat ground will be slowed up so that it is Safe to say that the acreage of Corn raised this year m the Central West will break All t i by the hse tillage implements be fore planting than afterwards with the cultivators. Whole no. 3106 Corn. Implements so everything is Rush to soil Early is not worked Down on the Surl h re plows but this is a mistake. A Good risking Means that the Furrow slice will to Necton the liver soil much better shape so that water will move to the rootlets More quickly from beneath. This is particularly important in the Case of stiff soils and it is not unusual to find that the practice of risking an old Cornstalk Field will increase the yield anywhere from ten to fifteen bushels be acre As compared with the other plan of blowing the soil while the Winter created crust has been unmolested. We Are accustomed to think of a the trash e air penetrates such a soil More Good work with the plow will help. Records. It will mean that we will be Short on our roughage Supply this fall but this it is hoped will be More than made up by the in crease in the amount of Grain raised. The rough 5f overcome in part at least or in at the present time we Are face to face with the problem of preparing the seed bed for the Corn crop and in discussing this matter we Are Well aware of the fact that circumstances and conditions will alter the plans of any Man. How Ever there Are a few fundamental principles that we can Well afford to Roll Over in our minds because the character of the seed bed has so much to do with crop yield. Unless the seed bed is right there will be a big struggle All sea Bon and even then the yield is Apt to be Dis appointing because of the sturdiness of Weed growth. While Early blowing ordinarily is to be preferred there is no need of theorizing on a matter of this kind because where much Corn is produced on a Given farm some of the plow ing is done Early and some of it is not where it is possible to put on an extra team and get the soil turned there is then an immediate Chance for weeds to grow in this connection attention should be called to the importance of getting the seed bed into shape just As soon As possible after blowing. Where the soil is at All friable this can be done with a Harrow and where the seed bed is right weeds will make the Best Start. Then comes the work of destruction with the disk or with any surface cutting implement. While we greatly Admire the efficiency of the Harrow As an implement to get the soil into shape it will not do the work satisfactorily when once weeds become Well rooted it is necessary to to More heroic and to use that Here to is labor at a time when covering the ground is the most important matter of All is the it is scarcely necessary to emphasize the importance of using the Harrow freely just before planting assuming of course that no Weed have yet started. Our Best Farmers invariably the importance of this implement we have in mind one individual who has been the Harrow wisely used is an effective implement. Mulch on the surface but it is a Fine thing also to have a mulch under the Furrow. In the end no More labor is involved in bringing the seed that the simple reason mat a soil that has been Well risked before than one that has not been risked. The question involving the depth of blowing self every Man As he drives into in Field for the first time. Here again the character of the soil is a modifying Factor on clays and Clay Loams it is a mistake to go Dows too deeply m the Spring because that Means the bringing of much inert material to the and growth on such a soil will not be As Active As it will be where friable weathered soil sur the surface roots. A five or six Inch on these types of soil is plenty deep it enough there is to Send the plows in seven or Inch where one individual to handle fifty or sixty acres of Corn he will find it entirely should be followed by cultivator in the ground is blowing. Exceedingly successful As a Corn grower and who believes hat every time he harrows has sled the esd two to five bushels per acre and possibly has something to of course we must make up our minds in and concluded on Page 15.

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