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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - December 6, 1917, Des Moines, Iowa
More than 150, pol. Lxii. No. 49. Des Moines Iowa december 6, 1917. Whole no. 3139 soft Corn i he backward season of 1917 has ended up with Corn growers and stockmen facing a serious problem. The crop did not mature normally and six weeks of drying weather since the period of first frosts still finds a considerable part of the Corn Sappy. The Corn cribbed Early has been spread out or it has already spoiled and All in All the situation presented is a perplexing one. Knowing As we do the seriousness of the situation we have asked our readers to come Forward and outline their plan of handling a soft Corn crop and we have been fortunate in receiving a number of interest ing and valuable communications. The author of the first one that follows is or. Albert Urban Hancock county 111. Turns cattle into Cornfield. To the will submit to you my method of handling soft Corn. Three years ago i started turning cattle and hogs in my Cornfields in order to produce beef and pork. I was so Well pleased with the results that last season in october i turned 157 head of cattle in 275 acres of Corn the size of the Fields being about Twenty to fifty acres each. I used no extra fencing As i consider no other temporary fences Are needed in any of my Fields. It costs Money to run even temporary fences and what Small amount of Corn goes in the soil in excess by not having Small Fields by temporary fencing does not amount to nearly so much As the labor expense of extra temporary fences. I shipped the cattle to Market in december and january i then turned 105 head of lighter cattle in the Fields to finish what Small amount of Corn and fodder was left which gave them a Fine Start for a full feed of Grain later. At All times i had plenty of hogs to follow the cattle. Again the results were so pleasing that this season i turned 15s head of cattle in 200 acres of Corn in the month of september using my first planting. At that time the ears had not reached what some Call the Dent stage 1 still have the cattle at this Date. On the 26th of november 1 turned them into the sixth Field of Corn. I will Market the cattle about Decem ber 15th and use other lighter cattle to finish eating the remaining Corn and fodder. I consider by this method it costs no More to fall and Winter full feed cattle in the Way of labor and other expenses than it does to Graze cattle on grass in the grass season. We give our cattle no More attention in the Cornfields and with us it is a very Small matter. We have the cattle on Good big grass then turn them in the Fields of Corn for one half to three quarters of an hour then Back on Good grass again. Have lots of Salt and water on hand. The second Day we do likewise the third Day we turn in the Fields in the morning and evening and the fourth or fifth Day we turn the cattle in the Nelds and let them alone. We see that Salt and water Are before them All the time. In this third year s test we have not lost a steer to this Date nor have we found one stiff or scouring. There seems to be something Dif Ferent about cattle running in a Cornfield and feeding them on husked Corn in bunks. They Are forced to take the ear and busies and As a Rule they stand and Mast Cate the ear much longer than when eating husked ears at the bunk. I consider they mix More saliva while eating in the Cornfield thus producing Tiuch bet Ter digestion. During these three seasons 1 have much pleasure spent Many hours trying to learn the nature desire and habits of my cattle and hogs running in Cornfields. The following is what i have observed the cattle As a Rule will go to the Cornfields about 7 a. M. About 9 a. In. They will Start out for water and if they can they will go to the highest place in our pasture and re main there until about p. A. Take water pass into the Cornfield and out again into the pasture about dark appearing absolutely con tented. All live Stock feeders should Bear this in mind Content your cattle s minds and they will Lay on big fat to beat the world the same As has been said of the human race a con tented mind beats the world. Now about the hogs. No More hogs Are needed to follow the cattle in the Cornfield than to clean after the droppings that pass through the cattle As you will find they will never bother the ears that the cattle pull off from the stalks and leave on the ground in the evening instead of going to their Sheds for the night the hogs will stay and sleep out in the pasture with the cattle. It seems the cattle prefer to make their Beds in the pasture even in rough weather rather than to go into barns at night. Another thing we noticed was that the cattle never were seen running and play ing while on feed by this method cattle sometimes do when on full feed in a Short feed lot. Which some times causes a loss. Still another important matter we noticed that cattle will in a few Days pick up most of the oars that they pull off and let fall to the ground and the readers would be surprised to find Bow nearly the cattle will clean up a Cornfield even with hogs in the Field with them. Large cattle at All times should be used with this method As Small cattle pull off entirely too much Corn and leave it on the ground because they cannot handle the Large ears which Many times ends in a. Big loss. Another important matter in connection with this method is that the cattle and hogs spread their fertilizer out in the Fields where it should be. I consider that there Are millions and Mil Lions of bushels of Corn and other valuable feeds tramped Depp into Muddy feed lots where later they decay and Leach out into ditches and creeks and finally pass on Down and help to add acres of soil to the Banks of the Lulf of Mexico. Hancock co., Illinois. Albert Urban. I does considerable sorting. I to the have handled several crops i of soft Corn Tho crops of 1915 and 1917 being the worst. This year i raised 115 acres of Field Corn and much of it is soft. The Best place for soft Corn is in the silo. There is no doubt but what the most feeding value can be obtained this Way but the silo on the average farm does not h hold More than fifteen to Twenty acres so there is a Large amount left after the silo is filled. The next Best place for it is in the Shock leaving it As Long As possible before cutting with out being damaged by Frost. I Cut some this year after it was frosted shocked it in reasonably i Small shocks and have some Fine fodder which is not folded at All. I i have 125 Spring pigs which i turned into ration Twenty acre Field after getting them on i and feed by snapping the Corn and feeding the occur continued on Page 11. I i it arc
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