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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - October 18, 1917, Des Moines, IowaMore than Iso vol. Lxii. No.-42. Des Koines. Iowa 1917. Whole no. 3132 important that seed be Well dried out before freezing weather according to practical men who give their views in the accompanying letters. Felter Polk county am out for the United states department of agriculture As special seed Corn agent so i am prob l ably More familiar with conditions than Many Farmers. Everyone admits that the season is two to three weeks later than usual. There was much late planted and replanted Corn that has been unable to make up for lost time. There is Only one absolutely Safe Way to save seed Corn. That is to take a sack Over your shoulder and go Down Between two Corn rows and select the Best and ripest of the ears and carry them to the end of the rows. When a sufficient Quantity has been thus selected it should be hauled directly to some Well ventilated place where it is to be dried out. It is very important that no two ears should touch when the Corn contains so much moisture As it does at this time of year. Probably the Best easiest and cheapest method of storing Corn is to make hangers of welded Woven wire cribbing material. Some use the double string method others drive nails through boards and some use Patent devices that do the business. Cor crib alleyways and similar places Are All right to remove some of the surplus moisture but the Corn should be taken to the House basement attic or storeroom before severe weather and sudden changes lower the vitality of the seed. Seed Gath ered Early in october will be the Best possible seed if properly cured and stored but will certainly prove unsatisfactory if put in barrels or boxes or in piles in the Corner of a room or such poorly ventilated places. The average farm requires seven or eight bushels of seed Corn and the Best and cheapest seed Corn insurance is available All simply by devoting a Day or so to the Early selection and storage of a goodly Supply. Iowa land is capable of producing More food and feed than any equal area of farm land in the world. It is needed now More than Ever before. Here is hoping that every Farmer will do his part. Let us prepare now to uphold Iowa s position As the leading Corn producing state. Albert Hunsaker Adams county la every Farmer s duty to save As much Good Well cared for seed earn As possible but this year it is absolutely necessary to have a plentiful Supply of seed Corn if we Are to raise the bumper crop next year which the world is demanding. It is every Farmer s patriotic duty to grow every ear of Corn next year that his Fields Are capable of producing. The Only Way in which to do this is to Plant Good seed on Well prepared soil and give the crop the Best of cultivation. As the seed Corn proposition is the one which in facing us at the present time it is the one with which i shall Deal. The seed Corn should be selected before freezing weather sets in although a few frosts will not Hurt it in the least. Take a sack and go through the Field taking two rows at the same time. Take the Large promising ears but Only those which grow on a Large healthy looking stalk. Never take an ear no matter How Nice which grows on a poor stalk or on a stalk by itself in the Hill. After you have gathered a few bushels you should Husk it. Pull the husks Back but do not break them off. Next tie the Loose ends of the husks together and string them on a wire or Small pole and hang up in some Light airy place to dry. After a few Days it May be taken Down. Break off the husks and put on some kind of seed Corn Hanger of which there Are several Good ones on the Market or a Home made one May be used. This seed Corn should be continued on 7. A thousand cover Early insuring a 100 Pter a germination test next .131 j ii

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