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Wisconsin Agricultural Experimental Association / Twentieth annual report of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association with Tenth annual report of Alfalfa Order. Address of president, secretary's report, and account of the association's activities in promoting progressive agriculture
(1922)

A high three-year average,   pp. 33-34 PDF (408.0 KB)


Page 33


WISCONSIN EXPERIMENT ASSOCIATION               33
SETTING A NEW YIELD RECORD
Plenty of barnyard manure on well-drained bog land and pure-bred
Golden Glow seed direct from the experiment station-this was the
winning combination in the 1921 Two-Acre Corn Yield Contest. Mr.
M. J. Strunk, of Fort Atkinson, telling how he grew the record crop,
said that after plowing in the spring and turning a good coat of ma-
nure which had been spread during the winter, he dragged the field
both ways to put the surface soil in good condition. After planting
the 19th of May, a week later he dragged the field lengthwise the rows
just as the corn was getting above the surface. The surface being
loose and fine, this-did not injure the corn, but helped it along. Three
thorough cultivations were given before tasseling. From this time on
it was evident to all who saw the field that this was an unusual crop,
and it was watched with interest by all the neighbors.
The field was ripe about the middle of September and was cut and
shocked, and according to Mr. Strunk, it was "some corn and some
job." It was husked out about the last of October and was well cured
and as dry as a bone. This is shown also by the fact that it tested only
11.4% moisture in the government test.
Rich, black, well-drained bog land is ideal for growing corn, says Mr.
Strunk. Some of his land has had corn for seven years in succession
because it is so rich that grain cannot be grown without lodging. Some
that was broken longer ago is just getting to a point where grain can
be raised. The seed used for planting the contest crop was Golden
Glow received from the experiment association as a prize in the 1920
contest. Thorough cultivation Is essential, and Mr. Strunk believes in
dragging the field even before the corn is above ground, so as to de-
stroy the seedling weeds and keep the surface soil mellow.
A HIGH THREE-YEAR AVERAGE
Have you seen anything which beats this for consistent high yields
and progress: 115.0 bushels per acre in 1919, 125.6 in 1920, and 138.8
in 1921? This is the record of Jippa Wielinga, of La Crosse county.
There can be no doubt that Jippa knows how to raise corn, and the
following extract from a letter tells in his own words how he made his
latest record:
"In 1920 the field had alfalfa on it which was cut three times. It
yielded approximately four tons per acre. In the spring of 1921 the
field was heavily top dressed with very rotten manure, then when the
alfalfa was about 14 inches high, on or about the 12th day of May, the
field was plowed, then double disced, then harrowed three times. I
then sowed 200 pounds of commercial fertilizer (2-12-2) per acre and
100 pounds of acid phosphate per acre. I planted the corn about the
17th day of May in rows 3 feet 6 inches apart, and the hills in the row
about 2 feet apart. The field was harrowed twice before the corn came


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