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Insecticide Boxes Seed Clover Into Corn
To help control erosion and to add organic matter and nitrogen to his soil, Jay Nebben, of Dell Rapids, S. Dak., seeds sweet clover into his standing corn. He seeds at the last "lay by" cultivation, using insecticide boxes mounted on his 4-row cultivator as seeders.
"The boxes work very well for the purpose," he told FARM SHOW. They are Demco applicators, made by Dethmers Mfg. of Boyden, Ia.
Nebben makes the last cultivation in late July when the corn is two to three feet tall. The insecticide boxes, powered electrically, are mounted so that sweet clover seed is broadcast on top the ground behind the cultivator shovels.
"Last year was a dry year but, since the corn had a good head start, there was very little competition for moisture from the clover," says Nebben. "Some small clover seedlings on the hills did die but, on bottomland, the clover got 6 in. or so tall by corn harvest time." On ground not plowed until late last spring, the clover added another foot or so of growth.
"The clover adds some organic matter to the soil, and a little nitrogen," says Nebben. "Also, it provides a winter cover and helps control erosion. We did it on 55 acres last year, seeding 3 to 5 lbs. of clover per acre."

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1981 - Volume #5, Issue #6