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ISSUE: 04/21/2014

Twin-row planting may help increase production


By Jennifer Carrico

Finding a way to produce more corn on fewer acres is the goal of one innovator. Iowa farmer John Frahm decided seven years ago to investigate planting corn in twin rows.

“We wanted to be able to produce more yields on our small farm when the market prices were rising. We started searching for information about twin-row production seven years ago and planted our first field five years ago,” said Frahm, who farms with his father, Ken, in Audubon and Crawford counties in west-central Iowa.

Frahm said they couldn’t simply change to twin-row planting without looking at their farm ground, too.

“Soil health is extremely important for us. We want the corn to never have a bad day. That means knowing when and what to add to the soil or topically in order to get the most out of the plant,” Frahm said.

It is also is important to find the right hybrid when planting in twin rows. Frahm said they look for the right hybrid and have tried several different brands.

“Twin-row planting has been around for a long time, but hasn’t typically been planned by a plant breeder. We are going from 23,000 seeds per acre to 45,000 seeds per acre, so we want to be sure the plants have the best opportunity to grow,” Frahm said.


Oklahomans celebrate 125th anniversary of land run

By Lacey Newlin

A dusty pistol is aimed at the sky. The bullet soars toward the heavens with an echoing boom. Every steed lunges forward at the signal to begin. Wagons full to the brim with passengers and possessions rattling from side to side make their way across the prairie stricken with gofer holes. Cowboys push their horses past capacity to reach the coveted Promised Land with claim stake in hand. In a nutshell, this was the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889. April 22 marks 125 years since the first section of Oklahoma was opened for non-Indian settlement.

Up until 1889, Oklahoma was considered Indian Territory. This was where the U.S. government had transplanted many American Indian tribes, including The Five Civilized Tribes, following the Civil War, explains Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

“By 1889 there were 39 tribes in Oklahoma,” Blackburn said. “There was one parcel in the middle of what we know as Oklahoma called the Unassigned Lands. Farmers, largely from Kansas, thought they should have access to that land and convert it to private property.”

The Oklahoma Historical Society concludes that 2 million acres of land would be available for the race in ’89.

“This decision came at a period of time when we were in the midst of an economic depression nationally,” adds David Baird, Howard White Professor of History for Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Baird grew up in Edmond, Okla., and received his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma.

“The settlers were very confident that the Indian people had no rights at all to the land,” Baird said.






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