IMPORTED NITROGEN

For as long as they have been promoting ethanol, the most common tag line has been to “reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” so I thought it was interesting that you casually mentioned that 64% of this country's nitrogen comes from imports [“Ethanol's impact,” September issue, page 6]. As this country grows more acres of higher-yielding corn to supposedly make ourselves more energy independent, aren't we just becoming nitrogen dependent instead? Where does imported nitrogen come from? Petroleum producing countries? This country really won't have a true homegrown renewable fuels policy until we either have nitrogen-fixing corn or a domestic supply of nitrogen, which at this point requires petroleum, so are we really reducing petroleum demand or just changing it?
Joel Foster
Brookings, SD

TRUE COSTS OF FARMING

Your September issue included a chart comparing the returns from growing corn after corn with the returns from growing corn after soybeans (“Ethanol's impact,” page 6). The researchers from Kansas State and Iowa State University who compiled the numbers for the chart neglected to include rent as an input, which here in Nebraska averages $150/acre. In Nebraska we also have to include the cost of irrigation, which can get as high as $150/acre. When you add those costs, that “return” from corn after soybeans is no longer a “plus” $221.80/acre. It's now in the “minus” category.

I think that people outside of agriculture need to know the true costs of farming.
Dennis Winter
Scotia, NE

MILLER TIME

I am looking for parts for a Miller offset disk. Can you help me?
Brent Miller
Ripon, WI

Contact K&M Manufacturing, 628 E. Lake Dr., Taylor, TX 76574, 512/352-2588 or 512/365-1272.

COLUMBIAN VISE

I need information about parts for a Columbian bench vise. Thank you.
Rick Harris
Farmington, MN

Contact Medford Tools and Supply Inc., 2160 N. Pacific Hwy., Medford, OR 97501, 541/772-0144, www.medfordtools.com. The company carries Wilton, Columbian and Jet bench vises.

PERFECT HITCH

I am trying to locate any information on the Perfect Hitch system. Do you have an address or an e-mail for them? I believe they are made in Canada.
Justin “Judge” Jessop
Presho, SD

Since almost all of the hitch manufacturers describe their hitches as “perfect,” it has been a little difficult to identify the Perfect Hitch system. Maybe you were referring to the EZ-Hitch trailer hitch alignment guide. The manufacturer's description of this hitch comes the closest to your description.

The EZ-Hitch is manufactured by American Tool & Machining Inc., 1910 S. Benton St., Searcy, AR 72143, www.easyhitch.us/install.htm.

FICKLIN AUGER

I am looking for a part for an auger made by Ficklin Machine Company of Onarga, IL. I have a brochure from the company, but the phone number listed in the brochure doesn't work. Can you help?
Dave Lagerhausen
Shumway, IL

Top Air Manufacturing acquired Ficklin Machine Company in January 1997, and Unverferth Manufacturing now owns Top Air Manufacturing. To find replacement parts for Ficklin equipment, contact Unverferth, Shell Rock Division, 27612 Tempo Ave., Shell Rock, IA 50670, 800/553-3307.

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