rseale Member Photo

Clipped by rseale

gin - THEHEARNE FRIDAY, APRIL i«, me Farming Methods...
THEHEARNE FRIDAY, APRIL i«, me Farming Methods Are Changing hi Robertson County THREft SCENES ON ROBERTSON COUNTY FARMS Time brings 1 .about changes ih all things, and farming is no exceptiofi to the rule. The old days of cotton and corn farming, with the '.credit merchant and Bank Crop mortgage, and a one crop system of depleting £he soil are.gone, not by choice, but of necessity. Farming simply can not be done that way. - : . • Some farmers have gone 'out of business and have sought other means of livelihood because they were not willing, or" could not see the necessity for a change. j With the change, our agricultural' picture is much brighter and on a sounder basis now than it has been for many .years. Subniiarginal lands are devoted to stock raising and turned back to pasture. Cultivated lands are being terraced and built up by the application of phosphate, linie and the planting of legumes as a cover crop. Our per acre production is increasing year after year, and with it a more prosperous agriculture. Pasture lands are being improved by treating them with phosphate, lime and by sodding with legumes and grasses. The number of livestock is increasing as a ^result of our pasture improvement program, and the quality is being improved by the use of better sires, culling and selection. • Cotton, our principal cash crop, suffered a setback, but with our soil building program, the per acre yield is increasing and is now on a more profitable basis. Most of the farmers of the county who produce cotton are organized "into a one variety cooperative organization and are pro- .ducing a quality product. . This one variety cotton improvement association was organized under the leadership of R. M. Hooker, County Agent, in February 1944 with a charter membership of sixteen farmers, and in the short period of two years has grown to a membership of 148 farmers. Mr. E. R. Vaughan, Secretary-Treasurer of the organization, through his untiring efforts, is largely responsible for its remarkable growth. Mr. Joe Reistino and a 'group of Robertson county farmers recently built a modern variety gin and Mr. Reistino says that he has 'increased his yield of cotton from 185 pounds lint per acre in 1933 to 422 pounds lint per acre in 1945. This was accomplished by the use of winter;legumes and the application of phosphate to the soil, together with systematic insect control. Robertson county has twenty-one modern gins and is in the cotton business to stay. A remark made by one ginner-farmer- while discussing the Extension Service 7-point program, is typical of most producers in this county—Quote, "The American fann- er hasn't been licked yet, and cotton can't do it either; we are going to continue to produce it,, and at a profit." ••' Along with our diversified farm program, -alfalfa is playing an important role. Alfalfa builds up the soil and furnishes a good cash crop at the same time. There are two alfalfa mills in the county and a third is under construction. These mills produce alfalfa leaf meal which is sold to feed mills for producing mixed feeds. Truck"'"crops are increasing in importance, and this year there arc, or will be, four hundred acres of watermelons, 1000 acres of tomatoes and 1500 acres of sweet corn. (Picture No. 1) Cotton ready, for shipment at Calvert. (Picture No. 2) Gibson Gin .at Calvert was at one time the largest cotton gin in the world. * (Picture No, 6) T. D. Wilson, like most Robertson county farmers, dusts his cotton by airplanes. He produced a little over a bale per acre on 375 acres in 1945, and grows block seed for the Texas One Variety Cooperative Organization. (Picture No. 3) Modern "One Variety" gin on the T. D. Wilson farm. (Picture No. 9) Mr. John Nigliazzo, manager of one of Robertson county's alfalfa mills, examines its machinery. (Picture No. 4) The Brazos Valley Dehydrating Company produces 2,000 tons or more of alfalfa meal annually. This meal brings $67.00 to $59.00 per ton. (Picture No. 8) Sacking alfalfa meal at the Brazos Mr. and Mrs. Jack Richards were guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hines in Fort Worth Saturday night and Sunday and went to see the Iceca- pades while in the city. Visiting with Mr. and Mrs. E^ W. Steinkamp and daughters, Betty and Dolores, Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Steinkamp, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Steinkamp, all of Brenham. Pfc. Lawson Clark, stationed with the Army Air Corps at Enid, Oklahoma, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Clark. His is on a fifteen day furlough. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smith and small sons will welcome home for Easter holidays, Miss Marinell Smith of Houston and Lynn Smith, student at Sam Houston College, Huntsville. Valley Dehydrating Company mill which is owned by Robertson county farmers. (Picture No, 5) Clark Killough of the Wheelock community is a diversified farmer who produces cotton, corn, hoga, beef cattle, and poultry, and as a side line has a well stocked game preserve with deer, tin-keys, quail and squirrels. (Picture No. 7) Part of Clark Killough's herd of cattle. STOP "GETTING UP" AT NIGHT .'.... Use CIT-ROS! This remarkable remedy aids nature in restoring your normal body pH. . . . balances your body fluids and carries away bladder impurities. Get your ful) amount of restful sleep . . . Sec your drugRist for CIT-ROS to-day! Sold for SI.00 nt: POST OFFICE PHAJIMACY ;;BETSY ROSS WHITE FLOUR »'m. $2.49 BETSY ROSS WHITE FLOUR 25 «,. $1.39 MARASCHINO CHERRIES 80Z 25c DEL MONTE PEACHES , Gallon ALASKA CHUM SAL10! 25c ARTESIAN PEAS 2 No. 2 Cans 29c H ARC IS CUT /TUPPM FfeP 1 \TC» GREEN BEANS 2 No. 2 Cans ' 25c

Clipped from
  1. The Hearne Democrat,
  2. 19 Apr 1946, Fri,
  3. Page 3

rseale Member Photo

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in