The Algona Upper Des Moines, Algona, Iowa, Nov. 23,1933 Story Gk>es Back to Asia Before the Birth of Christ (By Charles Hntcheson) Alfalfa has a secret. Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ many farmers nl southern Asia were enjoying SSn WfS"^ » the "Wonder Crop* though little did they know of Its rea functioning. Early setUers In this Country succeeded with alfalfa only in the far western states with little need of study of preparation. George Washington, first president, failed with H, as did thousands of eastern farmers. The first 50 to 7B years In the corn oelt states the farmers' greatest wealth came by increased valuation of farm lands, clover was used to rbtate with com and general field crops to keep up the fertility of the soil, with the addition of manure. Today over one half of the corn belt farms have little or no red clover on them, nor any other kind of legumes. Farmers are not getting a profitable crop for their labor on thede farms. The soil has been "robbed" of the necessary plant foods needed to make good yields possible. The "Blf Secret" Also the better farms have on them people whose standards of llvng have advanced with the times, so that It costs at least three times as much for general living expenses as It did twenty years ago. Every plan of holding prices up high enough to make a profit on many farms as they now are will be only an Idle dream. The growing of alfalfa successfully seems to change things so as to best meet the present- day conditions. The longer you grow alfalfa the more you will know of the "Blgr Secret." Alfalfa Is the brightest spot In the corn belt farmers' future. "The alfalfa acreage must be Increased If you and I expect to stay in the farm game," says John M. Hunt, a master farmer of Hardln county. "My alfalfa gives me more feed value and cash value per acre than do three acres of corn, oats and barley," said a Floyd county farmer. Bankers tell me they have good-sized patches of alfalfa. I find alfalfa being grown by some few farmers In each county, yet to many It Is a mystery. They have -not found the secret. Hope in Alfalfa Alfalfa Brightest Spot in Farm Future, Says "Alfalfa Hutch" BIG SECRET OF ALFALFA TOLD IN HUTCH'S ARTICLE TITONKANEWS Three-year-old alfalfa roots over right feet Ion*. See h»w branching this Grimm alfalfa root was. .This wad grown on very hard day soil to WinneshlekCounty. H. O, Larson, owner of the field, worked parts of three days to geta hole down eight feet fa that hard soil, so as to ITS „ nelghlbor fanners and "Aalfalfa Hutch" what alfalfa Is doing for him on his farm. Mr. Larson l s standing- at the right and In front of Mr. Hntcheson. uack grass, sow and Canada thistle 'esl Here Is a crop that will rebuild orn out soil to better than it was In ts virgin state, if you have the alfalfa growing It In Its proper way, because 11 111 get its nitrogen from the air and he other plant food elements from soli Alfalfa, the "Wonder Crop," Is your and our greatest hope. Alfalfa will change loss to profit. Alfalfa will put you on the right road, if you will give It a square deal, and make you and your farm a greater asset to your community, county and state. If you don't use alfalfa someone else will, and they will produce better fat cheaper, pork cheaper, eggs cheaper, beef cheaper, mutton cheaper, and horses stronger and their land will also, later on, yield bigger and better crops of corn, wheat, rye, barley, flax, potatoes, root crops, and whatever else they plant. Alfalfa will help them kill out weeds, such as ay down In the ground where other rops cannot, or would never reach ou will be farming a different farm ith alfalfa than you are farming to- ay, The eastern corn belt states are not natural alfalfa growing sections, at least, as the original plant was designed by nature. Our climate, our rainfall, and our soli were not favorable to the nature of the plant that was developed in southern Europe and Asia, its native home. Stand! Dry Season The greatest progress In Increased acreage of alfalfa has come during the past four years, which have been dry years. It Is difficult to know what will happen if we have four wet years However, Grimm and Cossack varieties will stand a much higher water table than the old, native common, deep- taprooted types of alfalfa. So the alfalfa fields that are on weU drained Alfalfa is our very best crop—if handled properly. We Welcome Alfalfa Day ALFALFA can be made to help every live stock farmer. ALFALFA is not a natural crop for our soil and e limate. ALFALFA is set in its ways. ALFALFA got its habits ages back. ALFALFA has failed on farms where conditions were not suitable to its needs. ALFALFA demands a high lime soil. Compare the lime contents of the different feeds and crops. Lime in 1,000 Lbs. of Feed Alfalfa Hay 19.5 Ibs. Red Clover Hay 16.0 Ibs. Wheat Straw 2.9 Ibs. Timothy Hay 2.5 Ibs. Oats 1.4 Ibs. Wheat Bran .9 Ibs. Com .2 Ibs. You can not expect to grow a crop year after year so rich in lime as alflafa unless there is an abundance of lime in the soil. It is not sufficient that the soil be just sweet—there must be available lime to go into the hay. ALFALFA is also rich in other minerals. We would like to talk to you about your needs in preparing your fields for alfalfa. You may need some commercial fertilizers. Welcome to Algona, Nov. 24th—Alfalfa Day. FARMERS CO-OPERATIVE ELEVATOR IRVINGTON, IOWA. soil with good top soil drainage and good under soil drainage, when the seed is genuine Grimm or Cossack should stand up under the heavy rainfall and wetter seasons qute well If other conditions are favorable; such as plenty of lime In the soil, plenty of growth left in the fall for winter protection against ice and sleet, and sufficient cultivation and inoculation, not only at the time of seeding, but each grower should study his fields by digging up plants and seeing to It that there Is good, healthy setting of nodules on all of his alfalfa roots. We should always keep the essential facts In mind when discussing the solution of a problem. The farm relief bill which President Coolldge vetoed so many times would only have helped about 20 to 40 per cent of the farmers to any great extent. Then- soil, the main factor of foundation o: farming is out of line, sick, lazy and must be rebuilt or thousands of corn belt farms will be abandoned. Then they will become state property. Is Farm Relief "Oh, yesl We are donlg fine! Our farmers shipped 50 cars of lime last year," was a remark from an agricultural leader in an Iowa community recently. I .said, 'My good man, 50 cars Is not enough lime to take care of the crying needs of ten farms, and you have over 2,000 farms in this county. What about the other 1,990 farms?" "Oh, we are just getting started," was his reply. Yes, I appreciate that, but why has all this time and money been lost? Hundreds of farms will still go back by foreclosures. You have been waiting six years for farm relief and many homes were lost. Aid to Dairymen A few county agents In Iowa have been able to awaken their people to the real trouble; feed bills and poor yields. They are shipping limestone In by the rain load. They are on the right road. Farm relief will only come to those 'armers who help themselves by mak- ng more economic production and marketing methods. I know of creameries whose patrons are greatly elated when :helr buttermaker Is able to cut down his "overhead" to save one-half cent per pound In making butter. But they are really doing nothing much to cut iown the cost of producing a pound of mtterfat on then- farm. "An acre of Alfalfa for Every cow" Is the most im. wrtant aid to every dairyman. Un- .11 he has It he Is overlooking his greatest opportunity. Yes, sir, lime and lots of it Is the door that is shutting out the secret of alfalfa on many and many a farm. :t is one element that you cannot get oo much of, if you want success with alfalfa. Many eastern Iowa farmers will have to use five tons per acre Instead of three tons, on which they have been trying to get by. Reasons for Liming First—There must be lime to give he 40 pounds that go Into every ton of alfalfa hay. Second—The soil must be free from acid—and lime Is the only element hat will keep soil sweet. Third—Lime opens up a heavy soil and tightens up a loose, sandy soil. Fourth—Plenty of lime keeps the top >oil from baking, so air can get down o the little nodules on the roots. Fifth—Lime liberates nitrates tend phosphates that may be locked up in an acid soil. Any one of the above reasons will ustify the hauling of from two to five tons of ground limestone and ^reading it on an acre of land. Key to Secret When your soli that is well drained s sweetened with lime then the key ;o the secret can be used—inoculation. Good inoculation makes possible an abundance of little white nodules on »our alfalfa roots, to bring from the ery air above your farm that ener- ry producing, soil enriching vlgorizing and health giving element, nitrogen, hat keeps your alfalfa plants a dark preen color and fills the hay with pro- ein and enrclhes the soil for future crops. Good inoculation i-esults from using fresh germ fultures, with a high germ hount on your alfalfa seed, when t is sown on high well drained and ilgh limed soil. And then you have he secret of alfalfa—millions of little germs on your alfalfa roots. "They not only work for nothing and board :hemslevs but pay for the privilege." Do you wonder that alfalfa has more protein in It than there is in 68 bush- els of oats. There is as much real food value In a ton of alfalfa as In 36 bushels of corn. Remember, inoculation is the key- lime soil that Is well drained and sweet is the foundation, and good seed Is necessary—but without good inoculation you loose the "Big Secret." COUNTYRELIEFIS MADE EASIER BY WELFAREPROJECT Supervisors Hear Eeport of County Agent on County Units MANY INTERESTING STORIES UNFOLDED Two hundred antf twenty gardens planted throughout the county by unemployed families working in cooper- ition with relief agencies and organizations, have been a decided success during the past season according to figures revealed In the report of the county agent to the supervisors last Tuesday. These 220 gardens were planted from !12 units of seed purchased last spring >y the county board of supervisors to assist these families in furnishing food or themselves during the summer. The .07 families on this final report repre- ent 1138 persons or an average of five per garden. Seed selection was also planned to encourage winter storing and canning of food supplies to help arry the burden of county relief funds. 11 Chairmen Report Eleven local chairmen made final re- lorts on 207 gardens and showed over 5,000 quarts of canned goods prepared, 3500 heads of cabbage stored, 1150 pecks of miscellaneous vegetables including onions, carrots, etc., and 2700 bushels of potatoes in addition to several thou- and bushels produced by the county on \ farm near LuVerne. While all parties receiving seed did not have successful gardens, the majority took exceptional pride In their ilantings. Some who had never garden- d before had excellent results under he supervision of local chairmen or neighbors willing to help In garden management. Gardens were scored and rom the failure at zero to the widow and her daughters who had an almost perfect garden scoring 98, they added up for an average score of 84. One lady over 85 years of age who ad never before been responsible for a garden was furnished seed, the land vas prepared through help of an Am- rlcan Legion superintendent of gardens and when the carrots and toma- oes commenced to be ready for use, there was probably never a gardener more proud of their harvest. Unemployed Husband Aids Another woman who had the help of an unemployed husband put up over 0 quarts of canned goods in addition o stored vegetables, dried corn, etc., mother topped the 600 quart mark in arming and many passed the 350 quart mark. Another group found they had extra ilants in the spring and traded them or groceries or sold them to buy other ilants and needed supplies. One fam- Jy sold over $18.00 worth of fall vege- ables to purchase sugar and jars for anning. Red r/oss chairmen and American jeglon Auxiliary leaders in several -owns acted as local chairmen and lelped in the distribution of seed, sup- rvlslon o.f gardens and gave any med- d help at canning and storing time. Proud of Accomplishment As one chairman said in her report: From the county board of supervisors Who bought the seed to all who helped with the project, they can all be proud of the season's accomplishment, since t is the biggest and best project attempted In regard to welfare work in his county, 'Helping others to help ihemselves.' I am happy to have had a part in this wonderful work." Local leaders hi charge In each community were: Mrs. H. E. Woodward, Whlttemore; Dr. A. J. Eason, LuVerne; Mrs. Bertha Looft, Wesley; Ray Bonacker, Titonka; G. J. F. Vogel, Burt; Mrs. G. W. Carmean, Bancroft; Mrs. Will Welsbrod, Fenton; Mrs. Willis Cotton, Lone Rock; Mrs. Ida Larson, Swea City; Dr. H. H. Murray, Lakota; and George Dunn, Ledyard. Doan Ladies Hostesses at Birthday Party Doan: on Thursday, Nov. 16, the Doan Ladies' Aid society entertained Mrs. J. D. Andrews in honor of her 69th birthday. She was made an honorary member, also is the oldest aid mother. About 50 ladies attended. The aid presented her with a lovely scarf, also other gifts. The following original poem. Is one of the tributes given by one of the members: • "To Our Honorary Member" "To one who has given such service and aid, We feel that these facts can ne'er be repaid. As nurse to the ill and help to the poor, You've opened to all a 'welcoming door.' With all your kind guidance at the helm of our ship, The community has embarked on a much safer trip. The church and the school, have felt your kind hand, And witnessed your smile, which says I understand.' You've raced the stork on his S. O. S. call, And cared for the babies, parents and all. You've been president and chairman, teacher, mother and friend, Of your offices and services there seems no end." FOR SALE—Threshers or corn shell- ers' liens. Algona Upper Des Moines. B2-tf Maurice Keii and John Wood drove to Council Bluffs last Monday for ft truck load of bee supplies. They returned Tuesday. Nathan Walsh returned home from the veterans' hospital at St. Paul last Thursday. He Is much better and loots like a new man. Mrs. E. N. Clematis accompanied by Mrs. Ed rjnderdahl of Lakota visited the P. T. A. county council held here Tuesday afternoon. Dr. and Mrs. Roy Ball, Mr. and Itn. J. J. Budlong and Mrs. Stephen De Vrle s attended the dinner given fct Burt by the Eastern Star lodge. The Junior class play was given om Thursday and Friday nights to capacity crowds. The play was well coache* and each player gave a fine interpretation of his part. Mrs. Horace Schenck was given • coffee party in honor of her birthday by Mrs. Carrie Bonacker one day last week. A few friends were called IB and a nice time was enjoyed. Arthur Boyken suffered a painful accident last Thursday when a heavy vise fell on his left foot during manual training class. He was absent from school the rest of the day. Mrs. Harry Beed entertained £h» Thursday bridge luncheon last week. A delightful luncheon was served and well planned. Mrs. Stephen DeVrles was high and Mrs. C. A. Hoon was low. Fred Relbsamen, who submitted to an operation on his foot for gangrene some time ago was recuperating nicely until a few days ago when he took, a severe turn for the worse. Relatives were called at once. A party consisting of T. A. Cooley, Tom Kelly, Mr. Biers, Mr. smith, dark Cooley and United state Marshal Atwell of Fort Dodge and O. 8. Beall of Cedar Rapids were guests of Mr. an* Mrs. Stephen De Vrles over the week end while hunting pheasants. The local cftaptcr of the P. T. A. was host to the P. T. A. county council meeting held here at the school house Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Magdlck gave an address on Parent Education. Mrs. Hurd, district chairman and Mrs. Collester of Spencer also spoke. Tea was served by the economics class. "Alfalfa Hutch" Says: What makes the landscape look so fair; What blossoms bright perfume the air, What plant repays the farmer's toil, And will enrich the worn-out soil? ALFALFA. And Remember: Our modern, centrally-located office is always at your service, with the best of equipment, reasonable prices and a full knowledge of your needs borne of many years' experience. Dr. F. E. Sawyer, Opt. Sawyer Bldg., Algona. We believe that if Alfalfa pays for some farmers—it would pay for all to have a nice field What makes the landscape look so fair; What blossoms bright perfume the air, What plant repays the farmer's toil, And will enrich the worn-out soil? ALFALFA! What makes a meal the coming treat, And with nutrition is replete? What food of all gives most delight? Which never fails to set just right? ICECREAM! Yes Sir! Taylor-Made Ice Cream Algona Ice Cream & Candy Co. 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