\ , , 7,000 Acres Sugar B6eta In No. Kossuth Profitable Over 7,000 acres of Kossuth ? ou " tv , land produced sugar beets in 1961, and profitably. Sugar beet production in Kossuth county doubled as a result of state department policy dropping Cuba as a supplier of cane sugar when Premier Fidel .Castro turned the island into a Communist stronghold. While insignificant' when compared to corn and soybean acreage, sugar beet production was an important crop to the-economy of northeast Kossuth county, American Crystal 'Sogar con> pany has .sugar beet unloading stations at both Ledyard and Buffalo Center. , ,gj Sugar beets are Shipped by rai'l to Mason City and refined into .sugar for distribution. The cane sugar formerly supplied by Cuba has not all been replaced with sugar beet, production, as other Latin * American suppliers had their quotas increased when Cuba ceased to be a supplier. However, sugar beet processors arc allowed to pro*duce 55 .per cent of the yearly increase in = sugar consumption so tnore sugar beet acreage in Iowa is likely next year. There are a dozen sugar beet producers in Kossuth county. One-'is Melvin Busch, 38,;. who owns 1006 acres, just south 01 .Ledyard and also! rents an additional 40 acres. 'A Marine veteran who saw action at Iwo 'Jima, Busch has a modern farmstead ljuilt-up since the 1 end of World War II. Setting off the new buildings, is an attractive, ranch-style home which makes comfortable 1 -., living for Busch, his Wife, Alberta, .and their three' daughters; Susan. 9; June Marie, 7; and Julianna, 4..,. This is the first year since 1954 they were allowed to raise sugar, beets without acreage quotas. He increased to 90 acres compared to'70 acres before'. Other crops on the Busch farm: in ,'6J« were 85 acres• of, corn' w.itH ,26 aires in the soil bank. He als'o fed* out 16 cattle and farrowed 60 plgF frorn seVen : sows. In explaining how he raises sugar beets. Busch said it's much like raising corn and soil which will raise a good 'torn crop should do the same with sugar beets. Busch plants the sugar beet." with a six-row drill. He seeds six pounds to the acre in 22 inch rows.' The seeds cost 60 cents s pound and is provided at cost by the sugar company. , About the middle oC May when the beets are in the four leaf -stage, a crew of Mexican workers is supplied by the sugar company—at the farmer's ex pense—to come in and "thin" the sugar beets in the rows sb they are bout 10 to 12 inches apart. Busch also uses, a mechanical thinner, which speeds up the job, but still relies on 1 human help to gel the job done thoroughly. . The Mexican workers also hand weed and hoe, s ing weed-control by cultivator ft.ttd chemicals #s BtJSdh uses' pre-emergeriee and normal spraying to conV'ol pigetm -grass and leaf-spot damage. The handwork cbsf.s about $15' to $20, a day,' as a Worker can eftrn th&t much if he's fast. One worker 4 is usually 'hired to every 15 to 25 acres and an experienced worker can handle an acre a day. Busch recalls when his" father and his neighbor sold sugar beets for as little as $3.50 a ton. Now, they 1 re..worth $13 to' $14 a ton. Fourteen tons an acre-is a good yield, 'and .old-timers figure that any yield over 10 tons ah acfL is profit. At time of harvest, Busch said his sugar beets were averaging about 14 tons an acre with some fields going as high at 10-17 tons an acre. 4-H Training School 50 YEARS The U. T. A. club of St. Charles marked its golden anniversary recently. Seventeen members from St. Charles and Des Moines attended. ' Seven of them were charter members, who helped organize the,club in 1911. During the winter Of 1872-73, traffic in New York, Washington, and other cities'; almost came ' to a halt because of an ihfluenia epidemic among horses. A county training school for all 4-H club officers will be held this Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Algona high school Annex. County officers, club chairmen and extension office personnel will be in charge of the session. , ' , County officers are shown in the above photo. They are, front row* left to right, Kathleen Eden, vice president, Rosemary Gisch,, historian, Thursday, November 16, 1961 Algona (la.) Upper Des Mofnes-3 and Audrey Gardner, president, of the girls, and in back, left to right, Richard Olson, president, Oalen Metzgor, vice president, Chris Nygaard, reporter, and John Meschor, secretary-treasurer, of the boys. (Extension Photo — UDM Engraving). ' ' Kossuth Cattle To International Kossuth county is the 41st Iowa county from which entries have been received for the 1961 International Live Stock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo, the management reports. 'Eugene Henry of Algona, will exhibit three Angus steers in the exposition's Quality Beef Contest in which animals are first judged alive and after slaughter their carcasses evaluated for their quality and yield. The Chicago show will be held November 24 to December 2, in the International Amphitheatre at the Chicago Stock Yards. Girl Scout Workshop Arts & Craft's Workshop for all Girl Scout Leaders will bu held Thursday, Nov. 16 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bryant school. The Algona, Neighborhood includes Girl Scout Leaders from Burt, Titonka, Swca City. Loaders from those towns art asked to attend. All Algona Leaders arc urged to attend or hove their troop represented by o cQ- londcr or troop mother. The monthly meeting will be held following the worship; Mrs. Howard Long has material from the Council office to hand out tq e.u'h troop. Cresco Chums Cresco Chums met at the Carol Tcclcr home where installation of officers was held. Installed were |>res., Lucille Gacle; vice pros., "Virginia Gisch; sec., Rosemary Gisch; Irons., Verdean Shaw'' historian, Carol Teeter; re-porter, Marilyn Deal; photo-" gruphcr, Sheila Friders; recreation and music chairmen, Susan Johnson, Linda Moelhttuse, and. Donna Mae Thilges; and librarian, Sharon Rocthlcr. At least 400 children and young adults are admitted to mental hospitals every year for- serious mental disorders. 3;: THE SECURITY STATE BANK OF ALGONA PRESENTS THE U AUTO-RAMA" -\/><sn««t*;^* ,~ '-;.,,< ;-ve:\;H 1962 DODG? POLARA 1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR He's n mighty important fellow, not only to our community, but to our country as well. He's the personal representative of the automotive industry, your contact man with Detroit. His industry is in a large measure responsible for America's whirlwind growth and leadership today. 1962 CADILLAC SEDAN DE VILLE 1962 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1962 FORD GALAXIE 1962 OLDSMOBILE "88 Nsw Car Financing Is Invited. 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