Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan on July 30, 1965 · Page 39
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Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan · Page 39

Ironwood, Michigan
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Friday, July 30, 1965
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FRIDAY, JULY 30, 1965. IRONWOOD DAILY GLOBE - GOGEBIC COUNTY FAIR SUPPLEMENT NINB Report Given On Dairy Farm Trends' Study A study of trends on dairy farms over a 10-year period is reported In the U. s. Department of Agriculture's The Farm Index as follows: Which farms drop out of business? The operations with fewer • acres, limited investment, smaller herds and lower Incomes, according to a study of dairy farms in Wisconsin. The study was conducted by ERS In cooperation with economists at the University of Wisconsin. The purpose of the Wisconsin research was to examine the characteristics of farms that dropped out of business between 1951 and 1961. • >-What happened to the farm families? Who took over- the •land; What changes occurred in the acreage and financial status of the farms? The study disclosed that only 189 of the 262 farms surveyed in 1951 remained in operation as separate units 10 years later. One hundred forty-seven of the farmers were still on the same farm in 1961; 42 new farm oper ators had taken over the farms that became available. Th farmers who left duri n g the decade gave varying reasons for leaving. Some quit because of health. Some said the Income from farming was too low;.they found they could do better working elsewhere. -In a few cases, unusual circumstances forced the decision to move (the barn burned, the herd contracted TB and was sold, etc.). Among the old e i men, retirement or death accounted for most of those who left farming. To see what differences there were between the farms held by the same operators between 1951 and 1961 and those that changed hands, comparisons were made of the number of cows, av erage investment, farm and nonfarm Income and acreage op rated. The men who stayed on the same farm averaged 17 cows in 1951 and 22 in 1961. The farms that had changed operators during the decade had 19 cows in 1951 and 26 in 1961. The farms that had new oper ators had an average of 165 acres in 1961 compared with 129 acres 10 years earlier. Farmers on the same farms report ed 154 acres in 1961 and 145 acres in 1951. Although the average inv e s t ment had increased for both groups, it was considerably high er for the men who had changec farms. They had land, buildings equipment and herds worth $42, 933 in 1961, compared with $35, 286 for the men who stayed pu during the 10-year period. The 1951 figures were $33,489 and $29,528, respectively. The new operators who took over these farms had lar g e cash farm Incomes compa r e with the men who stayed on the same farm. Nonfarm inc o m was more important for the men who remained on the same farm than for those who changed Cash farm income for those wh stayed on the same farms wa $2,783 in 1951 and $2,895 in 1961 with nonfarm incomes g o i n from $923 to $2,570. For the group of farms witr different operators, the figur e were $3,256 cash farm incom with $300 nonfarm income 1 1951. In 1961, the figures wer $4,158 in returns from farmin and $2,000 from off-farm sources Roughly a fourth of the farm ers who moved onto survey farm between J951 and 1961 starte farming with some sort of fam ily help or partnership agree ment; only 11 per cent of th operators on the same farm had family help. Half of the men on the sam farms purchased their land whe they began farming, compare with only a fourth of the- me starting out in the 1950's. Half of the 73 farms t h a eased to be separate units uring th 10-year period remained in production as pur- hased or rented additions to eighboring operations. N o n- arm use claimed 12.5 per cent ft the vanishing farms. The oth- rs went in the Soil Bank, were eft idle, or both. foung fanner Short Courses Set by MSU Education for the farmer of omorrow is offered by Mich- gan State University today in unique course. Each year the College of Agri- ulture offers the Young Farmr Short Course to future farm- rs who want special training, 'he continued increase in the kills required for modern farm- ng demand such training. That's the advice of Dr. Harold . Henneman, director of short ourses at MSU. The courses offered the foung Farmer curriculum have een designed for young men vho expect to become farmers, arm foremen, herdsmen, o r arm managers. Student appli- ants must be high school graduates with some farm experi- nce. Henneman notes that with gricultural research going on 11 over the world and with new developments in machine r y , eeds, fertilizer, and llvest o c k are, the farmer of the future needs to be better educated and keener than his present day ounterpart. In modern agrlcul- ure, thousands of dollars of income can be lost through a single mistake in the use of automatic machinery, equipment, or mproper usage of spray mater- als, the MSU director adds. With new developments and changes coming at such a rapid rate, the successful operat o r will be the skilled operator. The Young Farmer program s a two-year course with two ;erms each year. Each term s eight weeks long, one be- ore Christmas and one after January 1. This schedule permits the students to secure valuable training during the late all and winter months with a minimum of time away from the farm. Students take classes in agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, soils and socia science. Elective courses are offered in: animal husbandry dairying, crop science, poultry fruit and vegetable production and other areas related to farm ing. A number of scholarships are available for the short courses Most Michigan bankers have adopted the Michigan Bankers Association Short Course Scho larship program. These scho larships usually provide $100 fo the first term of the MSU course. Application blanks are available from Cooperative Ex tension service offices and vo cational-agriculture t e a c hers The Caulkins Foundation of De troit also provides a limited number of scholarships in t h e amount of $75 per term to third and fourth' term students. These awards are made to stud e n t s with definite plans for becom ing established in farming. Short course students ha v e use of the same facilities and programs made available t four-year students at MSU. The lecture-concert s e r i es, trave logues, noted speakers, and the music, drama, and art produc tions all serve to supplemen the practical agricultural train ing provided. Activity books ad mit students to all these events plus the fall and winter athletic schedule. This year's Young Farme Short Course begins October 20 Students interested in furthe information should write to: Di rector of Short Courses; Mich! gan State University; East Lan sing. Candle Warms Plants One person who, fearing late frost will hurt valuable plant put outdoors, places a short thick, lighted candle inside up side-down empty pots among the plants to warm the air. o o e ATTENTION Farmers—Loggers Oil Stations—Contractors Truck Operators—L P Gas Suppliers Tank Wagon Operators and All Users of Rubber or Plastic Covered HOSE NEW ENDS INSTALLED TO REPAIR LEAKS 'Cemplot. heies made op In m!nutes-Hy<|rau!le, Gas, "Water, Air and Grease. Designed for hlflh pressure application. With the NEW HYDRA-LOC COUPLING MACHINE AND HOLEDALL COUPLINGS. INQUIRE AT: PLUTCHAK RROS. BQX 56 MASS, MICHIGAN «mpgffq?%3feU3^» • .«*»•>«*$ $%/%*% SWW? fttffeti&t.., 6?-$iYT«p[*x i4V •< >a 1 & _ LJ - ... .. * ^ * * .. PIPELINE TRENCH—This is a view of the trench dug for the natural gas pipeline as It enters Michigan from Wisconsin in Ironwood Township. Although the line will go through some of the richest farm land in the county and will put some areas out of production for some time, farmers so affected are hopeful that natural gas will help uplift the local economy and thus assure a continued market for local agricultural products. U. P. Farm Tour Will Be Held Aug. 7 in Marquette County The average visitor who drives through the Upper Penin- ula then flies home, wrl t e s back, asking, "Why didn't you ell me about the beautl f u 1 arming country away from the highway?" Visitors find it hard to believe hat productive and competitive 'arming units can be carved out of the beautiful but hostile looking wilderness they see along the main highways. This year's Aug. 7 U.P. Farm Tour, set for the south central area of Marquette County, will dramatically show what indus- ,rious farmers can do with hard work, patience and machine r y needed to remove stumps and rocks and to drain swampland. The tour, intentionally set for a Saturday, will also hopefully draw city people from nearby Marquette, Ishepming, Negaunee, Iron Mountain, Cry s t a 1 Falls, and Escanaba and help them to understand why food is one of today's best bargains. * * * The tour, being arranged by Marquette County Extension Director Melvin Nyquist and Michigan State University Agricultural Economist Rick Hartwig, will begin near Wat son which is on county road 426 about 35 miles northwest of Escanaba. From the north, Watson can be reached by taking 557 south from Gwinn and turning left on highway 426. First stop on the tour will be at the Paul VanDamme farm located approximately four miles north and two miles east of Wat son. VanDamme, who was an outstanding 4-H Club memb e r, started in on a section of land in 1948, wrestling with the elements, stumps and rocks. Now he has 522 acres of cropland and clears another 30 acres each year. He, along with other Marquette and Dickinson County farmers, have in recent years given the U.P. a reputation for producing the famed Russet Burbank potatoes. + •*•*• VanDamme averages 40 to 60 acres ol potatoes annually and keeps about 100 acres In oats and wheat. He maintains a 70-cow dairy herd to utilize the grain and roughage. The manure is applied to the potato ground. Forty- five of the cows are kept at a farm near Marquette where Mr. and Mrs. VanDamme, along with their six children, live during the "school year. All the VanDammes are continuing an active role in 4-H programs, riding clubs, Farm Bureau, Lions Club, the ASC, and the Soil Conservation Service. The tour's second stop will take visitors to a farm that is somewhat typical of the Upper Peninsula's emerging new part- time farmer—the beef calf producer. William Jaeger runs the one and only general store at the little crossroads town of Watson. Up the road a few miles he keeps 90 head of good grade herefords on 860 acres of pasture and woodland. Th remaining portion of his 3200 acres is in timber. * * * Jaeger, president of the Bay de Noc Beef Breeders Association, is married and has five children. In addition to helping build the cooperative Beef Producers Association, and sale, held each year in nearby Delta County, Jaeger is serving on the school board and the family s active in 4-H Club work as members and as leaders. Following the Jaeger stop the ;our will proceed through W 11- liam Usher's sugar bush formerly operated by Gus MacFadden and one of the state's largest producers of maple syrup. During a luncheon break MSU Farm Management Specia 1 i s John Doneth of East Lansing is to bP the featured speaker at a noon program. The lunch and speech is set for the Wells Elementary School near Watson. Doenth, reporting on a trip to Russia, will speak on "Agriculture Bohind the Curtain." Visitors on the third stop will see a farm that shifted from potatoes over to full-time dairying. Brothers Morton and Howard Schire started produ c i n g potatoes .but switched to milk and now maintain an 80-cow dairy herd as their main source of income. The brothers, along with Morton's son, James, operate 410 tillable acres and have 694 additional acres in non-tillable pasture. The farming operation was started with 20 cleared acres and six cows back 1 'in 1940. In ndr to keep the pipeline leading to a 1,000 gallon bulk milk tank full, the Schires seed their Oneway sandy loam to silage corn, oats, barley and to renovated pasture. The Schires as well as Van- Damme work with MSU to maintain crop demonstration triails, the results of which benefit agri- cultur throughout the U.P. Morton's other son and Howard's two sons are employed, in Milwaukee. This "family is also active in community, organizations and in 4-H Club work. Operating Mink tench Is Costly LANSING (AP)—"Some folks get the idea there's a lot of money in the mink business," he mink ranch operator said. James L. Dyer, 27, coowner of i ranch 15 miles west of Lan- iing, sells around 2,000 pelts i 'ear and "we try to average $20 a pelt," he said. People multiply 20 times 2,000 "and ding, ding, ding, they otal up $40,000. But they don't ake the high operating costs nto consideration," he added For instance, said Dyer, feed costs run up as high as $100 a day between Aug. 1 and pelting ime, which begins after Thanksgiving Day and continues nto early December. Four months at $100 a day is $12,000. Dyer has been purchasing ready-mixed mink food—cereal, horsemeat, whalemeat, tripe, sheepshead and other fish. Dur- ng the last five years, its price las climbed from $3 to $7 a hundredweight, he said. Dyer and his father, James U.P. Fair Queen Contest Slated ESCANABA—Who will be the Upper Peninsula's "Fairest of the Fair"? The answer will be known the second day of the U.P. State Fair to be held in Escanaba Aug. 17-22, inclusive. Whoever is chosen by t h e judges to reign as Queen of the Fair will have as her court the prettiest girls of the region, for each fair queen candidate will already be a queen in her home community. "All queens—sports, homecoming, Fourth of July, centennial and others—will be welcomed as queen candidates," said Mrs. Lency Clairmont of Escanaba, U.P. Fair Queen Contest director. "We ask only that they have a sponsor, perhaps a service club, chamber of commerce, or other group," she said. The sponsors are asked to write Mrs. Clairmont, 720 S. 10th St., Escanaba, for an application blank for their candidates. Fair queen candidates should be entered as early as possible. The deadline is Aug. 6. Fair queen candidates must be single and between 16 and 22 years of age to be eligible for the contest. They will be judged on the basis of talent and personality as well as beauty. 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Quiet The easy-burning globular flame is a pleasant change from the blowtorch roar of the conventional oil burner. Fan hai resilient mountings to dampen vibration and is sized for Urge capacity at }ow,' quiet speeds.: IRON FI R E M A N ® £«?<fceeW HIATINO AND COOLING Most Complete and Best Equipped Sheeimeial Work ... KAUFMAN SHEETMETAL W. Aurora St. Custom Work— Commercial— Industrial & Phone 932-2130 Residential S. Dyer, are partners in the mink ranch, which is among 200 such operations In Michigan. A decade or so ago, the state had 600, but rising costs and depressed fur market conditions forced most small-ranch operators out of business. The senior Dyer started the mink ranch with 90 females and 25 males in 1951, after observing his son's interest in trapping muskrats and mink along the Grand River. The operation moved five years ago from a 10-acre site to a 40-acre spread, where the Dyers started this season with 100 males and 500 females. MESC Office Works With Extension Staff The local office of the Michigan Employment S e c u r ities Commission provides the County Extension Office with the latest information on employment in the area, as well as other vital statistics needed for economic studies. Many educational programs are cooperatively sponsored by the two agencies and each implements the other. Dairy Animals Need Minerals The mineral feeding stoi*y of the divided mineral box, trace- mineralized salt in one side of the bcx and a well-balanced calcium phosphorous supplement in the other side, is as sound economically and correct nutritionally today as when it was first told many years ago. Feed trace-mineralized salt o n a free access basis, either blocks or loose salt, separately and apart from a simple, balanced mineral mixture contain ing primarily calcium and phosphorus either in block or i n loose iprm. If minerals can't be fed free choice feed one per cent trace mineral salt and one per cent of a calcium-phosphorus mix, usually steamed bonem e a 1 in Gogebic county, in the grain mixture for all dairy animals from calves to heavy-milk ing cows. For an epicurean breakf a s t dish, serve French panca k e s with maple syrup mixed with » little brandy. FOR FALL and WINTER USE OUR 1st GRADE BUILDING MATERIALS < MILLWORK CHECK FIRST at our BARGAIN SHED for MONEY-SAVING BUYS on MANY TYPES of QUALITY BUILDING MATERIALS FOR THAT PET PROJECT! .'4- NOW IS THE TIME TO FILL YOUR BIN OR TANK WITH PREMIUM COAL - FUEL OIL PAINT UP INSIDE AND OUT WITH QUALITY MINTS *JEWEL INTERIOR PAINTS Any color, any finish, any quantity! ; * JEWEL LATEX and OIL HOUSE PAINTS Latex for wood, masonry, asbestos ' siding ... oil for that finished look! , DEPENDABLE DEALER HURLEY: DIAL .Tspamer

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