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12 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE FEBRUARY 18 1931 NEWS AND VIEWS OF INTEREST TO FARMERS BETTER ROADS BETTER FARMING THIS PAGE EDITED BY ARTHUR PICKFORD EDITOR DECLARES OUTLOOK IS NOT BRIGHT FOR FARM Prices Likely to Advance but Little, Men in Department Say. By ARTHUR H. JENKINS Editor, The Farm Journal .Written for Central Press. The annual forecast of the smart men in the department of agricul ture, dealing- with farm prospects for 1931, came out a couple of weeks ago, and dismal reading it Is. Prices, they say, are likely to advance a little, but not before the second half of the year. And this will come about chiefly thru improvement in general business which, will increase the demand for What farmers have to sell. The forecast says that there is little or no indication that farmers are going to plant less acreage of anything-, with the possible exception of cotton. Consequently, the supplies of farm products will be as large as ever, and only an improved demand for the stuff can bring prices back. Prices Are Shock. The course of prices since the middle of 1830 has In fact been a surprise and a shock. Broadly speaking, 1930 was not a large- production year. In some commodities, like potatoes and notably corn, there was distinct under-production. And yet these prices, instead of advancing, as experience shows they should, took a fancy nose dive like all the rest. The only conclusion to be drawn is that the depression in the cities and towns is of major importance, as the economists say. Prices do not act this way when times are normal, or only slightly upset. Plainly, consuming power in the cities has taken a bad beating. If we needed any further proof of it, here it is. Economists Extract Hope, put of this set of circumstances, the economists extract what hope they can. They are particular!? careful to point- out the. Increases in acreage, the new plantings of fruit trees not yet of bearing age, ana all the other indications that food production is being steadily stepped up. They profess to hope, and maybe do really hope, for all I know, that farmers will take these things into consideration, and will hold down or decrease their 1831 crop acreage. And this, of course, would supply the other factor of smaller supply to unite with a recovery of city consumption, to bring back prices next autumn. I am afraid there are too many "ifs" in this to make it of real comfort and to restore confidence in farm prices. Farmers do not respond that quickly, as a rule. But we-do know that the orderly working of economic law must eventually restore agriculture to a normal profit basis. Demand must recover, and simply must be adjusted to it. Perhaps it will happen sooner than the Washington experts think. They have made in the past plenty of mistakes on the one side of two much optimism. Maybe for once they are wrong in the other direcr tion. GOLDEN EGG NEXT? Most any time now this hen may lay a golden egg to keep her startling record. In n. period of 15 days recently she laid two triple, threo double and six single-yolk eggs.i Her owner, William Boyd v of /Danville, III., is shown above with one of the triplicates, a single and a double.-. Other hens, according to poultry experts, have produced eggs of this kind only after they have missed laying for two or three days, but this hen does It after a lapse of one day. She is (v cross between a Rhode Island Red and a Buff Orpington. OTTO BRANDAU HEADS G.T, ft, 40 Attend Annual Banquet inY. M. C..A.; Ellis Is Toastniaster. Forty guests and members, of the Floyd county C. T. A. assembled in the Y. M. C. A. parlors Feb. 10 for the annual business meeting aiu banquet. Carlisle Ellis, prominent Jersey breeder, as toastmaster introduced the speakers. Frank Brunner; pres 'ident of the Iowa Brand Creamer ies association, Otto G. Brandau County Agent Aaway who presented the honor certificates awarded annually to owners of herds averaging 300 pounds of butterfat, an Floyd Arnold, extension dairyman. . During the short business meeting reorganization for the coming year was accomplished. Otto Brandau was elected president, Ivan Barty vice president, R. R. Runner, secretary and treasurer and W. J. Frevert and Ralph Rockzien, directors. Another space mystery that Einstein might investigate is the hiatus between wheat and bread prices.-Virginian-Pilot, W. J. Murphy Livestock" and Farm Snlo Auctioneer Arrange for Vonr Fall Sale Date Now Phone 1977 Mason City, lown PULSE of the FARM By ARTHUR PICKFORD. "Ain't it the limit." this weather we're having ? Here it is the middle of February and no winter yet. Bobsled shoes still rusty, cattle out every day, roads good everywhere, farmers driving steel fence posts in ihe middle of winter, almanacs no good for weather forecasts, no wading in mud or snow, weather pre- tiicters scratching their heads to ac* count for it and old men rummaging around to recollect a winter like it. The only fly in the ointment is the fellow who says "Yes, but you'll see. We]ll get it yet. We'll have a late spring," and all we can Jo is to wait and see. THIS WOULD NOT HOLD FOR IOWA The United States government is collecting data as to how much farmers travel. One of the investigators, working in Dane county, Wis., recently averaged the replies given by 50. farmers as to the longest trip they had taken last year. The average length of that trip was 50 miles but there were some that gave 19 and 14 miles as being their long journey. FARMERS Alp DROUGHT RELIEF The response which farmers have made to the appeal for food, clothing and money for the drought sufferers of the south is much to their credit. Times are hard but foodstuffs are plentiful in northern Iowa and a dozen eggs worth eight cents are just as satisfying as if they sold for 40 cents. So much corn was offered by the farmers around Forest City that it was deemed advisable to trade it in for flour and send that instead. Hundreds of cases of eggs are being sent besides clothing of all description. It Is hoped that it will be wisely distributed. THE CORNSTALK PROBLEM Some farmers in Grundy county have been baling and selling cornstalks, getting a net price of $3 a ton for them from the Maizewood company at Dubuque. Nearly 400 tons have been sent. Some farmers claim that is more than tlieir oat crop nets-them at the present price. But County Agent Weiss of Hancock county _says that every acre of stalks plowed under is worth $6 hi plant food besides the humum added to the soil of which most soils are deficient. This would be a good subject to discuss in the soils meetings that are being held this month. HE MILKS TO MUSIC Last week this pafe had a cut of a farmer in Ohio who had a radio in his cow barn because he thot the cows gave more milk when there was a musical accompaniment. But Walter Strucken, who runs a dairy farm northwest of Nora Springs, has one in the cow barn for his own entertainment and instruction while he milks and does the feeding. BETTER SCHOOLS BETTER SOCIAL LIFE Does It to C. Pay to Belong . A. ? Asks Tester Records Help to Dispose o *Â· Cows Not Wanted on Farm. By WALTER NYDEGGER, Tester Many dairymen ask themselves "Does it pay to belong to a cow testing association at the presen price of butterfat?" At the presen price of butterfat none but the high economical cow will pay a profi over feed cost. Whereas in the pas most dairy cows would show somi profit. Not only can a dairyman weed breed and cull his cows much closer by doing cow test work, but in cas he has a surplus of stock and wishes to dispose of a few cows, by hav ing a record of each cow's produc tion and feed cost, he will rcceivi considerable more for such cows than one who has no records. Cows With Records Sell. For example the dairy cows tha were sold at the H. E. Smith and Son sale at Ventura, Jan. 21. Ever; cow with a high butterfat record put up for sale sold considerably higher than the cows with lowe" records. Four grade cows with the highes records sold for over 5100 each while the lowest producer only bro $60. By having each cow's record Smith and Son realized at least to $10 more a cow*. On the 17 cows sold the difference received for thc-m would pay for several years of testing. Of course a buyer must take into consideration the honesty and reliability of the man who Is selling cows on their production records. S89 Cows on Test. The past month 369 cows were on :est. The average production was i77 pounds milk and 25.1 pounds butterfat. Forty cows produced 40 pounds and over of butterfat and 20 made 50 pounds and more. Six cows vere sold for beef and 17 were sold or dairy purposes. Five high herds were: Cows Lbs. Milk B. F. Â»V. D. Butler 20 1178 milk 41.3 Villiam Brims 10 1188 milk 39.1 :eeler-DouglSs 27 784 milk 32.0 Ernest Smith 19 881 milk 30.0 i. J. Ott 9 783 28.1 Rose, a grade Holstein cow owned iy W. D. Butler was high cow. She iroduccd 1916 pounds milk and 78.6 pounds butterfat. Senator Norris proposes to abolish the electoral college. Might -as well. Nobody ever hears anything about its team.--Winston-Salcm Journal. FARMERS! Wo Pay a Premium For Quality Poultry FOOD PRODUCTS CO. Phone 806 2323 S. Federal [owa Takes Interest in Standard Grading of Marketable Goods By MARJORIE MITCHELL Iowa has taken the usual interest that she does in any enterprise that goes to better the relationship between producer and consumer. Standard grading of. marketable products is a coming necessity for producers. There was a time when the buyer bought With little regard to the product purchased but now when he parts with actual cash he expects a satisfying quality. "Straight run" buying will soon be a has-been with the now many conferences relative to putting marketing on* a quality basis. Milk is no longer just milk, it is milk with a certain percentage of butterfat and will be sold as Such. Corn is graded aa to yielding qualities and eggs-go to tha market assorted into classes corresponding with their weight and cleanliness. The producer of quantity only cannot hope to descend with equal price or compete with the producer of quality. The realization of this will bring about a Â· better marketing system which will mean more money to both the producer and consumer. When that is achieved quantity control will come to the fore. The day la past when people can produce because they feel like they must regardless of the consequence. PLEASANT RELIEF FROM CONSTIPATION Shoulders droop under weight oC years. Young, yet beauty has fled. Cheeks are sallow and drawn. Unsightly pimples. Keep your system clean and you keep the beauty of youth. Its energy. Us irresistible charm. Then life is not a failure. Clogged bowels and Inactive liver cause poisons to seep thru the system. Health vanished and with it beauty, and energy. Dr. Edwards Olive Tablets will help save you from this dark hour. For 20 years they-have been prescribed in place of calomel to men and women seeking health and freedom from constipation. They act easily and smoothly. No dangerous 1 griping. Take nightly before retiring. Results will'amaze you. Â· Thousands of men and women would never be Without Dr. Edwards Olive Tablets, a vegetable compound. ' Know them by their olive colqr. 15c, 30c and 60c. All druggists. LIBRARY TO GIVE MEMBERSHIPS AS CONTEST PRIZES Anyone Under 21 Years in Cerro Gordo Invited to Compete. Can you earn a "dollar any more easily than by answering these questions ? The best 25-sets of answers wil be awarded student memberships in the Mason City public library-value one dollar. Any young person in Cerro Gordo county under 21 years of age is in vited to answer the questions. Help may be procured from par ents, teachers, club leaders, from encyclopedias or other reference books in the home or school 1L brary. If any question isn't easil; solved, call the public library a" Clear Lake or Mason City or thi Farm Bureau office. Papers must be in by March 7 They should be left at the Mason City public library or mailed in. Correctness will count first in the judging of papers, then care anc neatness in preparation, if more than 25 correct lista are received. Be sure to sign name and address and give age. Questions Are Asked. 1. Was Iowa admitted as a state oefore or after the Civil war? 2. My bathing cap is stuck to- jether. How can I get it apart? 3. How much of the earth's sur- 'ace never receiv.es any snowfall ? 4. What is the first essential to hygienic living? 5. What famous composer, revered by all music lovers, was bur- ed in a pauper's cemetery and lies n an unknown grave? 6. Copy the following titles on Â·our paper and add the name of the uthor of each selection: Heidi, Rip fan Winkle, Tom Sawyer, Penrod, Hiawatha, Great Stone Face, Star Spangled Banner, Gulliver's Travels. 7. What will keep brass faucets rom looking water spotted? 8. Give the last line of the fol- owlng:: . . . . . . . ; . "This above all: To thine own selr be true And it must follow as the night the day." 9. Are the national forests of tha 7. S. larger in area than the state ot owa? 10. Arrange the following words n the order in which they appear in dictionary: Bear, chickadee, cis- ern. windmill, roof, barn, tractor, pple, weather, alfalfa, happen, aste, alphabet, run, tempest. 11. Watermelons are native to hat country? 12. Who is the author of the Get- ysburg address? 13. What kind of a soil is consid- red best for onions? Give Three Crossing Rules. 14.. Give three safety first rules or crossing railroad tracks. 15. Is brown sugar marketed from iur North Iowa sugar plants? 16. Why are there no proper lames in the Bible beginning with 17. How much would you weigh on the sun? 18. How does the Brick and Tile 'actory in Mason City compare with others in the U. S. as to size? 19. What is the only insect that can fertilize clover? 20. Is bluing a dye or a bleach? 21. Who invented twin beds. 22. What percentage of electors n 1788 voted for George Washington to be president of the U. S. ? 23. What will remove a chocolate stain from a tablecloth? 24. What is the national hymn of !anada? 25. What is the most ancient example of independent sculpture cnown today? RAY R. BOGARDUS Drainage Engineer and Surveyor Mason City, Iowa. HE'S PERSISTENT - 'Associated Press Photo Frank A. Chapln, Winfleld, Kans., has,, been organizing- farmers into marketing agencies 65 years. "I never lost my faith," he said. EOGS PLENTIFUL; PRICE IS LOW Production Above Last Year but Income Is Less. Altho at least some poultry farmers have been decreasing egg production costs the past winter, they have been unable to match the decrease in egg prices. During January the average total expense a bird in the calendar record flocks was 11 cents, the monthly report just released by the extension service at Iowa State college shows. In the same month in 1930 the average expense was 15 cents a bird. The average receipts the past month, however, were only 19 cents a bird as compared to 24 cents in January, 1930. Production since November has }een more than 50 per cent greater :han a year ago, due largely to the 'avorable weather. The average hen n the calendar flocks has laid 22.4 ;ggs since November as compared :o 14.2 eggs in the same time a year igo. Even this greater production has failed to make up for the lower egg prices. Calendar flock owners received an average of 17 cents a dozen for eggs the past month as compared to .34 cents a year ago. .Many eggs have been sold as market eggs this year which ordinarily would have been sold as hatching eggs. Hatcherymen were not using as many eggs in January as last year. The income from sale of latching eggs, chicks and breeding stock in January was only one-third vhat it was last year for the same month. The average production of all )irds the past month was 8.9 eggs a hen, the average receipts ID cents and the average total expenses 11 cents. W? FOR SALE Purebred Aberdeen Angus Bulls 9 months to 2 years old C. M. Schumacher Phone 1010, Thornton, la. Farm Equipment For Sale On account of not getting a farm, I will sell: A Farm-All Tractor, 2 row plow, 14-ft. disc, 2-bottom plow, 2-row corn picker, 28-ft. tractor harrow. All new last year. Reasonable amount down, balance by next fall. W. B. REED Pritchnrrt Farm, 4 Miles West of Belmond MORE FARMERS CONSIDER NEEDS FOR SUBSTITUTES Hughes Suggests Barley or Soybeans May Be More Profitable. More Iowa farmers are considering a substitute crop for oats this year than ever before because of continued low oat prices, according to H. D. Hughes, head of the Farm Crops Department at Iowa State college. He suggests four crops, barley, flax, soybeans and winter wheat, which may be used to replace part of the oat acreage to give a larger net return. Barley Is probably the best substitute on Iowa farms, Hughes says, because it fits perfectly into the rotation, is seeded at the same time as oats, is an excellent nurse crop for clover and gives about the same distribution of labor. Experiments show that barley will produce about 25 per cent more pounds of grain an acre than oats, on the average. Thirty per cent of the oat kernel is hull, while only 15 per cent of the barley kernel is hull giving a net gain of about 50 per cent of actual feed from barley as compared to oats. Smooth-Awned Barley Developed Several smooth-awned varieties of barley have been developed which are now no more objectionable to handle than pats. Volvet barley, the most popular of these, is now planted on more than one- third of the barley acreage of the state and is a high-producing variety. Hughes expects a big increase in the acreage of flax, as not enough is produced to supply industry in this country. Flax is protected by a high tariff, which will insure Iowa farmers a. profitable crop. Investigations show that flax is not hard on the land. Bison flax is a good wilt-resistant variety and can be obtained direct from Iowa growers. Flax is seeded at about the same time as oats and is a. good nurse crop with which to seed red clover or alfalfa. Hughes warns against seeding sweet clover with flax as the clover is likely'to crowd out the flax. He further advises against seeding flax on weedy ground as the flax will ,not fight weeds... ..-Â· . \ ' Beans Give More. Soybeans will give a much more valuable crop than oats when grown for cither seed or hay, WANTED! LIVESTOCK WE SMOKE MEATS G. GRUPP'S PACKING HOUSE Home-Made Bologna Phone 33 401 So. Federal Â· This Year Why Not Use? r-Gain Chick Masks For These Reasons: 1. Mor-Gain Chick Mashes contain a well balanced combination of ingredients furnishing vitamins, proteins and minerals' that keep chicks healthy and growing. 2. Mor-Gain Feeds are priced right--you can afford to feed them at the reasonable prices they are quoted. 3. Records from the past years show that Mor-Gain produces results. 4. Mor-Gain Feeds and Mashes are made 'in Mason City --you can see them made and are assured of clean, fresh ingredients. 5. Our service department can help you with your feeding problems. FOR RESULTS "FEED THE BEST" "FORGET THE REST" Northwestern Distributing Co., Inc. 436 2nd St. N. E. ' Phone 361 or 362 Mason City, Iowa ASK YOUR FEED DEALER FOR MOR-GAIN Hughes says. They will yield about two tons of cured hay an acre, which approaches alfalfa in feeding value, and they are one of the surest crops to plant. The cracked beans have great feeding value for dairy cattle and chickens, and will replace part of the tankage in hog feed. The average acre of winter wheat will give a greater feeding value an acre than oats. Winter wheat and soybeans can be included in'the rotation splendidly by following the soybeans with winter wheat. The wheat may be seeded in the soybean stubble without any special seedbed preparation. Winter wheat then gives a good place in which to seed clover. 31 ffo Its themostOVERALLfor Farm'Sale Dates Claimed Feb. 19--O r v i 11 e Ingebretson Estate, Thornton, Iowa. Feb. 19--ar. Flatness, Gordons- vllle, Minn. Feb. 19--W. F. Mueller, Melton- vllle, Iowa. Feb. 20--E. C. B u t e n b a c h ; Klemme, Iowa. Feb. 20--Lewis Opedal, Emmons, Minn. Feb. 20--Ed Schaub, Grafton, la. Feb. 20--Ed A. Schaub and Sons, Manly, Iowa. Feb. 31--J. A. Vnage, Hanlon, town, Iowa. Feb. 23--J. M. Witter, Rockforfl, Iowa, Feb. 23--H. J. Steege, Mason City, Iowa. Feb. 23--Mrs. A. Bratrude, Kensett, Iowa. Feb. 24--August Meyer, Mason City, Iowa. Feb. 24--Webber Bros., B l u e Earth, Minn. Feb. 25--I r v i n Greengo, Glenville, Minn. Feb. 25--H. J. Hemland, Floyd, Iowa. Feb. 26--Bidne and Ingebretson, Northwood, lowiu Feb. 27--R. R. Parks Estate, Klester, Minn. Feb. 28--Clnuson Estate, Clear Lake, Iowa, March 7--R. I/. Dixson, Plymouth, Iowa. To Get Your Sale Date in This Column Just fill out coupon and mail it to the Globe-Gazette, care of V. C. HICKS (Pleuse White Plainly) Name .. Town Dute of Sale Insure More Poultry JProfil I CUSTOM HATCHING BABY CHICKS and POULTRY SUPPLIES The- Peerless Hatchery Phone 1339--404 S. Federal Ave.--Mason City, Iowa FIRST HATCH MARCH 9 For the Brood Sow Feed SAN-TONE to the brood sow and build your spring pig crop right. SAN-TONE will provide the proper mineral content in their feed for sow and pigs. SAN-TONE has proper laxative to prevent the brood sow from becoming constipated and feverish. SAN-TONE Contains Tonic and Conditioner to keep the brood sow in perfect condition and she will have a good supply of milk for the pigs after farrowing. SAN-TONE pigs come strong and lively. If hand fed, a pint a day is enough for 30 sows; most farmers feed SAN-TONE from self feeders and leave it before their sows all the time. SAN-TONE feeds further and at a lower cost than other minerals. Visit our plant at Iowa City. FOR SALE BY \VM. WHORLEY, MASON CITY Howell Shrader Drug Co.