The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 11, 1944 · Page 28
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January 11, 1944

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 28

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16 M a s o n C i t y G I o b e - G a r e t t Charlie Had A Little Duck-Knoxville, Tenu., (if) -- If you've been calling someone a "dumb duck," consider the case of a webb-footed fowl owned by Charlie Hickman. Last Easter Charlie's mother gave him a 2-day-oJd duck. By the time Complete Line of DR. ROBERTS Stock and Veterinarian Supplies BOOMHOWER HARDWARE Charlie started back in the 6th grade this fall the duck had grown quite a bit and "quack, quack, quack," the duck fluffed its wings and went right along with Charlie. Since then the / WILL BEAN INSPIRATION TO OTHER AMBITIOUS DUCKS duck hasn't missed a day and the school principal reports that the duck "is smart and has a lot of manners." She lets it wander around the school building at will. HOG AND BROODER HOUSES See these houses on exhibit at our yard: 1 10x12 Brooder House. 1 12x14 Hog House--I Pen. Our houses are made of lumber throughout with clear redwood sidiiig and are substantially built. Let us show them to you. L. A. MOORE LUMBER CO. Phone 119 629 South Federal Avenue FEEDING FLOORS -- How to Build Them A concrete feeding floor Is easy to build and Inexpensive. Hoss and cattle make faster, more economical gains through better health and substantial savings in feed. . North Iowa and Southern Minnesota Farms Just Job to Her Keeps Groundhogs Down By W. G. KAISEK Agricultural Engineer Among the most essential farm improvements are concrete feeding floors. Such floors help produce more pork and beef and save feed from being lost in the mud. Cattle and hog men figure that a concrete feeding floor or paved barnyard is paid for during the first year of use by faster and .cheaper stock gains, increased " value ot manure, and saving of bedding. Livestock feeders recommend from 30 to 40 sq. ft. of floor for each head of cattle and about 10 to 15 sq. ft. per hog. Concrete feeding floors are generally made about 4 in. thick unless they are to be driven over with heavy vehicles in which case they are made 6 in. thick. The floor should be made in sections about 10 ft. square. If the area to be paved is poor, ly drained, it is best to place the ·concrete slab on a well-tamped fill of about fi in. of fine stone', gravel or cinders. However, it the feed lot is on well-drained -soil, no fill is needed. It is often desirable to place a low curb and an apron or cutoff wall extending into the ground about iy ; or 2 ft. deep around the edge of a feeding floor. · This apron p r e v e n t : . undermining of the floor. · Before concrete is placed the floor area should be carefully leveled or given the desirei slope. Many floors are slope* about VA in. per ft. to drain readily. Any filling made in ow spots should be wetted and amped thoroughly to provide a irm base for the concrete slab, ·ieces of 2x4's are commonly ised for side forms when the loor is to be 4 in. thick; 2xG-in. ieces when the floor is to be 6 in. thick. A 1:2%."3 concrete mi.x is recommended. This means 1 part Portland cement, 2Vi parts sand and 3 parts gravel or cruslied rock. Pieces of gravel or crushed rock should not be larger than in. in size. The proper amount of water is 5 gal. per sack oC cement if sand is in an average moist condition. · - . The full thickness of concrete placed in one operation. The freshly laid concrete is leveled tlush-with the top of the guide forms by means oC a striker- board. A straight 2x4 about 10 ft. or 12 ft. "long makes a" good strikebdard. New/concrete is al- towed to - harden, .until it - is quite stiff, then is finished with a wood float The wood float creates an · 'even,, uniformly gritty, nonskid ' surface. New concrete'- should, be properly cured by covering with earth or straw as soon as it has hardened enough not to be marred, and then kept moist for at least 5 days by frequent sprinkling. Approximate amounts'of materials required to build 100 sq. ft. of floor 4 in. thick arc: 7% sacks of Portland cement % cu. yd. sand 1 c«. yd. gravel or crushed rock. Field Tests Show Need of Fertilizer In recommending that Iowa farmers can afford to increase their use of commercial fertilizer from the estimated 67,500 tons used in 1943 to 388,516 tons for 1944, agronomists at Iowa State college base their conclusions on field tests conducted throughout the state during the past 5 years. In 1938 Iowa farmers used only 11,507 tons of commercial fertilizer. The trend since has been toward a constant increase, but the quantity used is still far behind that used in some other Cornbelt states. In 1938, for example, Iowa farmers spent G7 cents per 51,000 of casli income for fertilizer. In the same year Illinois farmers spent $2.50 per $1.000 of cash income, Missouri farmers spent $7.90 and Indiana fanners $24. If.Iowa's quota of fertilizer were allotted according to the most profitable response to ap- -* We really feel .fust a little bit self-satisfied about not ' using the obvious title for this picture. Besides, it's not pistol; it's a .20 gauge shotgun. Hunting isn't particularly a pleasure for Louise. Mainly it's a job to be done. She has to keep down the population of the groundhog colony which lives under the huge boulder in the background. The boulder is something of a andmark to people who travel :he river road northwest of Nora Springs. To Louise it's a nuisance which has to be plowed around. No, she didn't shoot any groundhogs the day the FARM editor visited her. The trip out to the boulder was made for the photographer. She's well aware that the groundhogs keep their noses indoors during cold weather. And she would hardly have taken the dog along to s c a r e them into their burrows it she really wanted to shoot any. That clog, incidentally, brought FRANK J. ENBUSK' Audits - Systems - Tax Service TAX ATTORNEY CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT First Nafl Bank Bide. . . . 932 plications in the field tests, the | astern hnlf of the shite would ·eceive about 75 per cent ot the otal used. Legumes respond with the xeatest increase in yields o£ any major crops when fertilizer is applied'. Corn, however, is not far behind. Nearly half of he corn acreage in eastern Iowa can profitably be fertilized under present conditions. Tests also show that ','t of Uie pastures in southern Iowa can profitably receive applications of fertilizer. It is estimated that less than 5 per cent of the soybean acreage ' of the state will return enough increase to warrant the cost. On the other hand, 80 per cent of the hemp acreage should be Extend Farm Purchase Deadline for Motors Farmers can continue to get fractional horsepower motors and certain other items of general industrial equipment until Feb. 1 on signing of certificates, Walter E. Muir, manager of the DCS Moines WPB office, said in announcing an extension of the use of farmers' certificates for these purposes which previously had been prohibited after Dec. 1 to the visitors' attention a trait in Louise which didn't show up so much until we were ready to leave. As we walked out to the car the editor asked, "What's the dog's name?" "Guess," answered Louise. The long hair was a suggestion: "Shep?" The girls laughed until tears ran. Finally Lydia explained: "The dog's name is 'Guess.'" "How in the world did it get a name like that?" "I had another one with tho same name and we had so much* fun with people asking what its name was that I named this one the same," admitted Louise. "NORTHWESTERN" Portland Cement can be secured through any reliable bniUng Material dealer. Northwestern States Portland Cement Co. Makers ·* "M*THWKST CHy. Ctmrmt Travel the Safest Road to Farm Home Ownership with Federal Land Bank loans The progressive farmer--the kind of man who con make a go of it--is the one who eliminates all UNNECESSARY RISKS. He chooses his farm -...··. carefully. He makes sure he's buying land that will produce enough .to /. .· /pay living expenses, loan costs, taxes and still leave something for" improvements. . * . Then he gets the SAFEST financing. He wants o farm loan that never requires a renewal-7-something that might occur in bad times. He .wants the kind of loan that enables him to pay for his farm a little at a time, over a long period. And yet o loan that he can pay off faster if times ore good enough. To get such advantages in farm loan financing, farmers organized their own credit system 26 years ago--a co-operative system which operates, not to make o profit, but to provide farmers with loans on a common sense basis that fit the farming business. North Central National Farm Loan Association Telephone 1114 11 2 North Delaware Mason City, Iowa W. F. WAHRER Secre ta ry-Treasure r JOE GALLAGHER · Asst.- Secretary : Treasurer

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