The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on April 1, 1936 · Page 15
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April 1, 1936

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 15

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GLOBE-GAZETTE FARM AND INDUSTRIAL NEWS NEWS AND VIEWS OF INTEREST TO FARMERS MASON CITY, IOWA, APRIL 1, 193IJ Explain Soil Program at Township Meetings Committee Starts* Conservation, Program. A series of township meetings were getting under way Wednesday in Cerro Gordo county following- the return of the temporary county agricultural adjustment committee from the state soil conservation meeting at Iowa Stale college Friday and Saturday. Those attending: the Ames meeting were J. D. Richardson, former corn-hog chairman; Earl Dean, chairman of the planning; committe; County Agent Marion E. Olson, Paul Spotts and F. H. Guth. Claude Wickard, assistant regional director, J. J. Reed and L. E. Ellis of the north central regional staff of the agricultural adjustment administration, and Marvin Sandstrom of the division of information, explained the details of the new soil conservation and domestic allotment program to members of county committees, the state corn-hog board and its fieldmen and ex- tention workers. Schedule Given. The complete schedule of township educational and election meeting's for Cerro Gorcio county follows: Wednesday, April 1, 1:30 p. m.--Union township, Lakeside church; Dougherty township, Dougherty hall, Dougherty; Portland township, Portland hall; Bath township, Bath Center school. Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 p. m.--Grant township, Center school; Grimes township, school above bank, Thornton, Iowa; Mt. Vernon township, Center school; Lincoln township, Center school. Thursday, April 2, 1:30 p. m. ^Pleasant Valley, Catholic hall, Swaledale; Falls township. Rock Fails. Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p. m. --Geneseo township, Gauley school; Lime Creek township, Freeman school; Lake Township, Baker school; Clear Lake township, Ventura; Owen township, Center school. Friday, April 3, 1:30 p. m.-- Mason township, P. G. and E. auditorium. To Hear Explanations. In these meetings farmers will hear an explanation of the new program and will elect permanent township committees. Chairmen of township committees will comprise the board of directors of the county association and will elect county officers. The county board of directors will administer the local phases of the program. M. E. Olson, county agent, summarized the highlights of the new program as follows: As soon as possible after the township educational and election meetings, a training school will be held for permanent committees. The township committeemen will then visit the farmers in the community and will fill out work sheets with them, including, among other necessary information, the crop acreage for the farm for 1935. To Recommend Crop. On the basis of the work sheet information, the township committee will recommend a soil-depleting crop acreage base for each farm. These bases will provide a definite standard for measuring the extent of soil-conserving and soil- building farming practices followed in 1936 and for determining- the amount of payment due. The base for an individual farm will be the total acreage in soil-depleting crops in 1935 (Turn fo 1'iiee 12) At Conference Francis Johnson, Tcrril, president of the Iowa Farm B u r e a u federation, was among: the scheduled speakers at the district Farm Bureau meeting 1 at the Hotel Hanford Wednesday. Sound Seed Scarce. Reports from II linois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Kentucky, indicate a serious seed corn situation for 1936. Farmers are urged to test corn for germination before planting. Jn Illinois more than one-fourth of the seed in samples from II different counties is dead. ON THE INSIDE Plan to Add 36,000 Acres of Hayland ON PAGE 16 Hoping to Revive Planting of Trees ON PAGE 8 Vegetation Saves Land From Erosion ON PAGE 17 Farmers Can Qualify for 2 Type Payments Soil-Building and* Soil-Conserving Plans Given. Under the new soil conservation program, farmers may qualify for either or both of t\vo types of payments: (1) A soil-conserving payment for the shifting of acreage from soil-depleting crops to soil-conserving or soil-building crops. (2) A soil-building payment for such farming practices as are recommended by the state committee and approved by the secretary of agriculture. Such farming- practices on which soil building payments will be made have not been Turn to Page 3 For additional news on new soil conservation program. definitely determined as yet, but are likely to include the establishment of new seedings of soil-building crops, pasture improvement and liming. $10 an Acre. For farms on which no sugar beets ar flax are grown, the soil-conserving payment will average approximately $10 an acre for the region as a whole and may average more than that in Iowa. It will vary between individual farms because of variations in the productivity of the crop land. Special soil-conserving payments will be made with respect to sugar beets and flax. The total amount of the soil- conserving payment for an individual farm will depend on the number of soil-depleting acres shifted. Payment will be made on acres shifted up to 15 per cent of the total acres in the soil-depicting base. Total acres "in soil-conserving or soil-building crops on the farm --including; those planted this year and previous years--must equal 15 per cent of the crop depleting base in order to qualify the farm for a payment o£ any kind. To Encourage Crops. The second type of payment, the soil building payment is being offered to encourage wider use of soil-improving crops and practices. It may be made with respect to biennial and pernnial legumes seeded in 1936, such as sweet clover and alfalfa or for improving pasture liming and other practices that may be approved for Iowa. The rate of soil-building payment and the conditions governing the making of such payments in each state will be recommended by the state com- mitee and approved by the secretary. The maximum total soil-building payment cannot exceed a sum obtained by multiplying $1 by the total number of acres devoted to soil- conserving and soil-building crops on the farm in 1936. Touring Talkies. In Louisiana the state college agricultural extension division has equipped a tnicfc with movie and sound apparatus. This traveling talkie show supplies its own electric current and is carrying the messages of better home and agricultural practices to thousands of rural people. Essays and Posters. High school students in the Chicago milk shed and sub- market city schools, are competing for 5180 in prizes offered by the Pure Milk Association in an essay and poster contest which closes March 1. FARMING AREA. UNITED STATES

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