Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on February 8, 1944 · Page 15
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 15

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 8, 1944
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. North Iowa, Southern Minnesota Farms General Gets Report Brig. Gen. Hanford MacNider of Mason City is shown at the right with Brig. Gen. Spencer B. Akin, chief signal officer in Southwest Pacific. (U. S: signal corps photo). rnHE HARRY BISGROVE farm, described in pictures -I- and stories throughout this issue of FARM, is known as unit No. 1 of Indianhead Farms, owned by Brig. Gen Hanford MacNider and his family. Indianhead holdings total some 5,000 acres, dividec into 26 operating units, all near Mason City. Fourteen of these are partnerships, operated on a 50-50 basis, 11 arc on a share basis and one unit is operated entirely by- hired help. For more than 2 years now* General MacNider has been plan- ' ning and participating in attacks on the Japs in the southwest Pacific, receiving with other news from home information on how the [arm operations are going. Gen. MacNider formed' Indian- head Farms in 1929 and the organization went into operation as such March 1, 1930. In the years preceding that Gen. MacNider ada. served as national commander of the American Legion and as assistant secretary of war and as United States minister to Can- la. Indianhead Farms was firs operated on a hired help, basis with O. W. Ong as superintendent. The land was divided into IB units. After Dec. 31, 1935, a gradual change to partnerships .ook place. The first year 2 [arms,were placed on .a partner.; ship basis and each year for the next'5 years more were added. Under the new plan Of operation the managership was taken over by H. A. O'Leary, with D. W. McCauley as assistant manager. . . . . In the process o£ changing hfs !arm operations, Gen. MacNider set up in business a few young men ot proved ability in farm management. His .partnership with these on a 50-50 basis has been eminently successful. In certain instances financial aid was given. The partnership plan, in general, has worked well, providing an incentive for efficient opera- ion. Of every operating dollar hat goes out, the farmer-operator pays half. Of every dollar made, he gets half. The renter provides all the machinery, owns" half the livestock. Eleven farms are on a share oasis, the farmer paying half the corn, 2/5ths of the oats and other small grain and cash on hay, pasture land and building sites. . ,· Largest of the farm units is a 750 'acre farm tn the extension of 12th N. W., just outside the city limits, which is run by hired help. This farm, known as No. 28, has 800 hogs and 230 head of cattle, o£ which · 44 are milk cows. Ed Ransom is the superintendent of this unit. The feed to supply this farm comes to a large extent from share farms to be put through the livestock on this place. Indianhead Farms joined with other farms in North Iowa in increasing production for the war effort and in 1943 the farms reach their peak for the period they have been a MacNider or- janization. Thousands o£ hogs and hundreds o£ cattle were marketed. The production of marketable ;toek is the aim of the organiza- ion and to do this breeding lines are kept up by the purchase of purebred boars and sows. Hamp- hires, Berkshires, Durocs and Spotted Poland Chinas are the generally preferred breeds. Holstein and Milking Short- lorns are the favored c a t t l e weeds. For the past several 'ears it has become the custom o buy purebred Holstein heifer alves from Wisconsin and Short- lorns from various purebred icrds. Hereford or Angus bulls are purchased. The net result is a leavy output of milk and butter"at, while the offspring make 'ine marketable stuff, generally sent to the packers at 1,000 jounds after 14 to 16 months of feeding. Indianhead Farms maintains a warehouse at 19th S. \V., where all equipment is repaired. SALE Unitized Wallpaper Large Selection of Close-out Papers to Choose From PAYNE Wallpaper Paint Store 32 2nd N. E. Ph. 245 Protect Farm Tires From Grease and Oil Ames--Protect tractor, truck and automobile tires from damage by grease and oil, Iowa State college agricultural engineers advise. As soon as either is discovered on tires, it should be wiped off. In addition, if a tire-mounted machine is kept in a shed with a concrete or wooden floor, it may be necessary to provide a plank runway on each side so that grease and oil dripping from the engines cannot flow to the tires. Be sure to cheek the germination of your seed oats before spring work begins. Tests at the seed laboratory of Iowa State college show that much oats is poor in germination. Make sure-soil is not acid as :he first measure in soil improvement. If it is acid, then [he 'proper amount of. lime needed, as shown by test, should applied before using commercial fertilizer. - Lights on laying hens increase the fall and winter egg production, but at the expense of spring and summer production. 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