The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on March 3, 1937 · Page 31
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 31

Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, March 3, 1937
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE SEVENTEEN' THIRTY BILLION TONS OF TOP SOIL LOST Heavy Toll Being Taken by Erosion Reconnaisance Survey of State Shows Larger Losses. Thirty billion tons of fertile, soil! Unleashed by the breaking of the virgin sod, the mighty forces of erosion have levied that tremendous toll upon Iowa since the state was first settled, estimates P. E. Brown, head of. the department of agronomy at Iowa State college. s This is equivalent to a loss of more than 137,000 ions per 160- aere. farm or approximately one- third of the original surface soil. Acre Plant Loss $3,000. Dr. Brown's estimate is based on a statewide reconnaisance soil survey conducted by the soil conservation service of the U. S. department of agriculture and the Iowa agricultural experiment station. Results of the survey are reported in Special Report No. 2, "Soil Erosion in Iowa," available from the Bulletin Office, Iowa State college, Ames, Iowa. The survey indicates that a staggering volume of plant nutrients has accompanied the soil on its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. H is estimated that about 55 million tons of nitrogen, 18 million tons of phosphorous and 455 million tons of potassium have been carried away from Iowa farms. On the basis of present prices of commercial fertilizers, it would cost close to $3,000 an acre to replace this plant food. No Erosion on 13 Per Cent. "The capital value of Iowa farms, thus, is being depleted by erosion--a depletion that is actually far greater in value than the land's market price," Dr. Brown points out. The survey reveals that only about 13 per cent of the total land area of Iowa shows little 'or no evidence of erosion. Approximately a third of the land shows slight sheet erosion with up to 25 per cent of the original surface soil washed away. More than 14 per cent of the land has lost 25 to 50 per cent of its surface soil, and 31 per cent of the land has lost 50 to 75 per cent o£ the surface layer. On 9 per cent of the land area, erosion has been so severe that 75 percent or more of the original surface soil has washed away. "This vast loss in capital stock to Iowa agriculture emphasizes further the need for immediate and concerted action to control soil erosion," Dr. Brown declares. Has Many Offices Above is'shown R. M. Hall, president of the Cerro Gordo county Farm Bureau, president of the United Farm Organizations of Cerro Gordo county, president of the Rural Electrification association of the county and recently selected as director of the Mason City National Farm Loan association. Says Bang's Disease Can't Be Ignored "Dairymen," says Dr. Fitch of Minnesota, "cannot ignore the public health aspect of Bang's disease. In man the condition is called undulant fever, but the disease is not a-dominant public health problem. People do become infected w i t h undujani fever, the source of which is occasionally through dairy products. Contact with infected animals, especially swine, is undoubtedly a more prominent anc important source of infection for the hitman family." Patent on Candy Bar Is Granted lastic M i l k Confection Developed at Iowa State College. AMES--Q. C. Ayers, ' chairman of the college patent committee, announces that a patent las been awarded to Iowa State college on a plastic milk and loney confection developed by Prof. C. A. Iverson of the dairy ndustry department. The patent was procured to insure proper manufacture of tin's con- 'ection and to protect the pubic from possible exploitation by unscrupulous individuals. The confection, made from a mixture of milk containing approximately 12A pounds of milk solids per 100 pounds and approximately 11 pounds of invert sugar, is produced by exposing .this mixture in thin layers to 270 degree Fahren- neit heat for 4 seconds. It can be produced with an ordinary Dot roller milk dryer. In f o r m and size it looks like an ordinary candy bar, and is coated with chocolate. Control of the pqtent will enable the college to enforce proper manufacture of the new confection wherever it is produced, and will prevent any self-seeking individual from securing a patent that might bar the college itself from experimenting further with the product. , "This patent -was incidental to research activities," Ay res said. "It was obtained only for the protection of the public interests and to encourage Iowa industry." R IGHT new U -when you n the grip and p u l l i n g of Firestone Ground Grip'Dre«» Mud, snow - and n i l in, road en ml i l l one d e m a n d t h e E X T R'jfc TUACnON of ilus lire. Look at ihe deep, ruppeol ]ugs - of rubber - « proved I read thnt vill pull through any rond condition. SAVE 25% I N T I R E MILEAGE W I T H FIRESTONE SEALTYTE TUBES Testing 25 Years Old in Pennsylvania T. O. Sidelmnnn, dairy specialist, Pennsylvania State college, reports that cow testing associations have completed 25 years of service to Pennsylvania dairymen. The first association in the state began in Chester county in 1S10. There were 21 members in the association with 784 cows on test. The average' production per cow for that year ending in 1911, was 5,724 pounds milk at 234.5 pounds fat. Ten years later, in 1921, 5,764 cows were tested with an average production of 6,811 pounds milk and 266.4 pounds fat. Another 10 years, in !03I,.the number of cows tested increased to 27,548 with an average production of 8,081 pounds milk and 312.8 pounds fat. In 1935, the average milk production was raised to 8,347 pounds with 332.7 pounds fat. HERE'S A TWOFOLD SAVING For Thriffy Housewives FIRST -- Burpee Cookers and Sealers Have Been Greatly Reduced. SECOND-- The Burpee way furnishes the housewife the best and cheapest way of home canning.. BURPEE CAN SEALERS REDUCED Quick Change Self-Sealer, Auromaric. Was $14.95 ....... NOW Quick Change Sealer. Was $12.50 NOW Starter Generator and IGNITION SERVICE , CENTRAL AUTO ELECTRIC CO. First St. H. W. BURPEE PRESSURE COOKERS 14 Q u a r t -- Was $13.50-Reduced to 7 Quart -- Was ?11.50 -Reduced to $11.95 $10.95 Ask Your Dealer for a Demonstration or Call The Canners Supply Company. CANNERS SUPPLY COMPANY irestonc AUTO SUPPLY SERVICE STORED 115 East State Phone 76« 111 EAST STATE ST. PHONE 27 Earl May Says CALIFORNIA PEACHES AT CARLO! PRICES Peaches No. Peaches Large golden halves. In 25 degree syrup. , ONLY can, (?1.GO per dozen) Colif. Solid pack. Halves or Sliced. No. J O can. ..ONLY (¥2.29 per case of six) KMA COFFEE Rich blend of fine mountain grown coffees. Strictly fresh. In bag, per Ib ONLY FRESH OCEAN FISH Often called Ocean Cat, half or whole...-. ..Ib. ONLY Red, half or whole ....; per Ib. Extra quality Standard. . . .per pint ONLY Salmon Oysters LAWN SEEDING TIME Thicken up your lawn now and get your grass in ahead of hot weather. Moypork Mixture Plenty of extra heavy Kentucky Blue Grass, deep r o o t e d White Dutch Clover and other quick-growing grasses. Per Ib. OQ ONLY ~L 3 C Kentucky Blue Grass The great lawn milking seed. Extra heavy new crop seed of s t r o n g germination. Per Ib, on ONLY £,31. TEMOTHY Costs only B6c per acre to sow. Government pays you $1.00 per sere for sowing. It's Cheap! Extra fancy .seed, d« ftft Per. bu., ONLY «JJ.iJU HEGARl The sweet stalked P.orgo. Per 100 Ibs. fr 9 yr- ONLY «P«J* I 3 . COMPLETE LINE OF ALL FARM SEEDS Listen 1n my special farm and gardening programs KMA 10:00 A. M., 12:30 P. M., 1:45 P. M., 7.30 P. M., each week: day--WHO 12.30-12.45 P. M.; WMT, KSO 1.45-2:00 P. M. Monday to Friday inclusive. Earl E. May Seed Co. I'hone 756 EARL E. MAY, President 26 2nfl St. N. E. Mason City

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