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Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, April 15, 1936
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TWELVE MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE. APRIL 15 ·§ 1936 Better Social Life ... Better Schools ROTATION YIELDS MORE CASH, TEST AT AMES SHOWS Corn-Oats-Clover Change Is Used in 17-Year Crop Operation. AMES--That a farmer actually will obtain more money from an acre of land by following a rotation of corn-oats-clover instead of alternating corn and oats is revealed in the results of a 17 year test conducted by the Iowa State college agricultural experiment station. The total value of the crops produced on one acre under the corn- oats-clover rotation for the 17 years was 5394, as compared with 5344 obtained from the corn-oats rotation. Dec. 1 farm prices were used. Results of these tests have a particular significance to Iowa farmers this year, W. F. Watkins, extension agronomist, said today, because of the stimulus to seed clover provided by the new soil conservation program. Red and sweet clover will be.two of the crops most commonly seeded by farmers participating in the program. Tests conducted annually by the experiment station for the last 21 years reveal that adding clover in a corn-oats rotation will increase the average corn yield about 32 per cent. Corn yields from the land on which clover was in the rotation averaged 49.6 bushels an acre' as compared with 37.4 on land cropped only with corn and oats. Soil type, extent of erosion, drainage, slope of land, type of farming and soil treatment are all factors which influence the type of a crop rotation desirable and the yields obtained. NEWS AND VIEWS OF INTEREST TO FARMERS B e t t e r Farming . . . Better Roads [(THIS PAGE EDITED BY ARTHUR PICKFORD) P U L S E OF THE FARM FARM B U R E A U NEWS A Weekly Feature Depicting Activities of Cerro Gordo County Organisation. By Farm Editor What to do with the old man on the farm is sometimes a question,-almost a tragedy. For the most part of his life he has been the mainspring in ' the 'movement of farm operations and habits of a lifetime are hard to change. Sometimes he hasn't learned how to grow old gracefully, how to let go. ' Where finances are favorable, it is sometimes possible to ship him off for the winter months to California or Florida but when spring comes in Iowa, he is back again eager for the fray. It is in his blood. It is well when he can know his place and let the younger blood do '. the planning--those on whom the · bulk of the work will fall SOME JOB TO SPEND MILLIONS Of course, when the Townsend plan gets into motion these old fellows will be taken care of. It will keep them busy finding ways to spend $200 a month. If they think that will be an easy job, let them read that 'delightful book "Brewster's Millions," wherein a certain man was required to spend a fortune. He found out that it was some job to spend millions as well as to accumulate them. But the plan is not yet in operation so we will have to do something else for the old folks whether pasl 60 or not. It occurs to us that we might do with them somewhat as they do with preachers and professors, after a life of hard, work and a well earned rest. They give them a title "Pastor Emeritus" or "Professor Emeritus.' And surely there are thousands o: farmers who are not yet ready to throw up their hands who could ably fill the position of "Farmer Emeritus" for many a year and so feel that they are of use to the world. We offer this suggestion as th» result of a long time of farm ex perience. SOIL PROGRAM GROUPS WORKING Are Procuring Figures on Last Year's Production and Other Data. The committees which were selec- ed to administer the soil conserva- ion program in the county are busy at present procuring work sheets. ?hese worksheets will include figures of last year's production and ither needed information about the Jarm. Using this information the :ownship committee will recommend :o the county committee a soil de- ileting base for each farm. The soil depleting base will be figured from the acreage in soil depleting crops last year plus any icres shifted from corn or wheat under the adjustment program. In cases where drouth or flood interfered with normal crop acreage or where the acreage of soil depleting crops is too far out of line the average of the community, the committee may make an adjustment. · After the soil depleting base has been approved by the state committee and the secretary of agriculture, the farmer will be notified of his base. He may then make application for an awrd or payment. Soil conserving, or Class I, payments will be made.-on acres shifted from soil depleting to soil conserving crops up to 15 per cent of the soil depleting base. This payment in Iowa is expected to average about $33 an acre. Soil building, or Class II, payments may also be collected in amounts ranging from 51 to $2 an acre, for soil building crops planted between Oct. 1, 1935 and Sept. 1, 1936, or 5250 an acre for applying 2 or more tons of lime per acre between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30. The same acres that qualify for Class I payments may also qualify for Class It payments. The Class n payment cannot exceed an amount ecual to ?1 multiplied by th? total acreage in soil building and soil conserving crcjis. FARM BUBEAU OFFICEKS Andrew Olson president Earl M. Dean Vice Pre»ldcnt S. A. ISxXtot Secretary Shirley S. stanfleld Treasurer FJUtM BUREAU DIBECTOBS Grant Wayne Woltord, Cleat lane Lincoln Bert H. Mybre, clear Lake Lime Creek Leslie VanNote. Mason City Palls Paul H. Matzen, Mason City Clear lafc« J°»" ftttuo. Clear Lake LaKt Robert Furleign, Clear Lake Mason EUjar Z. HalsUt, Mason City Portland .R. A. Ludeman, Mason City un i on Harry Welker. Clear Lake BaUl _ Cecil H. Avlse. Rockwell Owen .John L. Curran, Mason City Grime's'...'. Dale Smith. Thornton Pleasant Valley....Clarence Ulum, swalMlaw Gentses ...Frank Kirk, Rockwell DouEfcerty Barney Dousherty, Dougherty HOME PROJECT CUAIR-MEN Grant ... -Mrs. Eollln Lu»comb.- Clear Lake Lincoln Mrs. Fert H. Myhre, Clear Lake Lima creek. .Mrs. i. M. Matzen. Mason City Falls Mrs. Paul H. Matzen. Mason City Clear Lake.. .Mrs. Elmer Nelson, Clear Lake Lake Mrs. Ben Skafleland, Clear Lake Mason. ..4. .Mrs. Axel Anderson. Mason City Portland. ..Mrs. W. H. Davidson. Mason City Cnlon. Mrs. HBRD Strain. Ventura Mt. Vernon. -Mrs. J. D. Richardson. C. Lake Bat n Mrs. Cecil Avlsc, Rockwell Owen Mrs. Jobn Curran, Mason City Grimes. . .Mrs. Carl Floy. Thornton PI Valley! "'.Mrs'.' Clarence Olum. Swalcdale Geneseo ....... Mrs. Wil Bruns, Sheffield Dousnerty.Mn. E. G. Dougherty, Dousberty County Home project Chairman Mrs B P. DeGraw. Mason City £ UMOIJ clt y Chairman Girl,' Club Committej^ Publicity committee E. M. Hall. Mrs. R. FurlelEh, Lelsn Curran County Agent ................ .Marion E. County Club ASent ......... W Vend Home Demonstrate M- cho , ltt Ollice Assistant ......... ucnevleve M. smith 213 Federal Bids.. Mason City Information Gsven by State College on Spraying of Fruit Mari'xi B- Gtson. county agent, 3 -.list corn-plated arrangements Ith ~S- W. E3gecom02, extension ortiroiturist of Iowa _ State col- ge whereby he will be able to otify anyone interested concern- ig the proper time to spray their ruit trees and small fruits iroughout the season. Anyone de- ring this service may procure it y notifying the Farm Bureau of- ice at Mason City at once. This information is offered to the ruit growers through" the co'-oper- tion of the extension entomolo- «ists, pathologists and horticultur- sts of the agricultural extension ervice. They will keep . in touch with the insect and disease situation as it develops during the sea- on and will notify the fruit grow- rs through the county agent's of- ice of necessary methods of con- rol. S. W. Edgecombe, extension horticulturist, advises that satisfactory results can only be procured from praying when the sprays are put on 'thoroughly at the proper time and using the right materials. In order to spray thoroughly, he also advises that the sprays be put on with sufficient ' pressure so that every leaf and fruit is completely covered .with the spray material. Now is the time to apply the dormant spray. Details in regard ;o mixture of spray material, etc. WANTED HIDES - WOOL Highest Prices Paid CARL STEIN Phone 470 111 Sixth S. W. Jack Dorsey AUCTIONEER Coll Plymouth, Iowa Wool Wanted We are now ready to Bu Wool. Call or see us befor selling. S.B.MYRICKSON 415 Twelfth Street Southeast Phone 962 Mason Cit can transform an iminvjting build' ing into a homelike house. The largest plants should be used at corners and in the angles of the house or porches, according to m formation obtained by Miss Chollet from Norman Morris, extensior landscape architect at Iowa Stat college. The entrance is the import ant part of the house and may be accentuated.--not hidden--with ta plants. Small plants may be used t build down from the taller materials and in bare spaces between foundations and windows. Lower plants may also be used underneath, windows or along a porch where it is desirable to maintain an open view. 4-H Movie WilfBe . Shown at Portland and Mason City Y The 4-H club motion picture of boys and girls of the six counties surrounding Mason City, which has been in the process of making tie last two years at the North Iowa fair is completed and will be shown for the first time at the community hall at Portland, at 8 o'clock on Thursday evening, April 23, and the second showing will be at the ban- EXPERT AT AMES SAYS LAMBS CAN HIT TOP IN JUNE ·iighest Rate of Gain Is Obtained When They're Young, He Maintains. AMES. (.VI-- C. W. McDonald, Iowa extension livestock specialist, says larch lambs can hit the top of the Tune market if pushed rapidly from )irth to attain the desired 75 to 100 'ound weight. He emphasizes that the cheapest and highest rate Of gain is obtained when the lambs are young, which means "the ewes should be in thrif- y condition and should be fed some rain while suckling the lamb." "While ewe's milk and grass are excellent feeds, they must -be sup- ilemented with grain in order to btain early market finish and the desired weight." McDonald recommends erection of -a small pen or creep with openings through which the lambs can enter for feeding, but too small for :he. ewes to pass. He suggests a creep containing a. clean trough for grain and a rack for grain. The grain trough is 10 inches wide and 4 inches deep, with a 4 to 6 inch board running lengthwise 10 to 12 inches above the bottom of the trough to keep the lambs out of it. The specialist says the lambs should be fed gradually increasing amounts from the time they begin to nibble -the grain. After about a month on grain, he says, they usually will take a quarter of a pound - I I ' I T S E E M S TO M E A Weekly Farm Page Feature Presenting the Views of Representative North Iowa Farmers and Farm Wives on Important Economic and Governmental Questions of the Day a head daily. McDonald recommends cracked corn and crushed oats as a good grain ration. He says at the age of six weeks the lambs are ready for shelled corn, whole oats and corn silage. Seen Through a Windshield --By A. P. quet room, Y. M. C. A. Mason City on Saturday evening, April 2o. The picture includes tHe North Iowa fair stock parade, girls booths ] and exhibits* livestock exhibits, the auction sale of baby beeves and a 4-H club story of progress of various boys in the four counties, Hancock, Floyd, Cerro Gordo, and Worth. All of the boys and girls, their parents and anyone interested in 4-H club work, as well as all regular 4-H club members, have been invited to attend this showinig. A lunch will be served free of charge. A similar motion picture will be made this year and following year, of the 4-H club work in the various counties and also at the North Iowa fair. may be procured by county agent's office.. calling the Dr. Riner Gives Talk on "Farm Preaching' The Clear Lake Poultry Improvement association held its April meeting at the S. J. Ott home. After a short business meeting there was a discussion on marketing of eggs. The speaker of the evening ,, A. P. --Bare willow branches, black with blackbirds discussing the late spring and what to do about it. All talking at once and then a sudden hush and ail are away. Spontaneous disposition of many bareheaded town women to rake leaves but general complaint of how hard packed they are to the ground. --One lone man getting a few cuttings of early potatoes on Good Friday but not admitting that he is at all superstitious. --Sixteen black mounds indicating the extent of the work done by a pocket gopher since he awakened from his .winter's sleep. --McGowan's slough full up to spring level and stage set for bullfrog chorus, every night. --Finest patch of green sod in town at Mason City waterworks. --A few days of sun and wind changing mud and slop to good roads and dust. --April 15 and many farmers in By MK. and MBS. M. PETERSON Were you faran-rs in Denmark? Mr. Petersen: I was born and reared on a farm but Mrs. Petersen was a town girl; but is now a typical farm woman. Tell me some ot your first impressions of this country. . Everything seemed so big. The buildings; the railroads, the farms and even the people seemed so much bigger than the Danes. Which climate do you like best, Iowa or Denmark? Iowa. There is more sunshine here and the winters are more clear, although I believe that Denmark has a more healthy climate. How long were you a renter after coming here? Twelve years on the same place, with the same landlord, six miles southwest of Thornton; Is a renter in Denmark paid for improving a larni? In the part of Denmark where I lived.I did not know of a single renter. How does it come that the farms ol Denmark are not all worn out in the centuries that they have been farmed ? Because the Danish farmer owns his farm and so is interested in keeping up the fertility of his soil. He feeds all the crops grown to some kind of stock, limes the land and has a crop rotation that keeps up fertility. Are there any customs or laws m Denmark that you think we could adopt with profit? Yes. Our present tax laws need revising. A young man who starts out as a farmer or in business, is not given a fair chance. He has to pay taxes on something he does not own. A farm may be mortgaged for a large part of its value; but the person in whose name it is, pays all the taxes. This seems to me to be unjust. He should pay only on what he owns. This gives him a better chance. You are in a consolidated school district. Could your children get the same training in some other form of rural school, at the same, or less cost? Consolidating rural schools is a step in the right direction for better education. There is no way in which they could get a better education at less cost. More rural schools should be consolidated. Will the new soil conservation plan be satisfactory as between farmers and will it be effective i"; bringing up fertility? Will it not require a long time to show results ? I do not believe the plan will be satisfactory. The fanners that need the most soil improvement are the More Grass, More Profit in Milk Pail That Is Contention of Dairy Bureau Chief. Growing more grass pastures and legumes and less grain is not only good soil conservation, but is one of the best dairying practices for economical milk production. As a rule grass and legumes provide nutrients for dairy cows at a lower cost than grain. But dairy farmers, who produce pasture and hay feed of a high nutritive value, find it pays to govern their hay making and grazing practices and methods for preserving forage This was pointed out today (March 26) by O. E. Reed Chief of the Bureau of Dairy Industry, U. S. Department of Agriculture, in an address at Janesville, Wis.. before the Wisconsin Dairymen's associa- , 'What we have learned about vitamins in the last few years, particularly with respect to the vitamin A values of various roughages and the importance of this vitamin to the dairy industry, will no doubt have considerable influence on our feeding methods in the future and on fee methods we adopt for preserving forage crops or making hay, Mr. Reed said. "We have found in our research work that pasture grass, hay, silage, and other roughages vary in carotene content, or vitamin A potency and that the same feed vanes according to its grade or quality. The green color of grass and roughage is a rough index to its carotene content. If this quality is to be conserved it will be necessary to make the crops into hay or silage without undue loss of color." tion. was then introduced- Dr. B. W. Riner gave a talk on Foundation Plants Blend Farm House . Into Surroundings The house that rises right out of the bare ground, forlorn and unexpected like a . "popped" jack-in- the-box, needs a green frill or two x relieve its severity, suggests Miss Marjorie Chollett, county chairman of better homes week. ' . Tying the foundation into its surroundings to make such a house look as if it feels at home is recommended by Miss Chollett as a home improvement activity for better homes week, which will be observed in the county April 26 to May 2. Appropriate plantings that break the straight lines of the foundation FARM BUREAU EXCHANGE SEEDS FOB SAJUE Manchu Soy Beans, good germination. $1 bushel. H. J. Brown, Mason City. Early matured, early combined, Maachu soy beans, germ. 95 per cent. Bin run $1.00 bushel. Ben Hitzhusen, Cartersville. Hope spring wheat, rust-wilt resistant. Ralph Bryant, Rt. 4. SOWS FOE SALE Duroc Broow Sows--Farrow latter part April. Alex Anderson, Mason City "Sermons the Farm Preaches." He said "Nature speaks' a various language; the Bible opens with a garden and closes with a river." Dr Riner said he was born on a farm in Jowa and that he learned some of his most valuable lessons as an audience of one. He pointed out thai farmers are in the garden of God The first lesson the farm teaches ^ a lesson of beauty. We should have..eyes to see the beauty. He pointed out the beauty in a field of corn. The second lesson the farn teaches is the lesson of work, no drudgery, but honest work, he said All true work is blessed. Life ab hors idleness. Here he urged co operation, working together in all fanners' organizations. The third lesson, that of giving The very soil teaches giving. He tol the parable of the other 40, th soul. The fourth lesson is fruit bear ing and spiritual irrigation. The fifth lesson listed was tha God is in everything. Home Project Groups Will Meet April 18 A county contact meeting for th home project group is being plannec for Saturday afternoon, April 18, a 1:30 p. m. The meeting will be hel at the Hi-Y room Y. M. C. A. Ma son City. Mrs. Wynne Jacobs, dis trict Farm Bureau committee wo man, will be present to conduct th air. and Mrs. Marinus Petersen Mr. Petersen was born in Varde, Denmark, in 1888 and was always a farmer. He was married in 1914 and there are seven children, three boys and four girls. They came to the United States in 1911 and have lived in the vicinity of Ihornton, at first as rented but since 1928 as owners on a 160 acre farm in section 16, Pleasant Valley township. Mr. Petersen is president of the school board of Swaledale consolidated district. the field seeding. Spring on and farmers happy. rush is ones that will get the least pay. I don't think there will be enough followers to make the plan worth while. It will take a long time to show results but it is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. We are a wasteful nation. Could a soil and farm improvement plan be made to work quicker and more effectively through the self interest of the owner or through a lease to a renter which paid him for adding fertility to a farm instead of wasting it? If farm ownership was more encouraged, soil improvement would be taken care of without the gov- ernmont paying for it. A good farmer feeds his land. · I think it would be hard to draw up a satisfactory lease, such as you speak of because whenever a renter improves the production of a farm he has to pay higher rent or more to another me about your poultry,---Piles of lime appearing on farms in endeavor to increase fertility. --Children walking along road with hands filled with pussy willows-unusually fine this spring. --Easter Sunday--fine day and hundreds of town cars taking an airing. --Pink bellied old sows in farm yard, sprawled out flat and soaking up the warm sunshine. --Adventuresome Chevy resting quietly on its top, after catapulting over Johnnie Stevenson's fence on No. 65 and turning end for end with no apparent damage to car--and all on Easter Sunday. Apparently no casualties. · Farm Bureau to Hold Two Meetings Friday Two Farm Bureau meetings are set for Friday evening. The Union township organization will meet at the Lakeside church. A discussion of the soil conservation plan will feature' the program. The rural young people's forum will meet in the city hall at Clear farm. _ breed, number and what you do with the proceeds? Mrs. Petersen: We keep about 250 White Leghorn hens. We all take part in caring for them and we spend the proceeds for family needs. Much of the feed we grow on the farm. What about your garden? How extensive? Who tends it? We always have a garden large enough to supply our needs all the year around. We can about 300 quarts of vegetables every year. All lend a hand when the garden needs attention; but I feel that it is the wife's work to tend the garden. Your neighbors say that you have lots ot flowers? Who does the work? Have you any fruit trees? The girls and myself for recreation. We have plenty of fruit to supply the family needs and then some. Whenever we find an empty space that is suitable, we plant a fruit tree. Who built the garden fence, laid the cement walks and built the brick pillars at the fence corners of the yard? My husband and the boys for their pleasure and recreation; REPORT GAIN IN CATTLE FEEDING 21 Per Cent Increase Seen in Iowa Over Same Time Last Year. DBS MOINES, (30--The federal crop and livestock estimates division Tuesday reported a 21 per cent increase in Iowa cattle feeding over the same time last year. Leslie M. Carl, statistician, said in his report as of April 1 that the increase is general over Iowa except in the southern third of the state where corn supplies have been reduced far below normal. The division estimated that 70,000 more head of cattle are being fed, reporting about 404,000 head now are on full feed for marketing during the next few months. The report said shipments of stocker and feeder cattle inspected at" stockyards markets in the corn belt for the three months, January to March, this year were about 14 per cent smaller than for the corresponding months of 1935 and about 11 per cent below the five year average for the three month period. 22 Head of Cattle, 2 Horses Die in Fire MARSHALL/TOWN, (.?)--Twenty- two head of cattle and two horses perished in a fire early Tuesday when a barn on the Bert Matter farm near here was destroyed. The barking of a dog awakened Matter but the building was a mass of flames and none of the contents could be saved. The loss is esti- mately at 2,500, partly insured. B. B. B. Bill Murray characterizes our present setup as "Government by Bureaus, Bulletins and Bulldoze."-Henryetta, Olda,, Free-Lance. FARMING SEASON 2 WEEKS BEHIND FOR NORTH IOWA Above Normal Temperatures of Past Week Correcting . This Situation. DES MOINBS, (.1')--The farming season in North Iowa has fallen two weeks behind normal. Meteorologist C. D. Reed reported Wednesday, but above normal temperatures during the last week is correcting this situation. Snow disappeared over the entire state, Reed said, the frost left the ground, and pastures have "turned green," particularly in the south part of the state. Winter wheat, he reported, is "looking good," considerable clover and grass was seeded during the week, gardens are rounding into shape, while in southern Iowa farm field work was started generally.^ Some oats seeded in March fancd to germinate, Reed said, but have been reseeded mostly. The meteorologist also reported that chinch bugs are beginning to appear in some southeast Iowa counties where the infestation is considered to be the heaviest and that hog cholera was reported in a "good many eastern counties." Unpaid Volunteers Aid to Weather Man A . complete picture of North American climate is possible only because of the great mass of fundamental facts furnished by 5,000 volunteer weather observers. Each unofficial observer, says W. R. Gregg, chief of the weather bureau, really runs a small field station, at no expense to the government, except for the few instruments and blank forms used. This system of augmenting official weather records began in 1891, when the newly created weather bureau was charged with the duty of "taking such meteorological observations as may be necessary to establish and record climatic conditions in the United States." The cost of maintaining thousands of. stations to make these observations all over the country was prohibitive. Dead Animals OF ALL KINDS REMOVED Mason City Rendering Co. We ray Phone Calls Carl M. Sheimo AUCTIONEER Farm Solas a Specialty Phone IS or 6002, Fertile, Iowa WE WANT YOUR WOOL ANY QUANTITY -- ALL GRADES It will pay you to bring your wool to us. We pay more money, as there is no expense for handling. For Safe: New Wool Sacks, each 40c Large Quantity of Wool Twine, Ib 15c Inc. 308 Fifth Street S. W. Lake. The agriculture department issued a "cease and desist" order against 11 packers. Wonder if one of those things would be available to the taxpayers. -- Indianapolis Star. meeting. She will discuss the importance of organization and an educational program in relation to community development. All township chairmen, publicity chairmen, local leaders, music and health chairmen and 4-H club leaders are invited to be present. although the boys said it was rather hard work. Do you have any social' gatherings in your neighborhood that all feel free to attend? We have the ladies aid and occasionally some gathering at the schoolhouse in Swaledale. What is your chief source of income? Do you budget it? There is no chief source. That varies. Diversified fanning is the only solution. We see to it that we have a steady income the year around. Our slogan is '"Pay as you go." The only thing a fanner may go in debt for is to buy a home. A farmer must know at all times how he stands financially. USED MACHINERY I--I. H. C. F-20 Tractor, like new. 2--I. H. C. 10-20 Tractors. 1--J. D. Model "D" Tractor, 2--Oil Pull Tractors, priced right. 2--Fordson Tractors. 4--DeLaval Separators, 2--J. D. "GP" Tractors. Good condition. Several Used Gas Engines, cheap. Several Good Disk Harrows. Horse drawn. Several g o o d Corn Planters. Several good Horses. Cerro Gordo Implement Co. Phone 444 1.15 Eighth St. S. E. Will Keep Your Tractor Moving UNIFORM POSITIVE TRACTION ONE MAN CAN PUT THEM ON O Their unique X-SHAPED cross chains provide gripping traction equal to that provided by steel wheels equipped with steel lugs. SEE YOUR IMPLEMENT DEALER OR , Sieg-Mason City Co. 109-HI First Street S. E. Mason C»y, Iowa Mr. Hoover says fishing is merely a state of mind. Bet Mr. Roosevelt has a different idea. He'd promise the fish something.--Toledo Blade. FARMER Rain or Shine WEED BULL

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