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Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, March 10, 1937
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TWELVE MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, MARCH 10 · 1937 Better Farms · ,. Better Roads NEWS AND VIEWS OF INTEREST TO FARMERS THIS PAGE EDITED BY ARTHUR PICKFORD Better Social Life . .'.. Better Schools ALFALFA, CLOVER AND GRASS SEED AID IN EROSION Three Different Rotations of Crops Described by Linn Farmer. AMES -- Alfalfa, clover and grass pasture have a vital place in erosion-controlling crop rotations .of Herman Koch, Linn county farmer, who described in a radio talk given at Iowa State college the soil conservation practices being carried out on his farm. Koch, whose 240 acre farm is located in the soil conservation service Indian creek demonstration' area,, described three different crop rotation , systems which he uses, all directed at controlling soil washing. He . declared that sheet erosion is a "serious" problem in the Indian; Creek area. On 44 acres of the most rolling land on his farm Mr. Koch said he is using a'6-year rotation system: Two years of corn, 1 year of oats and 3 years of alfalfa. On 63 acres of less rolling land he, is using a rotation of corn; ,bats and clover. On another 70-acre tract, he is using a 5-year rotation: Two years of corn, 1 year of small grain, 1 year, of meadow and 1 year o£ pasture. In addition, Mr. Koch declared, he has 42 acres of permanent pasture, running along the creel; nearly the full length of his farm. ·"I like alfalfa as a crop," Mr. Koch said. "It makes good feed for the stock and brings a good market price. Dast yeai^ it was a more profitable crop than corn. Glover makes good hay, and like alfalfs adds nitrogen and humus to the soil." Grass, Mr. Koch found, is so effective in stopping erosion, that he is maintaining grassed waterways where several gullies were previ^ ously located. He conquered the gullies by filling them up with brush which' caught and held soil washing down from the uplands. FARM BUREAU NEWS * * * « » A Weekly Feature Depicting Activities of Cerro Gordo County Organization; ; . t Sale Dates Claimed Notice: A list of ' Sale Dates Claimed .will be printed each Wednesday on the Farm Page. There i ;is no charge for this service, and you are invited to make use of it. Just mail the date of your sate, the lime and place, and your name to the Globe- Gazette, attention J. B. Sealon, Mason City, la. March 11--Whrheim Sales Pavilion, Webster 'City, Horse and Mule Sale. March 12--12:30 p. m.--Ka- 'nawha Sales Pavilion, Market Day Sale, Kanawha, Iowa. H. Brumrmmd, auctioneer ana manager. March 12--12:30 p. m.--Clear Lake Auction Co., Live. stock auction, sales pavilion, Clear Lake. March 13--IVhrhcim Sales Pavilion, Webster City Market Day Sale. March 13--1 p. m.---Marvel Sales Co., livestock auction, Webster City, Iowa. March 15--12 noon--John C. Jindricli, P u b l i c Sale, Swalcdalc, Iowa. Ora Bay- · less, Auct. March 15--12:30 p. m., Jacob Hansen Public Auction, at . farm located 2 miles north of Hantontown on gravel road. Carl Sheimo, . Auctioneer. , March 15--George R. Sheridan closing out Farm Sale, Clear Lake. J. M. Robertson, Auctioneer. March 16--12:30 p. m.,-- Peter Brenno,. Public Sale, at farm located 1 mile east, . 1 mile south and /· pule cast of Hanlontoivn. Carl Sheimo, Auctioneer. March Iff--Viva Dyre Combination Sale, Route 2, Mason City. March 16--1 p. m.--Marvel Sales Co.; Horse anfl Mule auction, Webster City, la. March 17--Whrhelm Sales Pavilion, Webster City, Market Day Sale. March 17--11 a. m.---W. J. Murphy Sales Corp., livestock sale, Charles City, Iowa. March 17--11:30 a. m.-- Lund Sales stables. Horse - sale, on highway Nu. 18, just cast of Mason City. March 17--1 p. m.--Marvel Sales Co., Livestock' Auction, Webster City, Iowa. March 18--11:30 a. m.-- Lund. Sales Stables, cattle, hogs and sheep sale 01: ' highway No. 18, just cas: of Mason City. March 18--12 a, m.--Garner Sales Co,, Inc., sales pavilion at highways No. 18 and 69. March 19--11 a. m., Oswald Strand Horse Sale, Manly, Iowa. J. R. Horsey, Fred Rowan and Carl Sheimo, Auctioneers. NEED GOOD SEED IN'37 PROGRAM Success of Conservation Depends on Farmers' Selection. The success of the agricultural conservation program .this year will depend to a considerable extent on the farmer's selection and use of seed, according to information received by Andrew N. Olson, county .Agent, from Joseph F. Cox, AAA; agronomist. "Last summer officials ot the Triple A urged farmers ,to do everything they could to assure local supplies of grass and legume seeds for use in 1937," said Mr. Cox. "Recent field reports indicate that moi-e than the usual number of farmers harvested and stored seed for. their own use and for distribution through local trade channels. Farmers probably will put in a good many acres of emergency forage crops such as soybeans, cowpeas, Sudan grass, sorghums, and so on. There's a good supply of these crops. This fact, coupled with the increased farm supply of grass and legume seed and the Canadian imports, means we will have enough good seed to increase our acreage of soil conserving crops'in 1937. "Farmers will find i t ' t o their advantage, because of seed shortage, to exercise special care in buying seed, in preparing seedbeds and in planting," Mr. Olson said. "By use of good methods, farmers can make their seed supplies go much further with much better results and at much less cost: It will pay to look into this problem with care. Another important thing is the selection of adapted seed." . The supply of domestic seed is being supplemented by imports of well-adapted clover,- alfalfa, and sweet clover seed from Canada,enough to plant one-half to one million acres. This seed is stained 1 per cent violet as required by the federal seed act. Other imported seed is not adapted to Iowa. FAIt.M BUREAU OFFICERS R. M. Hall . .'. President R. A. Ludeman .. Vice President S. A. Mathre .. · Secretary Shirley S. Stanfield Treasurer FARM BUREAU DIRECTORS Grant Howard Cash. Clear Lake Lincoln.. Irving Ashland, Clear Lake lame Creek. .Leslie VanNole, Mason City Falls Paul H. Matzon, Mason City Clear Lake Waller Wood, Clear Lake Lake A. H. Steii, Clear Lake Mason Elfior £. Haiglll. Mason City Portland Paul Spoils. Nora Springs Union rt. F. Miner, Clear Lake Mount Vcmon..J. C. Oehlctrt, Clear Lake Bath Cecil El. Avisc, Rockweli Owen F. L. Thompson, Rockfurd Grimes. Hlchard James, Thornton Pleas. Valley..Clarence Ulum. Swaledale Gcncaeo Frank Kirk, Rockwell Dougherty .' ' Barney Dougherly, Dougherty HOME PROJECT CUAIKJIAN Grant......-Mrs. Ernest Carr, Clear Lake Lincoln, Mrs. Irving Ashland, Clear Lake Lime Creek ...Mrs. Peter Frahm, Mason City Palls Mrs. Martin Hendrickson, Nora Springs Clear Lake . Mrs. Elmer' Nelson, Clear Lake Lake Mrs- flcn Skadcland. Clear Lake Mason Mrs. George Holt, Mason City Poitland ...... .. , ..Jilrs. A. B. Brockett. Nora Springs Union Mis. Hugh Strain. Ventura MU Vernon. ...: Mrs. J. R. Richardson. Clear Lake Bath Mrs. Cecil Avlse, Rockwell Q\vcn.. ...Mrs. John Curran. Mason City Grimes Mrs, Carl Floy. Thornton Pleasant Valley jVIrs. Clarence Hawson, Sheffield Gencsco.. .Mrs. Will Brum, Sheffield Dougherty. . Mrs. E. G. Dougherty. Dougherty County Home Project Chairman Mrs. E. P. DeGraw. Mason City Chairman Boys' Club Committee Earl M. Dean. Mason City Chairman Girls' Club Committee Mrs. Earl M. Dean Publicity Commitlce-- R. M. Hall. Mrs. R. Furl el gh. Leigh Curran. Acting County Agent.. .Andrew N. Olson County Cliib Agent..... .Paul Henderson Home DemonstraUon Agent. Florence ZolHnger Office Assistant Gcnevlcve M. Smith Office 213 Federal Bid?.. Mason City EVEN CALIFORNIA HAS DRAWBACKS, SAYSAJ.AVERY Mason City Farmer Tells of Experiences on Trip West. EDITOR'S NOTE: The follow- i n g ' l e t t e r from. A. BI. A very will lie of Interest to North lowaus. Mr. Avery, a well known long: time resident of Cerro Gordo county, accompanied by Mrs. Avery, is visiting: relatives in California. Convenient on Farm lived in densely populated communities. Other farmers in the area were compelled to be without electricity and without much opportunity for getting it in the future. Most of the townships in Cerro Gordo county have had meetings and committees have been set up and are making preliminary surveys. ' At the Lakeside church in Union township, a meeting will be held on Thursday evening, March 11 at p. m. for Union and Clear Lake townships: ELECTRIFICATION IS BEING STUDIED Mass Production of Low Cost Lines Are Contemplated. By County Agent. President Roosevelt and congress provided;a 10 year program p. m. :o make power and light available to rural territory at a cost which will make it profitable to use. .Technical and financial problems have delayed farm electrification in the past. Major difficul ties being excessive first cost o building power line extension and high electric rates. Mass construction of s i m p 1 standardized low cost lines de signed for rural areas results i low cost construction. Federal financing facilities now make it possible to get funds for building electric lines at low interest rates and long time payments. Funds Not Grants. The funds are not grants in the usual sense, but are loans that have to be repaid out of the earnings of the powei-i line. Security for the loan is the line itself and its revenues. No farmer needs to mortgage his farm or any of his property. No member of a co-operative electrification project is liable for the debts of another member. The individual member is liable only for the electricity he uses. The loan covers the entire cost of the line, including transformer and meters. The co-operative will buy its power at wholesale rate from a generating station and resell to its members or consumers on the new line. The difference between the wholesale cost and the retail rate Wil! pay all costs of the line, such as Interest, insurance, taxes, maintenance; operating and repayment of the loan. To Bring- Eleclriotiy. The power lines are planned to bring electricity to every possible consumer in the area. In the past electric power has been available only to large users or those who MEETINGS [terns on Gatherings of Farm Organizations. Lincoln township Farm Bureau vill meet at the Anderson school on Friday evening,- March 12. A. W. Wolf, FDA supervisor, will be in Cerro Gordo county Monday, March 15. The meeting will be held at the courthouse at 1 John C. Galloway, farm management demonstrator, extension service, will hold a meeting at the Farm Bureau office on Thursday, March 18, at which time those keeping farm records will be given assistance. These who are completing 'records for last year are asked to come in the forenoon anc new men wishing to start records at 'this time are asked to come in the afternoon. A district office managemen conference, 1 for Farm Bureau of fice assistants, county agents, club agents and home demonstration agents, will be held at the civi service room, Federal building Friday, March 19, beginning at 11 a. m. County agent's programs ar given every week day at 1:15 p. m. Tune in on these programs over station KGLO. Cerro Gordo county appears on Friday of each week. On Friday, March 12, Andrew N. Olson, county agent, will give a talk; on Friday, March 10, Reuben Hall will .talk and on Friday, March 26, F. W. Stover will have charge of the program. By A. M. AVERY. . GLENDALE, Cal.--It is many years now since you and 1 used to attend Farmers' Institutes together; and 1 have often thought of a statement which you once made in an address before the farmers as regards Iowa as an agricultural state. It was this: "A man can drop down on almost any quarter section of land in Iowa, take of£ his coat and go to work and make a decent living." Since then, I -have traveled through every county in the state --through most of them many times, and I would be willing to say that if-you would qualify this statement just a bit, I would agree with you. But all states are not like Iowa. Most of them have their attractive features. California is no exception; and as winter approaches it is quite natural for many Iowa people to begin to, think of. "the land of sunshine" where it is said "living is better." Not as Good as Iowa. Mrs. Avery and I left home on Jan. 14. Having made the trip several times, we of course knew that we would travel through many miles of country where it would be very difficult for even a good Iowa farmer to make a living even on several quarter sections of land. However, it is often surprising to learn of what is being produced in apparently baren country. For instance, in the vicinity of Pichie, Okla., there is nothing attractive to a farmer; yet, perhaps nowhere in the United States is more zinc produced than in that locality. Again, in Texas, while driving through what might be considered a land with but little value, we were again surprised to learn that at Douglas is one of the largest copper mines in the United States. They riot only produce millions of pounds of copper but cover thousands of tons of commercial acids from the fumes. I recall on a former trip when we visited the Boulder Dam, then und»v construction, we were told' that the mountains there were rich in various ores awaiting development of electricity at the dam vhen mining will become active. See "Golden Queen." Just recently we have been tour- ng the Antelope Valley and while near the Majave desert we visited 'The Golden Queen" mine where Lhe mines have yielded many millions of gold and are still going strong. I trust that I am learning not to be too critical of any man's country. While we did not experience a real Iowa blizzard on the trip, we followed very closely one i of the most damaging sleet storms in the history of Oklahoma, extending clear across, the state and doing very heavy damage. We also had a Texas sand storm and for me prefer our Iowa blizzards. Not so cold of course, but though the car was tightly closed, everything inside ttte car, including ourselves, was covered with a thick coating of fine sand. It was necessary to have the lights on and to drive very carefully. California Colfl. California, as you no doubt know, has just experienced one of the coldest winters in her history. Heavy losses have been suffered Lime Corn Land to Boost Legumes If a small grain crop and a legume are to follow corn, an application of ground limestone on the land after it has been plowed and before the corn is planted, or after the corn is up, will insure a good crop of alfalfa, sweet clover or other legumes the following year, declares J. B. Peterson, of the soils department. Iowa State college.' Limo should never be applied before the land is plowed. If applied before corn planting time it may be worked into the soil through discing and harrowing. If applied after the corn is up, cultivation will mix it thoroughly into the soil where it will gradually neutralize sou acidity. As a general rule, lime should be applied to acid soil not less than three or four months before the leguminous crop is to be grown. Seventy-five per cent of the Iowa soils are acid, Mr. Peterson asserts. The eastern half, and the south central and southwestern parts of the state are particularly in need of lime; often as much as 2 to 4 tons an acre. Farmers in doubt about the heed of applying limestone to their soil, or the amount to apply or where to apply it should sec their county agent. "The soils department at Iowa State college will also test samples of soil as to lime needs free of charge. The lavatory shown above, located on a closeil-in back porch also equipped as a laundry room, is one of the convenient labor and time saving improvements that may be installed in the farm home that lias a water system. This lavatory, however, shows .1 common fault; it is too low for comforlable use. According to extension aerl- cullural engineers and home economists at Iowa State college, farm families value a pump and pressure system second only to an adequate, pure wafer supply. Many arc finding that water systems may be installed either completely or a step at a time at reasonable cost. Information on such installation may be obtained from C. H. Van Vlack, extension agricultural engineer. 100 HEAD GOOD HORSES FOR SALE AT OUR OFFICE TERMS TO RESPONSIBLE PARTIES Clear Lake Grain Co. Phone .23 ' , FARM BUREAU EXCHANGE Members are asked to consult , Farm Bureau office for ad vertising rates on this column. FOH SALE: Durpc brood sows, farrow in April. Shorthorn bull 2 years old. Axel Anderson, Mason City. Timothy seed tested, clean, high germination. Cut from pasture mixture. Contains alfalfa and clover. Priced right. George Hitzhusen, Cartersville. Polled Hereford bulls. Golden King seed corn. William McArthur, Mason City. Prevent Roup With Use of Green Feed Supplying poultry flocks with green feed in the winter months is a problem. Nutritional roup, caused by an absence of vita-' min A, may 'be largely checked if poultry keepers will properly supplement their grain and mash rations with green feed, . declares H. L. Wilke, head of the department of poultry husbandry, Iowa State college. Nutritional roup may be distinguished from the infectious form by nodules which form in the membranous linings of the mouth and esophagus ot the bird. However, both the nutritional roup, caused by a deficiency of green feed in the ration, and infectious form/often re- suiting from colds, produce swollen eyes and result in discharges. The lack of vitamin A also causes poor fertility of eggs, very serious if eggs are to be used for hatching. Alfalfa meal or alfalfa hay may be used to supplement the ration. The h'ay should be fed in racks or tied in bunches from the ceiling o£ the poultry .house so that it is suspended about one foot from the floor. Sprouted oats may be fed for green feed provided they are actually in the green stage. Cod liver oil is also valuable in supplying vitamin A. by citrus growers, also by growers of truck crops. Perhaps in no part of the state have losses been heavier than in the Imperial Valley, They have been so frost free down there that they had made no preparation to protect their crops and so were practically helpless. Farther north, in the . Pomona district, which is considered the center of the citrus fruit belt, they were better prepared--as evidenced by the dense "smudge" which obscured the sun for many days, making it necessary to drive with lights on during the day anywhere in the -citrus district. But at best, it was only possible to save a part of the crop--estimated to be about 50 per cent-and was very expensive as the period of cold weather was so long. Those who have lived here for some time complained about the cold weather although to us few degrees below freezing hardly seemed cause for complaint. The Antelope Valley. For a number of days recently the mercury has stood'around 75 at midday and the people appear to be happy again. Our trip up into the Antelope Valley was interesting. Tn extent it is about 60 by 80 miles. Only a small percent of 'the land is developed and I presume much of it can not be used until ways are found whereby water may LQ made more available. However, much alfalfa is being produced there which has found ready sale at. from $20 to §27.50 a ton a t the ranch. It is trucked to Los Angeles .largely and fed to dairy cattle, used to supply dairy products to that and other coast cities. I am told that at Hines, a point about 10 miles from Los Angeles, there are 10,000 dairy cattle. The time will no doubt come when the cattle will be moved to near where the hay is produced and their product transported to the cities rather than the present method. nruch Building:, There appears to be much building activity. I am told that building permits in Los Angeles have been averaging about 1,000 per month this winter. We stopped at a new subdivision here in Glendale recently where there were 73 houses now under construction. Building restrictions require that the minimum cost must be at least .S4.000 exclusive of cost of lot. Wherever one goes lie will note new buildings either recently completed or in the making. As 'we expect soon to be trek- ing, back to good old Iowa, if you will use your influence with the weather man so that the change from what we are enjoying here may not be too marked I am sure we will appreciate it. SKINNING SKILL Fur pelts poorly prepared are worth only three-fourths the price those skins would bring if properly stretched and fleshed, according to B. T. Ostenson, Michigan Slate college. A skin should be peeled rather than cut off the body. The less a knife is used the better, as slips occur even when care is exercised. Any fat or muscle adhering to a skin should be removed immediately. FOR SALE ANGUS BULLS DeWitt .Mallory . 4 Miles Southeast ot HAMPTON, IOWA PUBLIC SALE! The following property will be sold at public auction in S WALED ALE, IOWA Monday, March 15 Commencing at 12 o'clock noon: HORSES -- LIVESTOCK -- MACHINERY 80 HEAD OF HORSES--Consisting mostly of young; horses.from 2 to 8 years old. Several good brood marcs in foal. One mare with suckltnff colt 2 weeks old. These horses arc all domestic raised and of exceptional quality. 30 CATTLE--Consisting of steers, heifers and cows. Some Ne^y and Used Machinery Terms--Cash, or arrange with clerk for credit. Lunch Served at Sale Barn l)y Catholic Ladies Aid. JOHN C. JINDMHH- Ora Baylcss, Auctioneer National Bank of Thornton, Clerk Drivea2-CYlinder,a4-CviindBr and a 6-CvlinderTrQctor its I PORK SELLS HIGH Penn's Ben, the Pennsylvania State college barrow proclaimed grand champion of the International Livestock Exposition, ·weighed 270 pounds and sold to the Brevort Hotel in Chicago for 70 cents a pound, bringing a total of $189. IfevMe "70 a. "6" Swift's Baby Chicks mature fast and lay early because they're from healthy, carefully-culled breeding: flocks. Every egg that goes into a Swift incubator is individually inspected for size, shape, quality, cleanliness, and shell texture. * Big eggs mean big chicks . . , and big chicks mean a good start in the production of large, healthy pullets which in turn will lay big tegs. THEY ARE HEADY FOU YOU NOW "Why Jo I like my 6-cyIimlcr Oliver Row Crop "70" tractor? "Well, take it once around the field and you'll find out! "No, you don't have to crank it. Just push tha t self-starter button, that's all. Notice how quietly and smoothly you ride. Real comfort! And you 6-cylinder general-purpose tractor, get more vork done, too. "Then notice the POWEK you have, and I can tell you something about that. This "70" H-G* (high compression) hums regular gasoline and you cover a lot of ground w i t h a gallon of fuel. Here's the control lever for the variable speed governor. You can set it to give full power for plow- in», or you can cu t down ihemotot speed ant] -step up into a higher gear when you're cultivating ot doing light work. That governor is one of the greatest little fuel savers in the world today. Raise the tools by hand? J should say not; this lever here operates the power lift." Drive a 2-cylinder, a 4-cylinder and then let us demonstrate the Oliver Row Crop "70", the only The Oliver Row Craft "70" K-I) is ecannmi. cnl, uxing kernscna or distillate, Bnth M-Cmirf K-D models put big potver on the drViiar, f f 6 Cylinders ^J Sinootli, Quiet Power © Self-Starter O Implement Po^ver Lift Q Variable Speed Governor © Finger-tip Control 1 S W I F T C O M P A N Y H A T C H E R Y . , . Order Your SWIFT BABY CHICKS today Farm Equipment Supply 722 SOUTH FEDERAL AVE. P H O N E 1056

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