The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on March 14, 1944 · Page 21
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 21

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 14, 1944
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F A R F A R M , M a r c h , 1 9 4 4 Published Monthly by the Mason City Globe-Gazette in the Interest of the Farm Industry and Rural Community Soybean Goals Being Met But Sugar Beet Acreages Still Must Be Signed; AAA Committeemen Have Tough Job to Do Work on the 1944 AAA goals is in full swing. Much of the work on row crop goals--including soybeans, the hardest nut to crack--has already been done. But the sugar beet acreage goals were announced belatedly in the middle of last week- The acre- ages are small compared to those for other row crops but the j selling job is apt to be considerably bigger comparatively. And it is easily understood why the farmers who have not been growing them each year are not anxious to start. The principal difficulty, of course, is that of labor. The day is rapidly approaching when the job can be done entirely by machinery, we believe, but to date a considerable amount of hand work is necessary in growing and getting a crop of sugar beets to the processing plant. But there are reasons, too, why some farmers are not only willing but anxious to plant beets. It is a profitable crop--i£ gvowu on the right type of soil, beets are a very profitable crop. And this year's support price is higher than any which has ever been paid for beets before: $12.50 a ton for roots of average sugar content. A. G. Quamme, manager of the Mason City plant of the American Crystal Sugar company, (where all the sugar beets from North Iowa and southern Minnesota are processed) estimates that the net profit on sugar beets in this territory will be between $50 and $GO an acre. And by net profit, he means net, after deductions -for labor, seed, fertilizer and even rent on the land. It takes pretty good corn to bring in that net return. And the beet grower can use land which was planted to corn last year. He also has beet tops and pulp for livestock feed. . . excellent feed, according to U. S. livestock experts and European farmers who have used it for many years. Mr. Quamme also called attention to another advantage of raising sugar beets in 1944. It is a crop which is not so much affected by price fluctuations as are the other agricultural products. When the war is over, it is reasonable to expect that prices of farm products will take a more or less severe cut But the drop in sugar beet prices will not be as severe as those of corn, soybeans, other grains and livestock. . . sugar beets will be one of the more profitable crops. When that day comes, the local plant manager suggested, farmers may be competing with each other for the contracts which guarantee that the sugar plant will take their beet crop. Remember, the chances are that the handling of the crop will be completely mechanized then. But in the post-war period, Mr. Quamme declared, contracts will be signed with those growers who have, a "history on the company's books." In plain language, if farmers grow sugar beets now, they will have a priority on the right to grow them when the war is over. Farmers wilt want to think about the matter before the AAA or sugar company representatives drive into the farmyard to discuss the matter. And that brings up another subject: Those who get the AAA work done are doing an outstandingly fine job, quite often with little thanks and much abuse. Naturally, what they do for agriculture in general they do .for themselves, too, since each of them is a farmer himself. But they spend much time on a job which they could refuse on the "Let John do it" basis. Of course, there might be some who would rather keep the job just now. The township committees have been given the job of rationing gasoline for off the highway use, that is, the gasoline which goes into tractors and stationary engines. Most of the committeemen probably would like to wash their hands of that ticklish job, however. There have been lots of complaints--by the farmers themselves--that off the highway gasoline has found its way into the cars which transport farmers and their families to and from town. We have no way of knowing whether the complaints had any justification--although it would be surprising if there were not at least one case to be found in the country as long as "it takes all kinds of people to make a world." The thought in giving the rationing job to the farmers themselves was that no one has quite as good a check on a man's patriotism and co-operation as his neighbors. They know him. The commitleemen have also the task of signing up the -intention sheets showing the acreages of the various crops which the farmer expects to plant on has farm. They have done an excellent job so far on soybeans. The farmers are not too anxious to grow beans, even at $2.04 a bushel, because the price does not compare very favorably with corn prices. That is aside from the fact also that the beans supposedly are not useable right on the farm like corn and oats. There has been some disposition, of course, to grind the beans and feed them during the protein shortage even though the practice does waste oil. But a preliminary check indicates that Cerro Gordo county's farmers at least are making their soybean goals. Probably the situation is not so very different in other North Iowa counties. For the Iowa farmer, in general, is as patriotic as any group in the nation and is intelligent enough to appreciate what all groups seemingly have not appreciated: That only complete co-operation in the war effort, even though it may involve some personal financial sacrifice, can get the lighting over in the shortest possible time. Admittedly, there are some who are unwilling to make any financial sacrifice or even to.risk one for the common good. Any county AAA chairman can name some. Those are the individuals who make a township committeeman's task decidedly unpleasant at times. Al Loveland, Iowa's AAA chairman, pointed out the other day while on a visit here in Mason City that the committeemen do have one satisfaction. "The greatest honor that ever has come to me was when my neighbors chose me for township chairman," he declared--that from a man who has climbed each' of the steps to the top, head of the state AAA program. But it is not difficult to appreciate what he meant. There certainly could be no more genuine honor than to have one's neighbors, those who know one best, demonstrate that they have confidence in one's ability and integrity.--T. }. J. CHICKEN RAISERS We hove for the .small chicken raiser as well as for the farmer brooder houses to answer the purpose. For the city raiser we have a 200 to 400 brooder that you can set in your back yard, garage or porch that will do the trick, drop in and see, after the 28th we will have chicks in it. WATCH THEM GROW UNDER. INFRARED RAY BULBS. FARMERS, don't wait too long before placing your order for your small buildings. This time of the year you want fully insulated houses. This cuts chick loss, cuts heat costs, and saves you many trips a day to the brooder house. You won't need to worry about even temperature. Our floors are double, no drafts through the floor or moisture to warp the floor boards. WE ARE LISTING SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT ARE SEASONABLE AND NOT TOO EASY TO HAVE IN STOCK. Adjustable ventilator and saddle for brooder houses. "NO PICK" insulation board for lining the brooder or chick house. Double Glazed sash that lets in pll the sun- lite, do not frost over. Electric Brooders, oil burners. . Electric Piggie brooders, insulated, built strong, two for the price of one. Save all the pigs. WOOD and STEEL TANKS. We are getting in a good supply, leave your order now. STEP, STRAIGHT AND EXTENSION LADDERS -- these items very scarce. KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, ETC. We build these to fit. Let us measure your requirements. In our shop we can repair anything "repairable." We are getting a few Hay Racks and wagon boxes ready, come in and see them. What about a buck rake for the tractor? We sold several last year. We will have the tapered teeth soon and the rest of the material is in stock. Would suggest that you do not wait until haying time to do this. We have plans for the BUCK RAKES. WE CAN BUILD THEM FOR YOU, TOO. HAVE A SMALL GRAIN (seed) mixer used for treating oats, etc. If you have a barn or hog house that is too WET come in and see us. We feel that we can dry up these buildings beyond your expectations. This kind of equipment is hard to get. If not satisfactory after installation we will take it out at no cost to you. Farmers, drop in to see us. We may be able to help you to get something that you are in need of badly. We'll try. WE HAVE A COMPLETE STOCK OF J. M. ASBESTOS SIDING SHINGLES. PHONE US FOR A FREE ESTIMATE ON YOUR JOB. NORTHERN LUMBER CO. 2nd St. S. E. Mason City, Iowa

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