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:* FOURTEEN MASON.CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, MARCH 24 · 1937 Better Farms . . .Better Roads NEWS AND VIEWS OF INTEREST TO FARMERS THIS PAGE. EDITED BY ARTHUR PICKFORD Better Social Life . . . Better Schools ;· i .-! It C' TAMA COUNTY IS AAA GUINEA PIG FOR NEW PLAN Purpose to Establish Farm Soil Conserving Goal for Each Farm AMES -- Tama county became the guinea pig of the AAA when county officials, Iowa State college . representatives, . and' Claude Wickard, regional director o£ the north central state agricultural conservation program," ironed out legal details at Ames last week. A conservation program developed by Tama county farmers and adopted overwhelmingly in a referendum vote has been approved by AAA officials in Washingtori and will be put into effect in place o£ the 1937 regional program. (Only signature of the secretary of' agriculture remains to be affixed to the plan).'. ' ·: ;The same amount of federal benefit money that the county would get-under the regional program will be available under the experimental plan. A soil conserving goal will be established for each farm. The goal takes into consideration the topography, crop rotation, credibility and fertility of the soil. The farmer will be paid for each acre he has in soil conserving crops on the farm in 1937 up to his goal. FARM BUREAU NEWS * * : 4 4 L * A Weekly Feature Depicting Activities of 'Cerro Gordo ^__ County Organization. The Goal Is Set. goal set is the minimum \ acreage of soil conserving crops that a farmer should keep on his farm from year to year. It is felt by the Tama county people that this feature 'of. their program is especially desirable because it permits individual farm adjustments in accordance with the soil conditions on each farm. Tlae whole problem of soil depleting bases and limitation to a 15 per cent diversion from such a base, the backbone of the regional program, has been done away with. Washington officials have .cooperated with the local people in the development of this program in every way possible. The broad purposes of the program are to try alternative methods which the farmers think will work better than Washington proposals. If these new methods prove their merits, they will be adopted in the « ( larger programs. - - . . " I t " a l l began last January when the regional program, was shaping up. Tama county farmers felt that the regional program did not fit their needs exactly and wanted to ( write their own docket. Letters were sent to the secretary of agriculture and other Washington officials asking permission to make out a program to suit the county's particular needs. W a s h i n g t o n representatives came out and explained the difficulties which would be encountered in the formation, adoption and execution of such a plan. Made Trip to Washington. But the Tama county farmers knew what they wanted and went after it. Robert Lyoh, county chairman, Burns Byram, county agent, and Walter Wilcox, agricultural economics adviser from Iowa State college, made a trip to Washington' to confer with officials there. The plan was approved and sent back for approval in township referenda. Farmers waded through mud or came by horseback because of impassable roads to the first township referendum meetings held about two weeks ago. Ninety-eight per cent of those in attendance at the first meetings favored the proposed plan. Since that time, the rest of the townships h a v e stamped their overwhelming approval on the new docket. Walter Wilcox said the program is getting into action as fast as the regional program. It's the best example of "economic democracy" we've ever had, he said. WOOL GROWERS ARE ORGANIZING County Agent Olson Calls Attention to Advantages of Organization. Wool, like other farm products, usually brings the lowest price when the new crop comes on the market and supplies are largest. This fact is shown by the average price of wool during the 10 years from 1927 to 1936. For that reason A. N. Olson, county agent, is urging Cerro Gordo County wool producers to market through the Iowa Sheep and Wool Growers' association. . , According to · information received from C. W. McDonald, extension animal husbandman who is serving temporarily as fieldman for the association,' the , average price of wool at shearing time during the past 10 years ranged around 34 cents a pound. 'After July the average price started to rise, reaching a high point of more than 37 cents during the fall and winter months. Plans Wool Pool. The Cerro Gordo County Wool Growers' association is planning a county wool pool this year. Wool will be pooled and shipped to the warehouse of the state association in Des Moines. Farmers can save freight by pooling wool from this county and shipping it together. Farmers who wish to sell through the state pool may ship direct to the Iowa Sheep and Wool Growers' association in Des Moines which will pay the freight and deduct it from the advance payment. Will Be Graded. Wool will be g r a d e d and weighed at the state warehouse and final settlement will be made on the basis of this weight. The association will send sample lots to the National Wool Marketing association in Boston, of which it .is a member. The natianal association will sell the wool to the mills on the basis of the samples and the state association will ship direct to the mills, thus saving more freight and-warehousing charges. An advance_ payment... will . be made to farmers who pool their wool on the basis of the grade and current market price. After the vvool is sold by the national asso- iation and final settlement is made with the state association, he individual farmer will receive his final payment next winter. Nutrition Course to Be Given in County Phase four of the home! projec' Nutrition course will be given in Cerro Gordo county as follows Ma son-For Hand on Tuesday, Apri 6; Union-Mount Vernon on Wednesday, April 7; Lake-Lincoln on Thursday, April 8; Lime Creek Falls on Friday, April 9, and Grant-Clear Lake on Saturday April 10. This is the last lesson i the fourth year Nutrition cours and takes up improved methods o cooking meats. ' Boys 4-H Club Heads , Will Meet on Frida; A meeting of boys' 4-H clu leaders arid members of the 4-" corn club will be held on Frida evening, March 26, at the .Farm Bureau office. E. S. Dyas of tK extension service will be presen and will discuss hybrid corn. It hoped that all leaders and mem bers of the corn club will be pres ent. ·J Used Machinery Reconditioned One and Two Row Cultivators. Several Good Used Grinders 2--Good Fordson Tractors, cheap. Some Good Used Corn Planters. Reconditioned Disc Harrows. Reconditioned Tractor and HOMO Plows. 1--Model "A" Tractor. 1--1 Vz Horse.Power John Deere Gas Engine. 2--10-20 McCormick- Deering Tractors, cheap.. · 2--John Deere Model D T r a c t o r s , reconditioned. CERRO GORDO IMPLEMENT CO. Phone 444 115 Eiphth St. S. E. Home Project Women Meet Near Rockwe ROCKWELI^-At the home Mrs. O. E. Mullen southeast town the. "Home Project" wome met wtih Miss Florence Zollinge for an all day meeting. They stud ied Modern Trends in Bread Bak FARM BUREAU EXCHANGE Members are asked to consult Farm Bureau office for advertising rates on this column. FOR SALE--Purebred Perch- eron stallion, excellent pedigree, sound, gentle and broke. John T. Fenton, Rockford. FOR SALE -- Spotted Poland brood sows, farrow in April. R. G. Schumacher, Thornton. FOR SALE --Polled Hereford bulls. Golden King seed corn. William McArthur, Mason City. FOR SALE -- Timothy seed, tested, clean, high germination. Cut from Pasture mixture. Contains alfalfa and clover. Priced right. Also 3 good horses. George Hitzhusen, Cartersville. FOR SALE -- Stewart sheep shears, nearly new. Herman Ginapp, Rockwell. WANTED -- Sheep shearing. Clint Stevenson, Route 3 Phone 5-13. FARM BDBEAU OFFICEES M. Hall President A. Ludeman Vice President A. Matbre Secretary tih-ley S. Stanfleld Treasurer FABM BUREAU DIRECTORS rant Howard Cash, Clear Lake ncolti Irving Ashland, Clear Lake ime Creek..Leslie VanNote. Mason,City Us ...Paul H. Matzen. Mason City ear Late Walter Wood, Clear Lake ke. A. H. Stcil, Clear Lake ason Elgar Z. Haleht, Mason City ortJand .Paul Spotts, Nora Springs nion R. F. Minor, Clear Lake mint Vernon. .J. C. Oehlert, Clear Lake ath Cecil H. Avise. Rockwell wen.. F. L, Thompson, Rockford rimes. .Richard James, Thornton eas. Valley..Clarence tJlum. Swalcdale eneseo Frznk Kirk, liockwell oughcrty ,.. - . -Barney Dougherty. Dougherty HOME rnojEcr CHAIRMAN rant -Mrs. Ernest Carr. Clear L,lke .ncoln, Mrs. Irving Ashlnnd, Clear Lake ime Creek ..Mrs. Peter Frahm, Mason City alls i Mrs. Martin Hendrickson, Nora Springs Icar Lake ...:-. . .-^.. ..Mrs. Elmer Nelson, Clear Lake ·ake...,Mrs. Ben Skadcland, Clear Lake iison Mrs. George Holt, Mason City octland ,. ...Mrs. A. B. Brockett, Nora Springs nion Mrs. Hugh Strain, Ventura LL Vernon Mrs. J. R. Richardson, Clear Lake ith ...Mrs. Cecil Avlse, Rockwell \ven.... .Mrs. John Curran, Mason City rimes Airs. Carl Floy, Thornton 'leasant Valley Mrs. Clarence Rawson. Sheffield ..eneseo Mrs.'Will Bruns. Sheffield Dougherty- : --·-. .Airs. E. G. Dougherty, Dougherty ounty Home Project Chairman Mrs. E. P. DeGraw. Mason Clty hairman Boys' Club Committee.. Earl M. Dean. Mason City Chairman Girls' Club Committee Mrs. Earl M. Dean ublicity Committee-. M. Hall. Mrs. R- Furlclgh. Leigh Curran. , cling County Agent.. .Andrew N. .Olson ounty Club Agent., Paul Henderson ome Demonstration Agent Florence Zollinger flice Assistant Gcnevjeve M. Smith ftice. 213 Federal Elds.. Mason City ng; lesson- three, course four, here were 14 present. They dis- ussed special features for achieve- nent day, the music recognition est and many other important oints to be considered in putting p an exhibit. The noon-day meal was served y the hostess and guests and con- sted of Norwegian filled cabbage, mato jelly salad, southern spoon rn bread, graham cracker roll, g pudding and beverage. udd Bureau Program for March 30 Planned RtTDP -- The Rudd township arm Bureau will meet Tuesday vening, March 30,. at the -E. R. artz home at 8 o'clock. E, R. artz will talk on "State and Na- onal Farm Bureau Association ctivities." County Agent W. H. rown will discuss "Exports and mports," as to how they affect armers. The program committee, . H. Bartz and A.'V. Adams, will repare music and social activities. Due to road and weather condi- ons no meeting was held in Febuary; so the "Landscaping and Vindbreak" feature from Sherman lursery will be presented. GRANGE ISSUES VIEWS ON COURT Doubts Wisdom of Granting Power to President to Enlarge Court. The attitude of the Grange, large farm organization, on the president's court proposal, is outlined in a statement by National Master Louis J. Taber, appearing in a recent edition of the National Grange Monthly. The statement was issued upon authorization of the masters of state Granges throughout the nation by a recorded vote of 4 to 1. It is also in accord with the general policy adopted by the National Grange at its annual session at Columbus, Ohio. Master Taber's statement folio WE r "The recent message of the president to the congress, with reference to the federal courts, raises questions of vital and far- reaching importance to the American people as a whole. All will agree that any proper and constructive steps that can be taken to eliminate delay, reduce costs and improve judicial procedure in the inferior federal courts should have general support. To this extent we are in accord with the views expressed by the president. "The proposal relative to the supreme court is one on which there are grave differences of opinion. The supreme court sits as a unit. Therefore the mere enlargement of personnel cannot increase either its speed or its efficiency. We doubt the wisdom of giving to any president of the United States, at any time, the right to change the size of the court because of the age of its members. "We ask that these propositions be submitted to congress in separate bills: To the end that the citizens of the United States may have full and ample opportunity, through their chosen representatives or by constitutional amendment, 1o express their opinions on a matter of such vital import." STUDY MADE OF 1,600 FARMS ON SOIL OPERATION Only 10 Per Cent Reduction in Crop Under Normal Conditions. AMES, (IP)--Walter W. Wilcox:, Iowa . State ·· college agricultural economist, announced Wednesday results of a study of 1,600 Iowa farms which he said indicated "soil conservation does not mean reduced crop production in Iowa." Wilcox said the 'survey showed that with normal weather conditions farmers who ' meet the requirements of the government's farm program will not reduce total grain production by more than 10 per cent. Hay and pasture will be increased sufficiently, he said, to about offset' the seduction in grains. In other words, he added, Iowa will continue to_.produce_ about the same number of "total feed units." Much Concern Felt. "Much concern has been felt," the economist stated, "by dairy and beef cattle breeders during the establishing of the corn and hog program, feeling that the curtailment in concentrates and the rise of roughages promoted by the AAA programs would shrink hog herds and add to the number of cows that are kept in corn belt farms. "In the heart of the corn belt only a moderate increase in soil conserving crops is required in order to maintain soil resources. Since a moderate increase in hay and^pasture acreage will not decrease the total feed production nor change significantly the numbers and kinds of livestock that are fed and marketed from the corn belt, it follows that such a shift towards more grass will not influence appreciably either prices nor the income which corn belt farmers receive from the sales of feed grains and livestock. "Thus, an adjustment program planned to attain strictly soil conserving objectives will not result in higher livestock prices, because such a program does not curtail food supplies -and cannot hold down the amount of livestock fed. . Assures Feed. ' "Many farmers and farm leaders jelieve that a program which does a good job in conserving soil also will assure them of satisfactory iced and livestock prices. There is, lowever, no basis for this belief." The economist said experimental evidence shows that there is a wide range through which grain and roughage may be substituted for each other in the feeding of non-marketable livestock -- dairy cows, breeding and young cattle sheep, horses and Breeding sows-on Iowa farms. The evidence, Wilcox said, indicates that the range is sufficiently great so that a 10 per cent reduction in grain production and corresponding increase in hay anc pasture will not, in itself, have any significant effect on the na tional volume of hog production Confined to Farms. "The fattening of range cattl in Iowa is confined to a small pro portion of the farms and is a rath er highly specialized enterprise, he said. "Its shifts in magnitude depend "IT SEEMS TO ME" A Weekly Farm Page Presenting the Views of Representative North Iowa Farmers and Farm Wives on Important Economic Questions. By C. R. tAMSON How long- have you been a mail carrier? For 20 years. All of that time on a part of my present route and 12V4 years on the rest of it., How long since you abandoned horse' drawn vehicles? About three years. Roads are getting so much better than when I first drove (he route that I could not afford to keep a team the year around for the short time I needed them. So I use the car as long as I can -- sometimes only part way around and sometimes I walk part way or hire some one to take the part where a car can not go. Last week I walked three miles on part of my route to reach patrons where I knew a car could not go. Patrons are quite reasonable in helping me out and will come to a neighbor's box to get their mail until the road is passable. We do anyway to get the mail to them. I have walked five miles in one day. How loner is your present route and how much is gravelled? Thirty-three miles and all but 5% miles are gravelled. Would tiie money and labor that was spent in nuitclin? daihs across the Shell Rock river, in your locality, have been more beneficial to the public if it had been spent in making mail routes more passable and in improving secondary roads? Yes, I think it would; also In fixing side roads so that people could get out to the main roads or to the farm to market roads. \ In laying out a mail route, docs the postofficc department take- into consideration (he surface of the road and the number of persons to be served? I think not so 'much the surface of the road as the number of persons served. They.know the road will be fixed if it is made a part of rural route. On what is your compensation based? Our compensation is based on the number of miles in our route and no extra pay is allowed for extra miles travelled to serve the route. Sometimes I have had to o several miles in a round-about vay in order to reach a patron ut off by drifts or impassable mud. . ' : , , How Tielpful are "your patrons o you when roads are bad? They are very helpful to me vhen 1 roads are bad or when I need assistance and I- am truly grateful for it. Can you get help from the county officers? I have found the county officers In the counties I travel in, are very willing to fix the roads as fast as they can get to them, and according to the amount of money they have to use for that purpose. How do you get them started to :ix the roads? I first go to the postmaster and convince him that the road needs fixing and get his O. K. Then 1 start agitating with' the patrons and land owners and then we go and see the board of supervisors or the township trustees and get Rural Carrier U. S. Breeders Import More Purebred Horses Importations of horses from foreign countries increased greatly during the past year, according to 'a report by the United States department of agriculture. There were 853 horses imported for breeding purposes in 1936, as compared with 419 in 1935 and 207 in 1934,'according to records kept by L. M. Dean, of the bureau of animal industry, who is responsible for certification of purebred animals for free entry under the More than 'four-fifths of the purebred horses imported were of the draft breeds. There were 469 Belgians, 117 Percherons, 103 Clydesdales and a few each of 4 other draft breeds. The largest number of these Imported horses of the light breeds xvere thoroughbreds, of which there were 69, followed by the hackney, represented by 44 animals. Importations of other livestock, as shown by the latest summary For 20 years,- through fair weather and foul, Q. R. Lamson has been the connecting link between farmers around Plymouth and Rock Falls and the outside world. Folks say he Is very dependable. He knows farming from the inside, having been born on a farm at Monlicello, Wis., in 1S87. He came to Cerro Gordo county in 1912, worked on a. farm and In a lumber yard and then took the job of delivering mail. One of his diversions is being a Boy Scout leader. Both Mr. and Mrs. Lamson are willing workers for community benefits. compiled by the bureau for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1936, show, a total of 15,366 head of all classes of purebred animals, which includes dogs and cats. This figure is nearly 42 per cent greater than the total importations of breeding stock for the same period in 1936 and 107 per cent greater than the total for 1934. Something Missing. A typical New York slum tenement will be reproduced "in every detail" in the nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as an exhibit for the coming conference on slum clearance. PresuMably the dirt and odors will be left to the imagination. -- Springfield Repub-' Kcan. Same Function. Ohio inventor devises a bell worn on the Adam's apple to wake up dozing drivers. St. Peter has been using a harp.--Dallas Journal. them to put that particular section of road on the list that is to be improved by the county board of road control. We get the county engineer on our side if we can and get him to O. K. it. We are sure of one. thing and that is we won't get anything if we don't ask for it. However, roads are very much better than they were 20 years ago. Fruit Crop Not Hurt by Last Fall's Buds AMES, (/P -- J. C. Schilleter, Iowa state college horticulturist, said Wednesday he believed Iowa's 1937 fruit crop was not hurt appreciably by last fall's premature development of buds. Schilleter also discounted any harmful effects from this winter's ice sheet. "Many growers," the horticulturist said, "assumed the crop would be cut short because of the unseasonably warm weather and subsequent quick freezes which killed many of the buds." Fruit trees may be pruned any time now, Schilleter said. Raspberries and blackberries also can be thinned out now, he added. Grapes and shrubs soon, will be pruned by growers, the horticulturist said. on price relationships between finished and unfinished cattle and corn. If an adjustment is made in the grain and roughage fed to the present cattle in order to make a larger proportion of a reduced supply of grain available for hogs --increased hay and pasture production will be accompanied by a much smaller than proportional increase in young cattle. "A change in feed production of the proportions indicated will not, in itself, have any significance on the feeding of range cattle in Iowa. "It would appear that the farmers' interest In Iowa would be furthered by a clearer differentiation of the two objectives--production control and soil conservation--and of desirable methods of obtaining these objectives." The prize In the magazine contest that puts the question, "What would you do if you were given a million dollars?" may go to the Georgian who suggested "Count it"--Detroit News. Number of Milk Cows Has Decreased Since 1934, Report Shows WASHINGTON, (/P)--An agriculture department report showed Wednesday the country's milk cows had decreased from a record of 26,9,11,000 in 1934 to 25,040,000 this year,- decline of !,890,000 cows or 7. per cent. Average prices for cows advanced from $27 in 1934 to S50, the report said, and added that present prices were high enough to stimulate the raising of heifers. Milk production this month, was reported about the same as last year, and low in comparison with other recent years. The agricultural economics bureau said short fed supplies and low prices of dairy products, compared with prices of feeds and meat animals, tended to curtail production. The New Strategy. Woman's duty in another war is clear. She must don a gas mask and the new millinery and strike consternation in the heart of the ' foe.--Richmond Times-Dispatch. THE OLIVER ROW-CROP"70 Smoother Power-Less Vibration- Easier Riding- A Pleasure To Drive With Us six cylinders giving overlapping power -- and a decreased intensity pi individual power impulses -- the motor in the new Raw Crop "70" runs more smoothly and with less vibration than, a two or four-cylinder engine. You'll really enjoy driving it. There's less wear and tear on both driver and tractor, With finger-tip control -planting and cultivating equipment mounted in full view of the operator -- and plowing with two 14-inch bases, under ordinary soil conditions, at over 4 miles an hour -- -you'll get a big day's work done easier and quicker. There's more time left for other jobs -- more hours to Jive! There are two "7(ys" -- one operating most economii colly on 70 octane gasoline -- and the other on kerosene _ or distillafe -- neither a. combination makeshift. Come in and see these sensational new Row Crop "70Y' -- with a complete line o{ mounted Hating, busting, planting and cultivating 1056 FARM EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY 722 South Federal Phone ATTENTION MR. FARMER SAVE MONEY Have your old plow shares, corn planter, shoes and cultivator shovels reclaimed by the new Process Method at half the cost of new. · ALL WORK GUARANTEED · Economy Welding and Machine Works UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT South Commercial Ave. Phone 1020 Mason City Quick Dry Enamel's easy to apply, washable, durable. Many colors, qr. 95c Jiffy-Dry Varnish f o r woodwork or floors 79c per qt. , Wall Paints in 50 Different Colors . . . WALLPAPER Boomhower Hardware 1 1 3 North Federal Avenue / . , DON'T BUY SEED until you have had a chance to see the quality of our seed. Extra Special Fancy Minnesota Grown RED CLOVER $20 Per Bushel Eligible f o r S2.50 p e r acre -- Government practice payment. THURS., FRL, ONLY SAT. Fancy Minn. Grown White Blossom Sweet Clover The Best Soil U. Builder ond Worlds of Pasture Eligible for $1.00 p cr Acre--Government Practice Payment. SPECIAL FOR THURS., FRI., SAT. ONLY A GOOD PASTURE IS A Money Maker on Every Farm HOG PASTURE MIXTURE Lor 453, Bushel . $2.60 Buy Your Garden and Flower SEEDS NOW Over 700 kinds of seed to choose from at HENRY FIELD'S Mason City Sfore. THTJRS., FRI-, SAT. SPECIAL OFFER GARDEN SEED Per Packet 2c Good, But Cheap Permanent Pasture MIXTURE $6.00 Bu. Eligible for §1.00 , Per Acre Payment HENRY FIELD'S /- Inch Balanced Natural Tan HARNESS $59.50 Above prices are good at Mason City store only. SEED STORE Mason City 211 North Federal Ave.

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