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Hutchinson, Kansas
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SATURDAY, jutr 7, 1923 THE .HUTCHINSON NEWS. PAG!-: FIVti. Gus, Son of George and Martha How a Lusty Farm Youngster Made His Fortune in "the Fields of South Jersey Gus Is only his nickname, used by •lila Intimate friends. In the books of . the law he le called asnaraguB, ami cb.'mo connection with tlio famoui Washington family. How he has pulled a great Industry out of the mlro, whotted tho appetite of a nation, and given a now meaning to the-threadbare phrase, "(ho farmer's first dollar," seems worth ro-. counting. The best place XD get acquainted with Gus, or, If you prefer, Washington Asparagus, Is to visit him at the tremendous asparagus farms ol 3o- v «et>u C. Shoemaker, sometimes called the Asparnguo itKlng of New Jersey, at Brldgeton, Now Jersey. Shoemaker was a glaas^manufac- turer who started farming as a hobby. Then tlus came along, a foundling of the United States Department bf Agriculture, looking (or a guide, philosopher, and friend. Shoemaker and he were attracted to each other right away. Tho result was that hobby ran away with the glass business, after tho early manner of the dish with \the Buodn. ,- Shoemaker turned from maklnx glass to raising "grass." Two hundred and fifty to six hundred dollars an acre on averago soil Is tho kind of profit most faWmors only dream about. Ona". the precocious youngster: .from South Jersey, hitherto reckoned a land of buccaneers, rum runners', and summer hotel keepers, haa made U>ls dream couio true. Gus Gets a Start In Life Asparagus was probably considered one of the most succulent herbs In trte Garden of Eden byVdlim and Eve, BO it can hardly be called "one of these new-fangled notions.".U fs so old that even' tho^ortgln bf Its high; brow name caunot bo traced, Tho Greeks took the name along with the plant from some ^sialic nolEhhor, and parsed it on to tho Rtfrnnna, who grew asparagus weighing three stalka lo tho" pound—one of tho llnest table dellf-actea of the Caesars. No effort was made (o produce a really distinctive variety until about 10US, -^ri'hen the Department of Agrl- cultWn took it up. Asparagus has a natural, Im'placa- bio enemy, called asparagus 1 rust. This, rust got Into the country late In | not conupt that tb» Department of the laBt century, starting to raise : Agriculture begun Its experiments, havoc. It still does. It was to do- Galvanized Asparagus Telop an asparagus which rust doth 1 The . department found, in Now Joseph C. Shoemaker, godfather of Washington Asparagus, and : ' his crop. " England, an exceedingly male slant which resisted called him Washington, search began for a sultabli fine, hardy ^rust. They Then the e spouse for this giant. After experimenting wlth s f hundreds of female plants, gathered from all over the world, the ideal type wan hit upon, and naturally enough, named llartha Washington. Later other rust-roslstlng females were espoused by George.... GUB—or "Washington ABparagus—Is the progeny of these "unions. He has all tho admirable qualities of his parents, blended and Intensified, and Is naturally galvanized. In other words, he resists rusL Bhoemakor, farming experimentally as a counter Irritant to the glass business, heard about young Washington Asparagus Ave years ago. He had a thousand acros to play with. Tho soil was a rich aandy loam, with little gravel—Just what the Department of Agriculture recommended for Gus. Growing Money in Bunches Moat of the farmers were going broke, or' hanging on by their teeth, raising corn, potatoes, and other common crotis. Shoemaker, knowing nothing about farming, thought he couldn't do any better than the others with these crops. So ho decided to plunge on this n*jw asparagus. Fifty acres was to be the extent of the plunge. •Fifty acres IB not a great deal In terms of wheat land, but asparagus la not raised like wheat. The fifty acres have grown to 2Q0, and are still growing. Planting a Plantation - Hoot planting, at Hlvervlew Farms, Is a fascinating enterprise. They were putting fa the last roots this year Just as tho first stalks of asparagus from other roots wore being cut for market. The best of 'Shoemaker's asparagus was selling for one dollar a bunch, wholesale In tin New York market, and most of.that came back to Shoemaker. So putting in new roots, to grow money in bunches like that, would naturally be a fascinating enterprise. The way they planted at Hlvervlew Farms tonic quite a delegation. A patient mule dragged a marker .over the ground, already prepared as for potatoes or any ordinary crop. Alongside two tractors hauled tt plow, making a deep furrow on tho line tho marker had.Indicated. Then a wagon load of one-year-old large, prime roots, to replenish the supplies of small boys from llllle Italy-South Philadelphia —who drdppedf anil covered them In the now-turned furrow. After that another contraption on wheels, a patent distributor of fertilizer. Of course, all this can he simplified or complicated as the size of the plot demands. On a big rnrntr-200 acres In Washington Asparagus, and 800 more going to be—tlioy do things In a big way. Where Chicken's Are Hy-Products Across tile read the fathers of the hoys passed up and down tho obscure rows of producing roots, cutting the splendid, succulent Btalks. In/mld- season they work early and late, for asparagnn grows like tho proverbial mushroom. A new crop at line stalks waits harvesting every day, and eometlmes two cuttings a day are necessary on. every field. This season lasts, on the Shoemaker farm, from late April until early July. Then tho tops are allowed to grow, and the plant to revnperato tho strength dissipated In early cutting. It~«hoots up feathery branches, taller than a" man. Many of Ous' progeny grow to ho giants, 11 foet tall at two years of age. Thl3 foliage Is sprayed against the 'DS BIG FITS IN CHIC La Crosse Woman Gradually Increasing Scopyof Her Egg Business Too. Mrs. CHfrton Allien;, of near La Crosse, was tobf-by her relatives and friends that there was money In chjek- ens and that she*was well adapted to be a chicken raiser. In fact they told her the story so often that she bei llevod It too- I So three years ago she started. to \ raise White, Leghorns, purchasing her eggs Trom those whlo/h she Know were of^ high rank, Thut fail she kept one ; hundred -and fifty pullets. Within ! diko year she had sold two hundred '• and eighty one dollars worth of eggs and otic hundred and forty four dollars . and seventy five cents worth of clitok­ ens. That spring ahe purchased some eggs "of the" •J'ennsylvttiila Poultry Farms, 1.1UIB bringing up the standard Of her flock, During 1022 and up to March of 1S2.1 she had sold five hunrt- v red and thirty nine dollars and eighty two cents worth of eggs anil forty six dollars worth of chickens. Since that time her Bales tiro us follows: March, i 177.60, April, $119, M«y-*8l77. The , reason for tho variation of the amount of eggs sold is the price and the fact that in March and May alio used many : of them for setting. This gives her a jneLtotal of ono thousand two hundred ? anil, seventeen dollars and forty four '.cents from hor egga and chickens. I This does not Include her feed tout she •: says in tho summer thoir meat' is fried oJilckeu and ahe feels that those killed to fry and *hd eggs they hnvp used would pay for all their reod. At the •present her' flock numbers three hundred an* fifty.of two strains, "that of Tom Barron and'Dan Young. Also four huudrod and fifty little chicks. ty paying more\ attention to thoir cows, it is one of the sure signs of prosperity in the county. EGG PRODUCTION SHOtJLD FAIL OFF BUT LITTLE PRODUCING MORE CREAM r IN EASTERN COLORADO 1 Harry Clement, of Stoington, Baca icounty, Colorado, sold a cau of cream Ito tho Meridian station at that plaeo '•which brought lilm twenty-five dollars ' and "sixteen cents. His stub showed ; that he sold eighty-five pri'unda of [cream which tested sixty-six por cent, 'and ho received forty-six cents a }pound for his butter fat at that tilmo. (In tho interview wKh.God: Poyner, sta- jtlon operator, and division superintendent for th6 Meridian*Company, (for this division, /he stated that h fl Shad noticed a ra\>ld, growth in tho joream business ta the last few years. |MB . Poynir estimated that there was 15,000 worthy! cream sold in thla district In 1,921 Jtyl twice that amount in 11922. This included that ,-which was hlppod.a* wall,** what waa sold to be. local market*, Ha «ty» he Is ad, to see Uia 4tr&i«ra fit Baca «oua- , l*jgg8 are easily secured in March, April and May. It Is during the three months which follow Hint tho flock requires most ' careful attention. Twelve years results at the Htorr's iaytU'g contest showed a normal "Well (fed hen should lay within seven of as many eggs in June, July and August as she laid in March, April and May. The average cost of feed for a hen Is approximately ten cents RD FLOCKS FROM INSECTS Nickerson Instructor Chives Sure Means of Ridding Hens of Pests. Warm weart.hor brings an abundance of-Idee ami mites to tho aveTago )-otil- try man but both of those pesta may be controlled even during tho worst of warm weather by persistent work, according to E. II. Te'asarden, instructor In vocational agriculture In por month," This feodf will naturally I ^iS™? ^'mm'"'^ High School- run less In .summer months than in tho winter months. When seven out of ten eggs produced by the average ' en are produced* from March 1 lo September 1,. can you afford to ov&r- look feeding for summer egg production? MILK GOT HOT WEATHER DIET FOR THE CHICKENS In -extremely hot weather special jvarc Is necessary to prevent chicks from being overheated by exposure to-|, tho qun, confinement where ventilation is bad or overcrowding- Skim milk, either sweet or sour, and buttermilk are espeeially^yaluable feed in hot weather, inking the filet lighter without reducing its nutritive value. The milk should be fed In a drinking fountain or in a dish covered with; wire netting so that tho chicks cafinot Sflt, Into'it and become soiled with milk. The use of milk does not do awny with tho use of water, which should be glvon as usual. DISCING STUBBLE WILL CONSERVE THE MOISTURE The louse stays on the body of the ifowl at ail -times and for that reason the (bird must be treated," explained Mr. Teagarden. "Sodium clourlde' has been found to bo ono of tho most effective remedies for the control of lice. Tills coizipound may be purchase ed at any drug store of -poultry remedy salesman I'nr^ about fifty cents a pound. It Is a frowder that may he applied among the feathers or the bird, or it may be mixed with water and the bird eim'.rsod in it. 'The emersion method is good to use when the <lays warm so that the bird will dry ri-ndily. /Phis method thoroughly distributes tho material that kilts the lice. "Mites stay on the hotly of the fowl only while they are on the roost or, unless they aro thickly populated. Thorough cleaning and spraying with q, good dlseiitec.tant or oil .will destroy the mites. A second treatment is often necessary as all eggs will not be destroyed "With the first, treatment and the young hatching from tlioin must be destroyed with tho second treatment. . "W-hitewashlng Is not an effective itVoaiment for mites. Whitewash niere- X \y burioa the mites for the present and when tho whitewash begins- to scale off the. mites come out more hungry than, ever and then wo must spray with oil to kill them. ' Disking the stubble field immediately after the binder has cut the wlioat Is a very good practice, according to v; S. Ci-ippeiveounty agent. The gTOund can be covered quickly with a dlBk, which kills the 'weeds and conserves the moisture, niakjng it possible to plow to /better advantage at some later time. "Experimental work has »roven that land which Is'disked Immediately after harvest and then plowod later, makes a larger y(pld of wheat than when {ho land Is not disked,'' explained Mr. Crlppen. Educate the Negro. ,^ Cleveland: Education will koep Nogroes in the southern mates and check tho movement northward, according to Dr. H. p. Minnich, head of the Ohio Stato Normal College, Miami University. ;One-Ui!rd of the Nogro population,of Georgia has migrated, according to Dean Miualub- vlsited in Ness county this week and fonnd the farmers having a groat deal of ttoublo with the files among the horses. One farmer Is said to have lost fourteen head, of horses. George Long of Garden City Wont lo Douglas, Ariz. ktBt week to buy 40U hoati of cattio to put on pasture In Finney county. To date be has brought In 5,000 cattle since tho rains started In April. Tha cattle have all been Hereforda and extra good^ones. Fred Overtoil <jf Hodgeman county shipped two cars of caltlo'to Kansas City last week uuii he said that the flies were"bothering the cattle so that cattle ready to market ten" days ago have shrunk so that It will take them weeks to gel back to where they wereT Some farmers are not working theilr animals -during tho day time on account of tho files. \ . T. F. ""Anderson a Ford county tarm- e-j- has planted much of his land to BUdan grass and other forage crops. Last ypar he had great success with HUdan. Much -of last year 's crop was cut for feed btit four acres wbtch went" to coed and of this kept ^odt enough for his own needs and solu'the surplus for $200.. The Btalks made tine forage for his stoclt last winter. Jue Hrazda erf Tlmkon, Rush county says he roaeuily used some of the grass hopper exterminator furnished by Rush county, that when he usc<l it the ho|»pers on his farm could only jump about tw<f feel, but a short, time after using it they wi-ro able to Jump five feet, and they appear to be getting stronger each day. Ho is wondering if grasshoppers are J»eooming "dope" addicty. First year sweet clover make practically as good hay as alfalfa. It should not be mowed until rather late In the season, however, or tho stand might be injured. Second y"ear sweet s dover Is more rank In /growth and makes-a coarser bay but It cut at tho proper time a very good quality of hay can be- obtained. It should bo cut before It starts to bloom and preferably, on a cloudy day or in the late afternoon. CORN OUTRANKS WHEAT IN VALUE AS A FARM CROP FARM GOSSIP Ralph Harder says that the wheat of he and his brother near Zenria will average 15 bushels to the acre. Thoo Scott of Pratt county Mis a field of oats which will yield well. Jt was a patch of ground that was In alfalfa for several years. A Jersey ibull -calf was aecenily exported by the Kansas State Agricultural college to Che Dominican Republic on the Island of Haytl. Ellsworth county h;d a slump In livestock according to the assessors return sheets... -Losing • 1,537 horses 77 mules, 2,030 cows and 2,133 hogs. Tha Garden City Fair Association will put up tuOO in premiums for tho chicken faneiera alone. The entries, coopp will bo froe for all poultry except turkeys. It is expected thorp will be a largo showing. Frauk HcKlucey of Great Bwd MEADE FARMERS WILL REDUCE WHEAT ACREAGE Meade county farmers are planning to cut down the whoat acreage one halt this fall. Most, of tho farmers have no wheat and are summer fallowing the land. Where summer fallowing is practiced HI it'should bo there will bo a larger ylold than "oaa been raised heretofore on tlio samo'land. Tho land has beon whoated to death the last few years, and <hls rest will do the lamW-good, and will make a better return on the Investment than if it had been ercftvped this summer. A Precocious Boy. Nashville— S. _ B. Stewart, Jr., aged 14, of Chattanooga, Tonn., will enter Harvard University this autumn. This lad, who weighs over 160 pounds, gradtiated-from high school with-honors and bids fair to be a B. A. at olgh- tee V •- e. drain authorities eufl attention toi th*» fa^t that, curti {;-• tho mont vain-! ablo crop in tho United and suggest some interesting imrtkuilars as follows:^ J3uch year Umro ft* ^ dvrived from this crop ii value of moru than u billion of dollars. Among the crops, corn hoWlH Hrat pfiicp, hay second, cotton third and wheat fourth. North America pro- (IUCOH four limes as muoh corn as the rest of tho world. Kuropo rank-s second. South America third and Africa fourth. As a corn- producer the United States haa no rival. Arfrentino rank* second, .HunKary third and Italy fourth. JlHnoIs gro|rVr> aa mncli corn an Argentine, namely, 31.'t,0Ti),()t)(j buwhclF* on 8,Sl,'t,000 iicn>n or an aver- j age of 35H nu^hela to the acre. New York last your grew 28,U2U,000 buslie-te ' of corn on 798,000 acres, or an aver- ago or 35^ bushels. Placing the 1921 cr(4p tff the United Staten fu waarous, fifty hiu.'liels to the load and allowing twenty feet of upaco fr>r each wagon and team, the train of corn would have readied nlno limp9 around the world. H may alio be of itiieresl. to know that, daring tlio year 10^2 the <'i >rn Products He-fining Com 1 -any bought from the farmers of tho United Staten, 37.9ao.400 buuhclB of corn! Tho average. man, who is used to thinking lu tenua of traiu loads, or car loads, Jiy tho greatest stretch of tho imagination can hardly conceive of the Immense quantity of com that this huge amount, represents. Nor can he readily realize the value returned j tov4ho farmer fWul created for the poo~ pl eof this country, by turning this i vast amount of corn Into those 1m j portunt food products— Muzola, Kuro an <I Argo Corn Starch, found on almost every table in thlr, country. , Dr. Cyrua^-EMson, late president at tho Board of Hoalth of Now York City —has remarket! that, under a diet of Corn Syrup a muii can jwrform moru muscular work than under any other single article of food. Dr, Harry did- eon Wells, professor of pathology, and dean In medical work of the University of Chicago, '•:= spc <ikin« of Corn Syrup said: "I would pay more for Corn Syrup for food for infants than ! I would for sugar. In fact, I would not give sugar, cano sugar, tiBva solo food to Infants, under any conditions. Because it represents 'first of all, a uniform ftlu- glo su#£r, and would be absorbed j In an abnormal way —that is, all I at ono time, at retatWoIy ono dt- I gostion, as compared to tho others. Secondly. It Is »o very, very sweet that it woulu obnoxious; that lu another reason. In other words, "born «yrup gives UB something more nearly what we would get' with, the dlgefftfon of B ^rchy food**, natural fooij, than «ino sugar does." - Fho extension of the dciiwnd for .©pTA JprudjicUi of varloua kiuda—not alone in I0;impo, hut practically afi (Tver fife world- - has opened up markets to J .ihe profhicts of American farmers undreamed v »f a few* short years ago. x A 5 t tlho same time the vision and marvelous business ability that has enabled the Corn Products Refining Ooin.pu.iiy to distribute Its prmlucts so widely, and on. such un- eeonoinlcal lias'is, has nmdo it p^>fyHil>lo .for the world in general lo enjoy better food and better houseiiold helps—<tt lower It is, therefore, ovident that it is rtlMlnvMy to the. advantage of the himself to make liberal use of foods derived from corn--not clone from the standpoint of tho better health tliv-se foods help to bring about, but -also for the profit that comes to farmers geV-e.rally as a re hull of^(-reased demand^or corn. Good Alfalfa Crop. AlfslCa is up in the front row foi atteiit [IUJ tiie^e days anil the farmers a renin I MrOrack en. who have fields are hurrying to cut the same before harvest. Alfalfa has come out in a most wonderful maimer since the asparagus beetle, an enemy less ror mldable than rust, for spraying in tin beetle's cano ia effective. Washing' ton ABparngUB, naturally rust resistant, sprayed ngalnat tho beetle. Shoo* maker has fNund ideal. To make ihn life of the, beetle ntltl harder, tho fields during tho time of harvest are planted with chickens. Beetle-hungry young chickens. They forag^ up and dotfn, sharp-eyed and ravenous, keeping ttrtf cutters company and the beetles miserable. Chickens may be Bald to bo a by-product, of. asparagus at Rive^ylew Konns. Providentially, asparagus is' chicken-proof. ThHfc* nip off tho beetles, but don't touch the plant*. The Farmer's First Dollar Asparagus roots, onco planted and propnrly fertllixodj aro good for twenty years. They begin to produce in April or May, and tho money comes in when It Is needed most, for carrying forward tho other projects of the farm. One hundred dozen bunchss rom an acre, as an average for ri three-year planting, with the production Increasing to 200 dozen buneh'-a or more when Ous iff In his prime, from his fifth to fifteenth year An average price of '$7.50 a dozen bunches, at tho farm, for tlio asparagus which .Shoemaker grows. Figure It out for yourself. Tho asparagus market i3 growing faster than population^ as poople learn that it lo tho tastiest, most healthful tidbit at the green grocer's. Thai la why Shoemaker, godfather of Washington Asparagus and Sometimes known as the Asparagus King, *is planning on a thousand acres for (Jus. rainy season and tho growing of tho crop has been remarkable. The hay is good quality and men who are posted on t he Thibjecl di-elare that the crop ia the best in years. The Reason for Speed. Courtship *w*as a moru complicated process in the aid days, but there wa-s no taxicah meter lo UVJO, making H. snappy. -Birmingham News. 0 Xjovc-blrdfl lay their eggs on a single br;tncX »f a treo and the UH. : e> birds wheTPhoitehtid remain tli^re until ready to fly. NO OPERATION ' FOR HER She Took Lydia E. Pinkham's Vec*-' table Compound and Escaped the Operation Doctor Advised Louisville, Ky. — " J wish to thank yon for what your medicine has done for rue, 1 was in bod for eight or nino days every month and had a great, deal of pain. Tho doctor said my only relief waa an operation. I read of Lydia E. Plnkham'a medicines and triod the Vegetablo Compound and the Sana- ^ IIsurely did wondars •••^Mllfnr me, I feol lino oil tho time now, olso am picking up In weight. I will tell any one that your medicines are wonderful, and you may publish my letter if you wish. —Mrs. ED . BbEHNLElN, 1130 Ash St., Louisville, Ky. backache,nervousness, painful times, Irregularity, tired and run-down feelings, aro Bvmptoms of female troubles. Lydia E. Pinkham's Venetable Compound should bo taken whenever there is reason to fear such troubles. It contains nothing that can injure, and tends to tone up and strengthen the organa concerned, RO that thay may work in a healthy, normal manner. Let it hojp vou a-'dt has thousands of others. Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound ia •ua i«tlUng.aln«yt. *11 ovat tha wurU- m scenic wovd&-->the * mos(mty/r/Y?cen£ f T > low : Bxuesioir : j &rer for afefai/s \ rajec or veser^d'er's •write. -* M. E. WAY, Aflcnt Hutchinson, Kans.

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