Title: Agricultural field notes
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086632/00030
 Material Information
Title: Agricultural field notes
Physical Description: v. : ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company -- Agricultural Department
Publisher: Agricultural Dept., Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co.,
Agricultural Dept., Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co.
Place of Publication: Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date: February 15, 1943
Frequency: monthly[aug. 1947-]
biweekly[ former nov. 1941-july 1947]
Subject: Agriculture -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Agriculture -- Periodicals -- Southern States   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Dates or Sequential Designation: 1 (Nov. 15, 1941)-
Dates or Sequential Designation: Ceased in 1948?
Numbering Peculiarities: Volume enumeration begins with: Vol. 2, no. 9 (May 1, 1943).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00086632
Volume ID: VID00030
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 45625504
alephbibnum - 002665095
lccn - sn 00229155

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SAgricultural Department
Jacksonville, Florida

E. Be OtKelley A. R. Howard
General Agricultural Agent Agricultuzal Agent


AUIURN, ALA. -At a joint meeting of the HlottiOultlral) Animal
Husbandry, and Agricultural Engineering Divisions of the Association of South-
ern Agricultural workers held here recently to discuss developments and plans
in connection with dehydration of sweet potatoes, both for animal and human
food, Dr. Julian 0, hiller, Head H;orticultural Research Louisiana State unia.
versity, gave a statement of events that have boosted dehydrated sweet potatoes
to third place in the list of dehydrated foods desired by the Government for
our Armed Forces and for Lend-Lease. He stated that about a year ago he pre-
pared samples of dehydrated sweet potatoes which he submitted to the quarter-
master Corps of the Army along with comprehensive authentic information show-
ing the comparative chemical composition, mineral, vitamin and food values of
sweet and Irish potatoes and that the showing was so impressive the .uarte.r
master Gorps requested 2000 pounds of dehydrated sweet potatoes for test. This
material was prepared and the test conducted at Ft. Benning, Ga. The results
were so satisfactory the Army placed an order for 2,000;000 pounds of dehydrat-
ed sweet potatoes last season, and is now requesting 52,000,000 pounds of dahy-
dr.ted sweet potatoes for Army, Navy, and Lend-Lease during the forthcoming sea-
son* Dr. Miller said that to meet this request, approximately 6,000,000 bush-
els will be required, and he encouraged communities throughout the South to
consider possibilities of establishing dehydration plants. lHe stressed the
desirability of storing sweet potatoes at least 30 days before dehydration,
stating that the carotene content increases in storage. For example, lie ha
found freshly dug sweet potatoes with a c- rotene content of 50 micrograms per
gram increased to 75 micrograms after 30 days storage, and to 82 micrograms
after 60 d.ys storage. He also stressed the fact thlt only moist varieties of
uniform, high color, with high carotene content should be used, and said that
the Unit One Porto Rico, comiaonly referred to as the copper colored porto Rico,
is probably the most desirable of the varieties now available.

SYLVSar., GA. tir J. R. Iiller was winner of the Grand Prise in
the 1942 corn contest, sponsored by the Sylvester sQrth County Chamber of
Ocimeroe, with an average yield of 52.48 bushels pel? acre(dry wesihb) on his
10-acre entry. He was- awarded a Silver Plaque as well as the DistrUt pPrise,
which was a registered Hereford bull. Messrs 0, . Ivey and G. Ho.gthbooak
were the other Sistriot -rize vuiners with yields of 5Q,61 and 51.06 buseels
*per acre, respectively, both of whom were also awarded pure bred Hereford
bulls. The Chamber also presented turo tons of fertilizer to second place wia-
ners and one pare bred gilt to third place winners in each. district, How this
contest is increasing the yield of feed in this county, thus materially con-
tributing to the Jar effort, is seen when it is realized that the average yield
of all 28 contestants completing tle contest was 35.81 bushels per acre, while
fS ihe remainder of the county the yield was estiited as' slightly more than
16 bushels per acre.

GAIN3SVILIE, FIA. Rural Var production training courses are proVy
ing to be quite helpful to farmers and farm boys in the achievement of their
new production goals. These courses are organized and taught under the super,
vision of local teachers of Vocational Agriculture* Dr. 3. V. Garris, Head,
Agricultural Education Department of the University of Florida, recently stat*.
ed that the Vocational Agriculture teachers of Florida organized and conducted
a total of 725 of these courses between July 1 of last year and February 5 of
this year. The total of 725 courses for the State was divided into the fol-
lowing subjects 22 in auto mechanics, 3 in metal working, 54 in wood work-
ing, 7 in elementary'electricity, 206 in farm machinery repair, increase in
production of milk 6, poultry 84, eggs 69, pork 59, beef 9, peanuts 11, vege-
tables 36, and 159 in food conservation. As an example hf the splendid work
being done in this field by these teachers, Dr. Garris stated that Mrn E. UV
Stephens of the Webster community has supervised a tota.lof 23 of these
courses, namely: 2 in auto mechanics, 3 in wood working, 9'in farm machinery
repair, increase in production of pork 1, beef 1, peanuts 1, vegetables 3,
and 3 in food conservation. He added that a goal of 20-of these courses per
teacher has been sst for Florida for the present fiscal year.

TIFTON, GA. Blue !*,old disease which has proven a serious menace
to tobacco plant beds in past seasons, has already shown up in the tobaoo
belt of southern Georgia. In the past, workers at the Coastal plain Experi-
ment Station here have recommended copper oxide cottonseed oil spray for the
control of the disease on tobacco beds. Copper and vegetable oils are beomo.
ing increasingly scarce due to Var demands, and the Station is tow recommending
bismuth subsolicylate as a substitute for the regular copper oxide cottonseesd
oil spray for Blue Mold in tobacco beds. They say this material is easier to
mix arnd se than the regular copper oil spray, is slightly more effective
in controlling Blue HI.ld and is less likely to injure small seedlings. In-
structions for mixing and applying the spray can be obtained from the Georgia
Coastal Plain Experiment Station here.

JASPER, FIA -Eir. A* E. NeSmith, Teacher of Vocational Agricultura,
and Mr. Lawrence Burnham, AAA Supervisor for Hamilton County, have recently
organized farmers' clubs in the Jasper, Jennings, and Wihite Springs cammuni-
ties. These clubs were organized to bring farmers together once each month
for a discussion of mutual problems, and will also enable agricultural workers
to keep in contact with the growers on a reduced travel basis. The business
men in each of the communities are being urged by the grower members to atte-i.
the meetings, because it is felt that by meeting together a better understard-
ing of problems of both groups will be developed. Program caQmittees have
been designated whose responsibility it will be to arrange an interesting pro-
gram on current farm problems for each meeting.

February 15, 1943

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