Title: Agricultural field notes
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086632/00031
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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: March 1, 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).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00086632
Volume ID: VID00031
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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Agricultural Department
SJacksonville, Florida


iEXFPRIUMNT, GA.- Studies at the Georgia Experiment Station have'
fully confirmed findings of other research workers relating to the high food
value of sweet'potatoes, Dr. Lary Speirs, Home Economist, who has conducted
these studies says "The sweet potato is superior to the white potato because
of its richer content of carotene and carbohydrate. Both kinds of potatoes
are valuable sources of carbohydrate, certain mineral salts, vitamin C, and
certain of the vitamins of the B-Gomplex. The protein content of potatoes
isxvery loa~; the fat content is so small as to be negligible* 'Beoause they
are eate* in large quantities they are good sources of .alcium, phosphorus
and ir6nn even though the actual percentage of these elements is not high,
.Potatoes, both white and sweet, are very valuable sources of Vitamin c, rank-4
ing with tomatoes in this respect, vhite potatoes contain almost no caro-
tene (pro-vitamin A)s Sweet potatoes are richer than most foods in this
respect. The principal pigment in sweet potatoes is carotene; the depth of
the yellUw color in the root is an indication of its carotene content. The
light yellow, mealy varieties such as the Nancy Hall have much less carotene
than the deep gold, sugary, soft Porto Rico. The sweet potato is one of
the most valuable foods produced in the country." Dr, Speirs gives the coni-
parative nutritive value of white and sweet potatoes on the basis of 100
grams of.edible portion as follows,

yhite potatoes Sweet potatoes.
Total carbohydrate, percent 19.1 27.9
Carotene, micrograms 18,0
Porto Rico 4000
Nany Hall 2280
Vitamin Bli micrograms 120 90
Vitamin B. micrograms 50 68
Vitamin 0, milligrams 12.5 20

BELIE GLADO, FLA. -A.new snap bean known as Florida Belle is being
released by the averglades EXperiment Station for a few one-~ore plantings
by growers this Spring, according to Dr. J. R- Neller, Biophemist in Ohargev.
The Florida Belle is the result of a cross between Stringless Black Valentine
and U.S. No, 5 Refugee, and has been developed during the past three years
by Dr. G. R. Townsend of.the Station Ostff. 1t las been selected for toler-
ance to rust and mildew, vigor, tolerance of drought and productivity, It
produces a large bush with'dark green foliage which remains free of rust and
mildew for two or three weeks longer than the Bountiful, and matures in about
the same time as'Stringless Black Valentine or Tendergreen, The pods are 6
to 7 inches long, slightly oval, straight, with a very attractive green color,
and when ready to pick the pods are stringless and have a medium amount 6f
fiber, It is said to yield about as we011 as the Bountiful and better tlhan
the Stringless Blaok Valentine and Tendergreen.

JACISONVILI.E, FL iLth rationing of canned fruits an vegetables
already in effect and of other important foods planned in the near future,
every family, both urban and rural, must give serious consideration to what
it can do toward producing as much as possible of its own food supply; this
in the interest of its oan welfare and as its contribution toward the allevia-
tion of the general food situation* Housewives are now beginning to realize
the tremendously important place home-grown vegetables and fruits occupy in
the family food budget, and as time passes it is expected this will become
increasingly urgent. It is now apparent that family meals must be planned
around fresh fruits and vegetables with infrequent use of canned, dried, and
frozen products bought from the grocer. The allotment of an average of two
to three cans a week for a family of three is too small to permit considera-
tion of these products as major items in the daily fare* Not in many years
has there been a time when it was so urgent that each and every farm family
grow a good garden, produce and conserve its own food supply, and when city
dwellers should utilize every available, suitable space for Victory Gardens,
Interest in production of the family food supply is almost unprecedented,
and it is believed that the volume of home-grown vegetables for fresh con-
sumption and canning, and the number of farm and backyard flocks will es-
tablish a record in 1943,

SYLV3STMR, GA, -A group of progressive farmers and business men
has organized for the purpose of developing sweet potato growing in this
area* A delegation of Vorth County farmers recently made a trip to Louisiana
to see what is being done in that State to develop the sweet potato crop,
They learned that Louisiana farmers produce and market about 7,000 cars of
sweet potatoes yearly, and that the secret of success with sweet potatoes
in Louisiana is the production of high quality, disease free potatoes which
are properly graded and attractively packaged for the market, The committee
visited St. Francisville where they viewed a large plant that is dehydrating
sweet potatoes under contract for the Government* Here they were also told
that high quality sweet potatoes are necessary to give'a satisfactory dehy-
drated product. After hearing report of the committee, the local group
immediately arranged to buy and place with uorth County farmers 1,000 bushels
of improved copper colored porto Rico seed stock which is the variety that
predominates in Louisiana, A number of fire-heated beds are being construct-i
ed to insure a supply of early plants,

March 1, 1943

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