Title: Agricultural field notes
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086632/00034
 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: April 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).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00086632
Volume ID: VID00034
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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AUG 8 94,

Agricultural Department
Jacksonville. Florida

E. B. O'Kelley A. R. Howard
General Agricultural agent Agricultural Agent


JACKSCNVILIE, FLA, The great desirability of producing high quality
sweet potatoes for dehydrati4u was strongly emphasized in a recent communica-
tion from MIr. Douglas 1Tarriner, General IManager of 7arriner Starch Company,
Saint Francisville, Louisiana, one of the pioneers in sweet potato dehydration,
whp i.s now i in dhyatti a1g asoit potatoes feo th 0e(WoVernm -. In div-
suasing the effect of lack of uniformity in sweet potatoes on the quality Of
the dehydrated product he says: "I feel that it is impossible to put too much
emphasis on the quality and uniformity of the raw materials to be used for
dehydration. This is particularly true of sweet potatoes, as the maintenance
of uniform seed stock is quite a problem and is therefore not generally prao-
ticed over the South. It is probably too late to advise prospective dehydra-
tore to use'all certified improved seed stock for this season, but I would cer-
tainly 4avise that they recall all seed stock at the end of the 1943 season
and prepare to issue certified improved seed stock to their growers for the
1944 season."

GAIN SVILLE, FLA. Senator -7 AU. Shands is this year substantially
increasing his acreage of dasheens for cattle feed as the result of a satis-
factory feeding trial which he conducted last season. To test their value in
fattening beef cattle he fed three steers on dasheens as the principal feed
after'which he delivered one steer to- each of two reputable packers for butch.
ering, while the third animal was butchered at the farm. According to reports
of the packers and his own observations the carcasses of all three of the ani-
mals graded quite satisfactory as to color, finish, and flavor. This year 'S.
Hands ia planting 100 acres of dasheens on the organic soils on his faiMi noar
Island Gzrove, in the extreme southeastern section of Alachua Countyn He says
that in addio.pn to producing larger tonnage of feed on muck soil than any .f
'he other oammon feed crops dasheens are also easy to store and preserve for
winter feeding.

AI I CIT'Y, FLA. ; Act the Annual Father and Son banquet of the Lake
City Chapter FFA held herre epently, Frank Henry Reams, President, Florida
Association FFA reported that the executive committee la.s inaugurated a "Buy
a Jeep drive among the various Chapters of the FFA in Florida. He stated
that in the drive each Chapter would be encouraged to buy at least $900 in
17# Bonds during the year; furthermore* that the State Association now holds
I e \ar Bonds of $19,00 denomnaation, and that the palmetto Chapter has
ready puolhased a $00OQ0 Bondy Approximately 50 per cent of the local
Papters in the State have held 'heir annual banquets, and without exception
the purchase of at least one $25 Bond has been a feature of each banquet

HASTINGS, FLU A most interesting development in connection with
potato growing in this important producing area is the complete change9 in
the past few years, in varieties grown. For many years, and no longer than
even years ago, the Spaulding Rose was trown almost to the exclusion of all
others. This variety has now completely vanished from the picture insofar as
this section is concerned. It was supplanted by the KEatahdian a vigorous-
growing mosaic resistant variety of good quality which outyields the Spaulding
Rose. Now the Sebago, another vigorous-growing variety highly resistant to
mild mosaic and late blight, which was developed by the USDA, is rapidly re-
placing the KItahdin.' It is estimated that'plantings this year are made up
of 60 per cent Sebago, 35 per cent KEtabdin, and the remaiinng5 per cent con-
sists of small acreages of several varieties including Sequoia, lrlaine, Irish
Cobbler, and Bliss Triumph. The Sequoia variety, developed a'few years ago by
workers at the North Carolina Agrioultural Experiment Station, has been under
test-here during the past four seasons by Dr. A. II, Eddins at the potato
Disease Investigations Laboratory of the Florida Agricultural experiment Station,
in which tests it has consistently outyielded all other varieties now generally
planted in this district. As a result of freezes in February and early Mrch
development of the potato crop in this area has been retarded, and it is
thought that few, if any, potatoes will be dug before early Uay, which is at
least three weeks later than di- ing started last season.

SAR4SCTA, FIA. Representatives of the celery industry in the Sanfo4v~
Oviedo, ar .Lske Okeechobee sections met here recently with growers and shippers
in this district for a full discussion of the situation of Florida celery -rowr
era as it relates to the food production program of the Government. It was
decided to set up a committee of four, members of which were to be chosen by
the growers, with one representative from each of the important producing AUa-
triots of Sanford, Oviedo, Lake Olsechobee, and Sarasota- Maatee COuntiets
The committee was designated to handle with Governmental authorities, in the
interest of Florida celery grpoers and shippers as a whole, such important
matters as necessary priorities on crate materials for packing celery, higher
olassification of celery among winter vegetables grown in the State, and early
determination and announcement by the Government of its desire regarding celery
acreage in Florida during the 1943-44 Season. It was brought out that' celery
is rich in certain n inerals necessary in proper nutrition, that it is a cold-
hardy crop and is not usually seriously damaged by frosts and freezes which
kill tender vegetable crops, as was fully demonstrated this season when freezes
in February practically destroyed all important vegetable crops of the State
with the exception of celery and cabbage. It was also brought out that the
Government- has purchased for te Army and Navy approximately 800 oars of Florida
celery this season. The. program of the Government with regard to celery acre-
age this season was not announced until after growers had made preparations for
planting, and, in fact, not until after considerable early celery had been set
in'the fields. The coming season-growers are requesting that the program and
.policy of the Governmsat relating to celery acreage in the State be promulgated
and announced not later than July 1, so that they will know in advance what it
is desired they do with regard to planting celery-in the 1943-44 Season.

April 15, 1943.
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