Title: Agricultural field notes
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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: May 1, 1943
Frequency: monthly[aug. 1947-]
biweekly[ former nov. 1941-july 1947]
monthly
regular
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Subject: Agriculture -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Agriculture -- Periodicals -- Southern States   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
 Notes
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: VID00035
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 45625504
alephbibnum - 002665095
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ATLANTIC COAST LINE RAILROAD C 0 'iA N"
Agricultural Department e"r "1vrij
Jacksonville, Florida AUG 8 I94g

EF B. O'Kelley A. R. HowV 4 .
General Agricultural Agent Agricaltural tOf AOe

.Vol. 11 Noe 9 Ma 1 1943

AGRICULTUR'AL FIELD NOTES

RICHIEOND HILL, GA, Visitors to this attractive village are always
impressed with and comment on the neat, orderly appearance cE everything in
its environs, All buildings, fences, and dwellings are unusually well kept,
premises are neat and attractively landscaped, and almost without exception
residents have spacious gardens to supply fresh and canned vegetables, and many
of them maintain small flocks to furnish eggs and chickens for the family,
SThis is headquarters of Richmond Hill plantation, owned and operated by Ir.
Henry Ford, the automobile magnate of Detroit. The plantation consists of
85,000 acres with 2000 acres now devoted to the production of badly needed
food and feed crops, and the remainder largely to the growth of timber under
pototction from forest fires. It is a privilege to meet and talk with Mr
J. F. Gregory in charge of the Plantation. Visiting with him one very soon
understands the neat orderliness of everything about the village. He carries
you through a most modern saw mill where every piece of timber 3 feet and longer
is profitably utilized, to the village trash dump where men are busily engaged
in salvaging tin cans for'the Government and glass containers to be used in
the preservation of foods, and to the residential area where he points .ith
Justifiable pride to the excellent gardens and flocks of the villagers* He
tells you that the salvage program pays its way, and that 5,000 salvaged glass
containers Were filled with vegetables and fruits last year and used in the
local school lunch program, Mr. Gtegory says that his most important job is
to see to it that the small things are taken care of because he knows that any
intelligent man appreciates the necessity of taking care of the big things.

OCELA'AHA, -FIA, Ocklawaha Farms near here is rapidly developing a
permanent pasture program on the muck lands, according to R. G. Herrmann, Iana-
ger, During the past several weeks between two and three hundred acres have
been prepared and seeded to carpet and Sudan grasses A trial planting of FIra
grass hax also been made on the muck. Following mcst gratifying resul-s ob-
tained with corn on the organic soils last year, Oci!alaaa Farms has planted
several hundred acres of Louisiana. hybrid corn again rthis year, which will be
utilized in the production of beef cattle and hogse Five of the leading breeds
of swine including the Duroe, Poland-Ohina, and Berkshire are carried on this
farm.

LIV OAK, FLA. Reports indicate that somewhat larger acreage of long
staple upland cotton is growing this year in Surannee and the adjoining counties
of ladison, Hamilton, Columbia, and Lafayette. It is mostly the Coker Wilds
variety which has been grown in this area for several years. The staple runs
1 3/8 to 1 1/2 inches, and in this section it is ginned on roller gins such as
are used in ginning Se Ipsland, thus insuring better grade and staple than is
obtained in other areas where saw gins are used. .lthougb length, strength,
and fineness of staple of Coker Jilds are not as. good as Sea Island, yet yields
Vtd prices have-made it more attractive to growers in this section. Suiannee
Gj.ning iOwE0nyr which will operate gins here and at other points in the pro-
dusing area, will handle the crop#




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ATLANTA, GA. Teachers of vocational agriculture in Georgiq are
making plans for a mammoth canning season, according to ur. T. G, Walters,
State Supervisor of Agricultural Education* Approximately 1,000 evening
6lassez in the Rural War Production Training Program have already been held on
food production for farm families, and classes on food preservation will be
held during the summer. Last season 382 community canning plants in the State
were operated under the supervision of teachers cf voc,.tional agriculture'who
Were in many instances assisted by teachers of home economics. Nearly 50,000
families vwre served by these plants, and almost 10 million pints of fruits
vegetables, and meats were canned.. HIany of the canning plant buildings are be-
ing enlarged and additional equipment purchased for practically every community
canning plant in the State, It is said that praoticully every farm family is
within reach of a community canning plant, and that no state in the Nation is
better prepared to take care of the canning needs of its farm people than is
Georgia,

PALMETTO, FLA, -A very interesting place is the vegetable trial and
experimental grounds of The Eilgore Seed Company which are located here. in an
isolated spot is a small acreage of a selected strain of the Pan-Amerioa tomato
which is being grown for seed multiplication. This special strain was selected
and developed on the Kilgore trial and breeding grounds, and during the fall of
1942 showed promise of being superior to other tomato varieties commonly grown
in this area. Experience has shown the Pan-America most resistant to Fusarium
wilt, and this selected strain has made good yield of superior quality* Other
interesting work being conducted on the trial grounds is the development of a
pendant strain of California Wonder pepper, the development of a variety of
eggplant resistant to "tip over", and the selection of a strain of orisp-head-
ing lettuce tolerant of high temperatures and adapted to Florida conditions,

GAINESVILL;, FLA. -Recognition, by the authorities in charge of
feeding our Army and Navy and of obtaining lend-lease supplies, that the sweet
potato is one of the richest sources of the various vitamins as well as a de-
sirable source of carbohydrates, the designation of sweet potatoes as a war
crop, and announcement by'the USDA that a support price of $1l15 per bushel at
harvest time for US No. 1, ranging upward to $1.45. for cured stock in the early
spring have resulted in widespread planting and a shortage of plants of the
best'strains of the Potto Rico variety. Dr. F. S. Jamison, Truck Horticulturist
FAES, believes these developments offer an opportunity and emphasize the neces-
sity f6r a few careful, experienced sweet potato growers in Florida to start
this year an intensive selection program to maintain and improve the strain of
sweet potatoes, thus offering-a near-by source where other growers can go for
a supply of best seed stock and plants in future years. The probabilities are
that sweet potato acreage in Florida will be further sharply increased in 1944
which would indicate that the time is now quite opportune for several of'the
more experienced growers to establish themselves as producers of quality,
disease-free planting stock, Interested growers, however, should recognize
that the'production of seed stock is vastly different from the growing of market
potatoes, and should avail themselves of the help of experiment station workers
and other qualified agricultural leaders in planning for this work.


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