Title: Agricultural field notes
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086632/00055
 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: March 15, 1944
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: VID00055
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 Deparbmaent 4
Jaoksonville, Florida

vol. 3 No; O aroM.l 4 4

JACES NVILIS, FLA. The'need for food from farm and city gardens is
greater this year than ever before, according to leading food authorities. Re-
ports indicate that some 20 million Victory Gardens in the country last year
produced 8 million tons of vegetables or nearly one-half the total produced in
the entire country, and ands a contribution of more than 2 billion dollars tp-
ward the Nationas food bill* Had this production not been available, food
authorities say, there would not have been enough food to provide an adequaiP
diet for civilians of the country, to supply our Armed forces, and to help our
Allies. ReMfecting the general situation and outlook is the recent announce-
ment that the civilian supply of canned fruits will be cut 43 per cent and
canned vegetables 19 per cent during 1944. To those who met some discourage-
ment with their Victory Gardens last year, this situation should give added iam
petus to work harder and overcome mistakes. A goal of 22 million Victory Ger-
dens in 1944 has been set, and concerted efforts toward its accomplishment are
being made by all agencies* An appeal has been directed to every family in the
land, both urban and rural, that has a plot of suitable soil and a sunq site,
to grow a Victory Garden this year. Industrial concerns, communities, and
ashools are being urged to help by encouraging and arranging for community gar-
dens whero they can be successfully grown. It is hoped this appeal will be
heeded by everyone interested in the welfare of his Nation, his community, and
himself. Judge Marvin Jones, War Food Administrator, recently said j ; pro-
duction of food from the Victory Garden is not its only values Victory Gardens
save transportation; they save containers; they save manpower in many ways
All these are critical." Seed, fertilizers, and insecticides are assured Vie-
tory Gardeners this year* Experienced gardeners can render a tery helpful ser-
vice by advising with inexperienced gordoners as to soil adaptability, its prep-
aration and fertilization; what, whon, and how to plant; insect control; and
other problems which are bound to be encountered# Of courso, the advice of
County and Home Demonstration Agents is available to those who ask far it, and
from those agencies helpful publications on the production and preservation of
vegetables and other foods may be had for the asking.

MOULTRIS, GA. The Spring Show and Sale of registorod polled Hereford
cattle by the Southoastorn polled Hereford Brooders Association will be held
here in the Livestock Auditorium at the plant of Swift & Company on March 23.
This Show & Solo will be featured by the qhoioost let of cattle the Association
has ever offorod, according to Those D. Matthewr president of the Assooiationa
Thirty-six bulls including herd sires, herd holding prospects, and bulls fer
commercial horde; 37 females ows with oalf, open *%d bred cows and heifors -
are being consigned to the sale by 19 of the lading Polled Hereford breeders
in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, according to W. 3. Ayoook, Sales aMgasu
President Matthows says that tho Show feature alone will be worth seeing as all
consignors have agrood to bring plenty of quality, and further that ih unusually
large number of bulls has boon listed sinoe many commercial cattlemen have indi-
cated a desire to purchase good seed stock that is well aoolinatede


MONTGCOERY, ALA. A new marketing program for Alabama farm products
which is sponsored jointly by the State Chamber of Commerce, Extension Service'
and Experiment Station workers, Department of Agriculture, Bankers Association,
Farm Bureau, Farm Products Division of the TOI, and other agencies received iL,
first practical test recently when six cars containing 3,000 bushels of copper
colored Porto Rico sweet potatoes were sold on the Chicago market. The pota-
toes came from curing houses in the vicinity ca Marion, Alabama. They were
graded and packed under the Extension Service control label to insure unifor-
mity and high quality. They were shipped under the copyrighted label of
ALARICO Porto Rican Copper Skins. The AIARICO brand can be used by any Alabama
farmer who meets the requirements as to grado and quality. The sweot potato
marketing projectt was undertaken following a survey of Northern markets last
fall by t cooperating agencies to ascertain what the markets desire and how
it should be packaged. The State Chamber had its field representative, T. C.
Reid, in Chicago to observe the reaction of the trade to first arrivals of
ALARICO yams. He reports that the market was buying Nancy Halls from Tennessee
and other states, and Porto Ricos from Louisiana and Texas at prices ranging
from $3.60 to $3.85 per bushel, while at the same time ALARICO yams sold for
-$400 per bushel. In commenting on the possibilities of further development
of the sweet potato crop in the State, John M. Ward, Executive Secretary of
the State Chamber said: *'We have been interested in the sweet potato from a
number of angles. First, we believe that perhaps its greatest value is as a
carbohydrate feed to finish and fatten livestock. Thon,thoro is the field of
commercial markets for eatable sweet potatoes. There is another field that is
opening up and will be further explored with the establishment of a pilot plant
a. Auburn. This is in connection with certain cereals, confections, etc.,
which have been developed by Dr. L. M. Ware."

PLANT CITY, FLA. To test out the practicability of shredding and
air drying sweet potatoes for livestock feed in this section, Clifford Walker,
Area Supervisor of the Farm Security Administration in cooperation with Assis-
tant County Agent Armor recently arranged a shredding and drying demonstration
at the P.ant City Farmers Market. L. H. Lowis, Livestock Marketing Specialist
with the.Florida State Marketing Bureau, and E. B. O'Kelley, General Agricultu-
ral Agent with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad assisted in giving the demon-
stration, and gave interested growers and livestock men the benefit d experi-
mental data that are available showing the value of the dried product as a feed
for th% different kinds of livestock. It was brought out that the average of
experiments by Stations in the South indicate that sweet potato meal (dried
shredded sweet potatoes) is from 90-95 per cent as efficient as cracked or
ground shelled corn as a fattening food for beef cattle, and somewhat more
efficient than corn-cob meal. Furthermore that it has proven to be an excellent
feed for dairy cows, work stock, and sheep, while it teems to be a little too
bulky for best results with hogs and chickens. Growers in this area are in-
terested in the possibilities of growing sweet potatoes and converting them in-
to feed, particularly the utilization of the culls and unmarketable potatoes,
thus reducing their requirements for bought feeds which now draw quite heavily
on their available cash received from the sale of strawberries, vegetables, and
other crops.


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