Title: Agricultural field notes
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086632/00021
 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: October 1, 1942
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: VID00021
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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Agrioultulal ftparbment X
jaoksonville, )iorida '

E. Bk OIKCller A. Re Howard
General Agricultural Agent Agricultural Agent


$AdKSONVIjL, FLA The first stage of a most interesting, and what
ia believed to be a very practical paature-Beef Cattle program has been og w
pleted by six urval County 4-H Club Boys under the guidance of 1rw A. S. iU*
ton, Gounty .Agrioultural Agent, and V Aeialista at Gaineaville. The bey* #V
tieipating in the initial demonstration are: Carl Xaihls Tad Alvares, tW1)
Hodd, Clinton Silaox, George awBvlls and Albert Rudd, The project is sponreu d
by Sears, Roebuck and Company which concern has set aside a revolving lea fU~n
to be used in fostering agricultural development in Duval and a4oam* ootatA es
This progressive and highly oonstractive.progran was initiated about a year age
by Mr. K H. Zlis, Mlnager, Jacksonville Store of Sears, Roebuok and Company,
in operation with the County Agents and other Agricultural Extension Servipe
wMrerse Loans were made to the boys for pasture development and for purchase
of animals. The boys prepared thp land and seeded the carpet grass and lover
in November of last year. 1ach boy bought from one to three animals, all of
them in'thin flesh and most of them with eawe improved blood, which Yvre placed
on pasture the second week in April and grazed for 174 days without grain feed*
when they vere sold at auction. After charging against the animals oWn-third
of the cost of the pasture development and deducting the original purchase
price of the animals, each of the boys made a handsome profit, with a combined
net profit of $313.26 for the 13 animals of the 6 boys participating in the

B~L GLADE, FLA. According to Dr. J. R. Neller, Bieohend E in
OMrga4 plans have been perfected to inaugurate, in the very near future, a
series of beef cattle feeding trials at the Everglades Experiment Station in
Wihih the-. inaai e., dehydrated aoeet patatoes(cormonly called sitet potato meal),
raw sweet potatoes, molassass and fallu, separately and, / or- in s(aination,
will be campared as sources of carbohydrates. It is understood that 6 3ota
of 10 steers eaqh will be fed, all of whigh will be run on grass pastures.
The feeding work will be in direct charge of Mr. R. v7. Eidder, Animal Husband-
man, with whom Dr. Roy A* Bair, Agronesmist, is cooperating in the production
and evaluation of feeds used in the trials. Host interest in and quite asi-
nificant information has been developed by workers at the Station which s h4s
that on the basis of analyses so far obtained the protein of sweet potato
roots (air dried) averages from 3 to 5 per sent where they have been grown in
a sand soil as compared with 9 to 10 per cent when grown in Everglades peat
lands No nitrogen fertilizer was used in the case of the peat land crops
analysed. This is in line with other findings Of th 'Station that average
of analyses of various grasses. grown on Wat grass peat land during the past
several years has shoan the protein content of these has been about 80 per
cent higher than that of tlh average published analyses of these grasses grcwa
on mineral soils, A sim jlar ormpariaon with legumes has shown that those
grown on peat laMl has been about 60 per oent higher in protein, limited
yJld records o the Station and of practical growers whow that total yields
of 300-400 bua shs pe- re of sweet potatoes in peat-lands are not unconmon.

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JACKSONVIIE, FLA. In a series of meetings sponsored by the Forest
Farmers' Association Cooperative with the Florida Forest-Service cooperating,
Hir. ?ayne G. Miller representing the Association and 1Tr. George B. ,7illiams
representing the Forest Service, have been stressing to landowners ways in
which forest lands.can be managed to give continuous production. er. 1i7illiams
has stressed practical ways of attaining this goal by (1) Selective cutting
including pre-sale cruising and estimating, removing all mature and defective
trees, and leaving sufficient trees of desirable type and species for seed pro-
duction (2) Thinning according to species and purpose of production usually to
600-700 trees per acre (3) Fire protection featuring either no fire or con-
trolled burning (4) Pruning for naval stores purposes up to 11 feet and for saw
logs up to 17 feet (5) Ijarketing featuring the sale of timber for the purposes
to which it is best suited including poles and piling, saw logs, cross ties,
fuel wood, and pulp wood, and selling under written contract with the purchaser.

GAINTSVILIE, FLA. The Agricultural Experiment Station las recently
published results reported by Dr. V. G. Kirk and Ir. R. II. Crown with the use
of shocked sugar cane as compared with sugar cane silage and with improved
grass pasture for wintering beef cattle. Summary of results of three feeding
trials shows that 29 cows and 15 calves fed shocked sugar cane made a total
gain of 1,417 pounds; 28 cous and 15 calves on sugar cane silage gained 467
pounds, while 30 cows and 15 calves on improved grass pasture showed a total
loss in weight of 377 pounds. In feeding the shocked cane there was less re-
fusal and best results were obtained when it was cut into one-inch or one-
half inch pieces before feeding. The full value of this work is realized only
when it is considered tlat no special equipment is needed to preserve the cane*
It was found by these workers that cane harvested from November 1 to 10 can
be kept in.good condition for feeding for 4 1/2 months by shocking in round
shocks of approximately one ton green weight; that where large quantities are
to be stored sugar cane with butts on the ground can be stacked against up-
right supports to a depth of 20 feet with satisfactory results, and that it may
be stacked to a greater depth than .20 feet, if it is to be used within a few
weeks after harvesting. Those interested in further details should obtain
Bulletin 373 of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.

October 1, 1942

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