Title: Agricultural field notes
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086632/00025
 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: December 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).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00086632
Volume ID: VID00025
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 Af
'* Jacksonville, Florida 1ck'vr!u

Z. t. O'Kelley A. A. A aGs
General Agricultural Agent Agrioutu ar 4' nt


OCALA, FLA. The date of the Third Annual southeastern Fat Sook
Show and Sale has been set for February 17-19, 1943_ aoreding to Mr. J.I E.
Ellis, general chairman of the Show. Premium list for the Show is being distri-
buted to cattle-feeders and prospective exhibitors by Mr. Horace L. Smith, Sec-
retary of the Chamber of Commoeroe and by cooperating agencies. Liberal prizes
will be offered again to exhibitors of individual steers an& heifers, pens of
three, carlots of 15, with special classifications for FFA, 4-H Club members,
and Florida bred and fed animals as well as a special division for the Brahma
breed. The Anr!us, Hereford, and Shorthorn breed associations have agreed to
add substantially to prizes won by exhibitors of animals of their respective

PALLETTO, FLA. The Kilgore Seed Co. operates near here a breeding
ground where they are doing invaluable work in developing varieties and strains
of vegetables that are particularly adapted to Florida conditions. This work
was started in a small way several years ago on a couple of city lots within
the city limits but has now grown to where a tract of land with several acres
in cultivation, and lying just North of the city, is being utilized for this
work. The breeding and selection is under the supervision of Dr. Alien R,
Trotter of the Breeding and Research Department of the Associated Seed Grfotrs,
Inc., who is recognized as an outstanding horticulturist by the agriculturists
of the Nation. One of t:e outstanding pieces of work being done at thia time
is the development of a superior strain of "Pan America" tomato. Dr. Trotter
now has two strains of this wilt resistant variety which appear to be very
superior in type, quality, prolificacy, and disease resistance to any of the
other 38 strains of the various common varieties now on trial. Another out-
standing project is the development of superior strains of blight resistant
World Beater pepper, and a pendant strain of California dionder. Dr. Trotter
now ihas 155 strains of 7 varieties of peppers under observation, In addition
to these crops he is endeavoring to develop a strain of eggplant that is re-
sistant to Phomopsis blight or "Tipover", a disease that has caused uuch damage
to eggplant plantings for many years. At present there are growing on the
breeding grounds 23 hybrid strains which have been developed by crossing common
varieties with a wild South American variety. ;work is also being conducted
with 32 strains of cabbage, 29 strains of lettuce, and several strains of
endive, squash, and cucumbers, i1r. H. W. Sohneck is Secretary and sales Manager
of the concern and iar. John Rogers is Agricultural Field Agent directly in
charge of this work for The Kilrgore Seed Company.

IiESBURG, FLA. Mr. J. D. Boyte, luanaer of Jungle Auto Service, is
rapidly growing into the manufacture of sweet potato shredding machines for use
in shredding sweet potatoes preparatory to drying into i estock feed. He has
placed machines as far north as Rocky Mount, No C., and is now assembling a
machine to be exported to Nassau. He is building the machines according to
plans and specifications developed by prof. F. A. KE~mmer, Agricultural Engineer,

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Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama, but has made a valuable addition
by installing a clutch-like assembly on tie driving wheel which provides for
the cutting disc to be disengaged when the machine is being moved from place
to place.

BLACGSHiX0R, GA. Mr. D. J. Harrison, prominent farmer near here, has
recently completed harvesting 12 acred of sweet potatoes from which he obtained
excellent yields xr* Harrison has 2922 baskets of field selected potatoes in
his curing barnd from which it is estimated hle wil be able to grade and pack
at least 2200 bushels of excellent quality potatoes in the early spring. In
addition to the potatoes in the storage houses Mr. Harrison has banked 1200
bushels of "slip" grade potatoes to be used for seed purposes. This excellent
average yield of approximately 284 bushels per acre would have been substan-
tially higher except that low yields were produced on 1 1/2 acres which were
set under unfavorable weather conditions and did not get rain as did the other
10 1/2 acres. hr. Harrison is high in his praise of the "copper Colored" porto
Rico variety, stating that it not only produced larger yields but matured
earlier with a larger percentage of smooth quality, number one size than common
varieties. He attributes his success in growing potatoes to close spacing, use
of high-potash low-nitrogen fertilizers, and careful handling during harvest and
storage r.Ir Harrison states that he used three foot rows with plants set accu-
rately 8 inches apart in the row; that he used fertilizer analyzing 8 percent
potash and is contemplating the use of a fertilizer analyzing 10 percent potash
another season, and tLat he handled his potatoes during harvest as though they
were eggs, to prevent bruising which causes an undue amount of loss during

TALLAI- .SSE, FLA. According to recent announcement by iLr. J. F.
viliams, Jr., State Supervisor of Vocational Agriculture, the Florida Associa-
tion Future Farmers of Amerida has again made an outstanding record for 1941-42.
Among the many achievements were the awarding of the American Farmer degree of
membership by the National Association to Claude Jones of pahokee, Alton
OleRmons of Chipley, Oliver McKeown of Chattahoochee, and 17illiam pope of Canal
Point. In the National Association Contest, Florida was awarded the National
Silver Award, and Douglas Oswald of the ilarianna Chapter won third place in the
National FFA public speaking contest, speaking on the subject '"Food For Freedom."

"The present cooperative arrangement is working well, and certainly it
is receiving loyal and wholehearted support fron both the carriers and the ship-
pers of the country. No one could wish for any better cooperation than I have
received from both of these sources, and spirit and morale are at very high
levels. Under the circumstances I can see nothing substantial to be gained by
changing the arrangement, and I am also sure that if we were to embark upon a
program of government acquisition, it woul1 introduce iany troublesome problems
which would absorb the ,attention of many dho now have none to spare." Joseph
B. Eastman, Director, ODT.

December 1, 1942.

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