Title: Agricultural field notes
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086632/00026
 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 15, 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: VID00026
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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no, Agricultural Departmernt E
Jacksonville, Florida

E. B. O'Kelley A. R. fo r UG 8 -
General Agricultural Agent AgrioU ral Agent '*6 "


SYLVUST2R, GA. Mr. G. C. Daniel, County Agent, states that Mr.
H. H. Hooks who farms in this county near Doerun fully demonstrated this year
the great value of Austrian Winter peas as a green manure crop. In the spring
of 1941 lr. Hooks planted 10 acres of peanuts which were harvested in the fall.
Following the peanuts, on October 1, 1941, he seeded eight acres of this 3and
to Austrian Winter peas, using 40 pounds of seed and 300 pounds of 16 per cent
superphosphate per acre. The peas were turned under in late HIarch, 1942, and
corn was planted on the entire 10 acres on April 15. The measured yield of
corn on the 8 acres where the peas had been turned under was 44.5 bushels per
acre, while the yield on the 2 acre which were not seeded to winter peas was
only 22 bushels per acre. Mr. Hooks planted his corn in 4 foot rows with one
foot spacing in the drill. The entire 10 acres received 200 pounds per acre
of a 2-10-4 fertilizer. He says that the corn following Austrian W/inter peas
gave the highest yield ever produced on his farm, and that while le had known
something regarding the value of this winter leguminous cover crop dAring the
past 15 years he had never used it before because lie had been under the im-
pression that it would interfere with the corn crop which followed.

LAKE PARK, GA. Mr. Jesse Hugins, prominent farmer and bright leaf
tobacco grower near here, states that on 1.8 acres of bright leaf tobacco plant-
ed according to the wide-narrow row method developed by Mr. H. A. iJcGee, Exten-
sion Tobacco Specialist of Florence, S. 0., he produced 2402 pounds that sold
for $859.83. This means that his average production per acre was 1334.4 pounds
for w;ich he received an average price of approximately 35.8 cents per pbund,
or a gross income of $477.72 per acre. After trying this method Mr. Huggins
says that he believes the wide-narrow row method is superior to the common
practice of planting evenly spaced rows, and that he expects to use it again
next season.

JACKSONVILiJ, FLA. The Agricultural Department of the Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad is completing arrangements for further trial plantings the
coming season of Smith's Perfect cantaloupe which gave a good account of itself
last season despite the fact that weather conditions were quite adverse to the
growing of cantaloupes. The variety originated in the .7est Indies and reports
from Puerto Rico state that it has surpassed in disease resistance and quality
all varieties of cantaloupes grown there. Originators of the variety claim
and experience of growers who made small plantings last spring confirm same,
that the variety is highly resistant to downy mildew which usually does great
damage to most varieties of cantaloupes. 1t is a vigorous grower, making
medium size fruits, very heavy for their size, round in'shape, with a heavy'
rind, free of ribbing, and it is believed should be a good shipper. The fruit
has a greenish rind which upon ripening turns to greenish-yellow, As the
fuiate ripen they produce a delicious melon odor. The flesh is very thick,
of attractive deep orange color, which has a very delicious flavor. Numerous
growers who made small plantings last season expressed great surprise that the
quality of Smith's Perfect was very good despite excessive rains which resulted
in poor quality of other cantaloupes usually grown.

JACKSONVILIE, FLA. Encouraged by the excellent results obtained
from trial plantings in the Newberry-Trenton, Florida, and Metcalf, Georgia,
sections last season, the Agricultural Department of the Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad is making plans for some small cormercial plantings of the Blackles
wateremlon next spring, It is now planned to have small commercial acreages
of this variety in the Newberry, Florida, and Iietcalf, Georgia sections again,
with smaller introductory plantings in several other watermelon producing
areas. The Blacklee variety was. developed by Dr. M. N. walkerr of the water-
melon and Grape Investigations Laboratory of the Florida Agricultural Experi-
ment Station at Leesburg, Florida, and is the result of a cross between the
Hawksbury and Leesburg varieties. Based on the excellent showing which the
variety has made in trial plantings the Experiment Station has now released
the Blacklee for general distribution, but because of the limited amount of
seed available, only a few coLumercial plantings can be made the coming season;
however, commercial seed producers, notable among which is H. IM. Taylor, seeds-
man, Inc., Quincy, Florida, which concern has had the variety under test for
several years, will multiply the supply of seed for planting in 1944. The
Blacklee melon i dark green in color, of the long type though not quite as
long but somewhat thicker than the Vaatson variety. The flesh is deep red, con-
trasting favorably with its black seed, of very fine texture, and extending to
within 3/4 inch of the outside rind. The rind is extra tough,'and cooperating
growers who planted the variety last season, without exception, state that it
should prove to be an excellent shipper. The melon was bred to be resistant to
wilt, but it is also said by cooperating growers to be resistant to anthracnose
and sunburn.

GAINSVILIE, FLA. Dr. R. V. Allison, Secretary-Treasurer, has
announced and issued invitations to members and interested friends to the Fifth
Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of Florida which will be held in the
Florida Union Building on the University of Florida Campus, on Friday and Sat-
urday, December 18 and 19. Friday morning discussion will be centered around
Floridats Soil Fertility Program with the afternoon session devoted to a dis-
cussion of Fertilizer Characteristics and Availability under Florida Conditions.
The discussion Saturday morning will be in the form of a Symposium on Nematoderse
On Friday evening a banquet will be held with the regular annual business meet.-
ing and election of officers. Dr. G. S. Steiner of the USDA, V7ashington, D.C.,
recognized authority on nematodes, will be present and discuss types and forms
of nematodes as the grower should kndw them and the high points of their life
cycle in the soil,

"The Office of Defense Transportation does hot undertake to manage
the railroads or to determine how they should be operated The success they
have achieved in handling the burdens imposed upon them is forceful evidence
of the high degree of excellence of their management arn operation. Despite
the fact'that in many respects this burden upon the railroads has been unpre-
cedented, there has been up to now, practically no shortage of railroad trans-
portation, and little deterioration in the character of service rendered."
V. V. Boatner, Director, Division of Railway Transport, ODT.


December 15. 1942

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