Title: Agricultural field notes
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086632/00036
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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 15, 1943
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: VID00036
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
Jacksonville, Florida AUG 8 1_94

E. B. O'Kelley A.- R. How 4P
General Agricultural Agent Agricultura .

Vol. II No. 10 Mty 3 9, 1 .43 .


TIFTON, GAq Preliminary report of results of 140 day steer feeding
tests concluded Marc. 24, 1943, at the Gebrgia Ooastal Plain experiment Station
here, comparing the value of coft, sweet potato meal, and sweet potato pulp,
has been released by MT. B. L4 Suthwell, Animal Husbandman. This is the third
year steer feeding tests have eed carried on at the Station, comparing sweet
potato products with corni In the tests recently concluded 6 separate groups,
with 35 good and medium grade Hereford steers in each group, were fed in open
b1ta of abbut 6n6 acre each. Each group was fed the same amount of peanut hay
as roughage, the amount being limited by the group eating the smallest amount.
The steers were full-fed twice per day a concentrate mixture composed of 6
parts, by weight, of carbohydrate feed and 1 part (36% protein) cottonseed meal.
The group fed cracked shelled corn made an average daily gain per steer of
2.18 pounds; the one fed sweet potato meal, 2.23 pounds; while the group that
received equal parts of cracked shelled corn and sweet potato meal made an av-
erage daily gain of 2.60 pounds. In these tests the group receiving equal parts
of cracked shelled corn and sweet potato pulp gained 1.94 pounds daily, while
the group fed 75% cracked shelled corn and 251. sweet potato pulp made an average
dfily gain of 2.17 pounds, as did also the group fed ground snapped corn. In
suiimmarising results of these tests Mr. Southnell says "Based on this one steer
feeding test, sweet potato meal proved to be approximately 3% more efficient
than cracked shelled corn. A mixture of equal parts of sweet potato meal and
cracked shelled corn was equivalent to sweet potato meal. A mixture of 3 parts
cracked shelled corn and 1 part sweet potato pulp was 2 1/2% less efficient than
sweet potato meal but 10% more efficient than a mixture of equal parts of crack-
ed shelled corn and sweet potato pulp. Because of the husk and cob included,
ground snapped corn was less efficient than cracked shelled corn or sweet pota-
to meal, but based on return per dollar expense it was just as good."

fLESBURG, FLAe In the past oats has not been a successful grain
crop for this section because the common varieties are severely damaged by rust.
In recent years USDA and Experiment Station workers have developed several new
varieties highly resistant to rust and other diseases, which are giving a new
significance to the dats crop of Florida and the entire Southe On the expert
mental farm of the VTaternelon and Grape Investigations Laboratory near here,
where a number of varieties of oats was grown the past season, one was outstand-
ing and gave promise of being a successful and profitable crop on the sandy
lands in this section. It is now know simply as Hybrid 167, and according to
Prof. I. Stokes, Agronomist, FAES, at Gainesville, it was originated by
crossing FulGhum with Bond which was introduced from Australia by the USDA in
1929. Prof.Stokes says that Hybrid 167 is rust resistant and yields weAl;
that it is earlier than Quinoy 1 and 2, two other varieties developed at the
North Florida Experiment Station for Florida conditions, and that it is much
better adapted to the light sandy soils because it matures before spring drought

becomes too severe on such lands. He anticipates that an important acreage
of Hybrid 167 will be sown in the State the coming Fall.

WAUCHULA, FLA. The Range Cattle Experiment Station near here has
made some important discoveries in connection with the use of so-called minor
plant. food elements in establishing permanent carpet grass pastures. These
series of experiments were started largely for the purpose of trying 1te feed
these trees elements tb the cattle through the grass rather than from mineral
boxes; however, the outstanding results from the work to date have been the
effect they have had in establishing a stand of grass. -Jhile no official count
on the stand has been released, it is readily apparent even to the casual obser-
ver that where the minor'elements were applied an excellent stand of grass was
obtained, while on plots where only the major plant food elements were applied
the stand is not so good. The minor elements used in the various combinations
and their rates of application were manganese sulphate 50 pounds per aore,
magnesium sulphate 50 pounds, iron 50 pounds, copper sulphate 25 pounds, sino
sulphate 10 pounds, boron 10 pounds, cobalt chloride 1 pound, and molybdenum
$ pounds per acre. which element or oombiTation of elements has produced the
desired-results is not yet readily apparent, but will be determined in later
experiments Other series of experiments ma in progress at the Station in-
clude several kinds of grasses and fertilizer treatment under range conditions

VINTER HAVEN, FLA. The 56th Annual meeting of. the Florida State
Horticultural Society is scheduled to be held here my 25-27, according to
Col. Bayard F. Floyd, Secretary. The opening meeting Tuesday night (25th) will
be addressed by Mr. Francis Flood of Washington, the US Representative on the
British Supply Council, who will also show a war film of particular interest*
Wednesday will be given over largely to research workers who will report prog-
ress made toward the solution of some problems of citrus growers. Dr. A. F.
Camp o04 the Citrus -xperiment Station will discuss methods of applying the
minor qlementa the need of which is now generally recognized, and how they oan
be used most e~f t.ively. Wednesday night Dr. Camp will also give an illustra-
ted talk on his trip to the Argentine and Brazil to study the citrus industry
in those countries. The program Thursday is sponsored by the Division of
Agriculture of the State Defense Council, and will be devoted to discussion
of supply problems including labor, fertilizers, insecticides, containers, famn
machinery, food preservation, and priorities. Speakers from the Yashington
and Regional offices of WPB, ODT, USDA, and 1f will present the picture of
what Florida growers can expect during the 1943-44 Season. The Krome Memorial
Institute 'devoted to a discussion of subtropical fruits other than cirrus will
hold its Eleventx Annual meeting on Wedneaday, and the Vegetable Division its
Fifth Annual seseion on Thursday,


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