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The Roanoke beacon. (Plymouth, N.C.) 1889-1929, October 12, 1917, Image 6

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WAR COTTON CROPS Methods of Control That Should Increase Yield Without En larging Acreage. PLAN GIVEN BY GOVERNMENT Some of Measures Advocated Are Not New In Principle and Have Stood Test of Years Check Rav ages of Weevil. (Prepared by the United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) Destruction of weevils in the fall by plowing under or by up- rooting and burning the plants. Destruction In their hibernat- ing places of weevils "that sur vive the first operation. Locating cotton fields where heavy infestation may be avoid ed. . Early and thorough prepara tion of the hind to obtain an early crop. This means fall plowing u-mvI winter working of the land, or the use of cover crops. Determination by experiments on local sckIs of best methods of spacing, both between rows and between pliints In the row. Insuring an early crop by early planting of early-maturing vari eties and by fertilizing where necessary. These are the main points of the formula set out in Farmers' Bulletin 848, "The Boll Weevil Problem," by which larger war crops of American cotton can be grown without increas ing, and possibly by decreasing, the present acreage In this crop. Some of the measures are not new In principle. They are old methods which, modified and improved, have stood the test of years. They represent plain and practical farming methods, and. although they may appear less at tractive than many of the fantastical panaceas which spring up from time to time In cotton-growing sections, they are sound and reliable. Individu ally, they are effective in checking the ravages of the weevils and collective ly they offer a practical system which, if followed carefully, will insure a crop In spite of this pest. The system may have to undergo slight modifica tions to meet local conditions. For example, In some localities hand pick ing of weevils and Infested squares at times may prove a profitable meas ure. Problem of Control. The case cannot be rested, however, with the announcement of this antl boll weevil system. The problem of boll weevil control becomes more seri ous as the pest continues its invasion of the cotton belt. Eastern planters must expect a more serious problem than that which confronted the farm ers of Texas, because the humid con ditions in. the East are more favorable to the life of the weevils. Better means of control must be devised for the region that Is becoming Invaded, and, if possible, other means must be developed to reduce the enornious loss that is suffered, especially daring un favorable seasons in Texas. The princi pal work of the bureau of entomology at this time Is in attempting to devise means for this requisite additional con trol. Much has been learned about the habits of the boll weevil. Many seem ingly excellent theories of control have fallen before this newly discovered in formation. A few may be mentioned : Repellants d-. not repel the boll wee vil. Sprays innumerable have been tried unsuccessfully. Nor are the weevils attracted to light. Lantern traps have been hung in cotton fields by many farmers, but only occasional stragglers are caught In this way, the specialists learn. Machines Are Injurious. Machines employing suction and jar ring devices, designed to pick weevils and Infested squares or to shake the weevils to the ground, have proved In CONVENIENT DRINKING WATER FORCED INTO TANK AUTOMATICALLY. A simple form of automatic drinking trough for pigs is illustrated above. The trough T, Is provided with a cover D under which the float S Is situated. The lever H connects the float with the valve V. When the trough is used the float sinks, and by means of the lever pushes the valve open so that the water from the tank or water pipe B can flow Into the trough through th- pipe It; mn Is a flange. To the right is illustrated a section through the cover along the line' ab. The cover D is necessary to prevent the animals touching the float and attached parts with their snouts. jurious to tne plants and are no, wff. clently attractive to pay for the cost of operation. Mechanical Ingenuity Is needed, however, the specialists point out, especially In developing effective machinery for aiding In. the destruction of weevils in the fall and also for a better cultivation of the crop. It Is estimated that boll weevils nowN cause to the cotton Industry a loss of 400,000 bales of cotton annually. Al though farmers In older region?, in many cases, are Increasing their pro duction, there is loss In the newly in fested regions which offsets that gain. A conservative estimate shows that since the weevil has Invaded this coun- it a r,r.r AAA bales of cotton, with a value of about j $250,000,000. The figures which have been cited show clearly the enornious. reduction In cotton production which the boll weevil causes. In order to make the picture com plete, however. It Is necessary to call attention to the effect the weevil has on the production of crops other than cotton. Wherever the Insect Invades a region, diversification of crops and animal husbandry receive a powerful impetus. This Is shown, for instance, in the state of Mississippi. For many years preceding the advent of the boll weevil, namely 1904-1908, the average value of all crops was $116,783,104. For the boll weevil years, 1909-1913, the average was $132,031,800. The loss in cotton production was more than offset by the increased planting of corn, forage and other crops. General Account of Problem. The bulletin mentioned above, which will be sent to anyone on request, con tains a general account of the boll weevil problem. It deals with the his tory of the insect In the United States, the damage It has done In dif ferent regions, the reasons for local variations in damage, the Indications for the future, Hie hnblts of the weevil as far as they are related to control measures, and ways of reducing the Injury it causes by methods which have been tested in many experimental fields and by large numbers of practi cal planters. MATERIAL FOR WEANING PIGS Concentrates That Are Rich in Muscle and Bone-Making Essentials Are Necessary. (Clemson College Bulletin.) Weaned pigs need good concentrates that are rich in muscle and bone making material to Insure thrifty de velopment. Accustom them to their feed gradually, as overfeeding will readily produce scouring. From ten to twelve days are essential In getting young pigs adjusted to the change. However, they should be fed lightly at least three times daily during this time. The following rations are good for young pigs: (1) Skim milk and wheat middlings. (2) One part ground grain of some kind to two parts wheat middlings or rice meal. Ground oats and rice meal make1 a splendid mix ture. Feed as indicated above with skim milk. CONVENIENT PLACE FOR SILO Should Be Located Outside Rather Than Inside of Barn Allow Space for Feed Room. In general the silo should be located outside rather than inside the barn. Place it a few feet away from the barn so that a small feed room may be built between. This arrangement not only provides a convenient place for the silage cart but also a means of separating the silo from the milk ing barn where silage odors are unde sirable. MILK RECORD IS BENEFICIAL Farmer Who Wishes to Carry on Work In Businesslike Way Will Keep Tab on H'B Cows. Any farmer who is making a spe cialty of milk production and wishes to carry on his work in a businesslike way will keep milk records, Individual performance records for each cow in the herd, says John M. Scott of the University of Florida experiment station. TROUGH FOR SWINE ft mi m a m w i 1 avcs GOOD BUTTER-MAKING RULES Best Churning Temperature Is 58 De grees on Ordinary Thermometer Care for Cream. (Clemson College Bulletin.) Cream is made up of little fat glob ales floating In milk. In making but ter the fat globules are brought to gether iuto a mass and the milk is re moved as buttermilk. These fat glob ules will stick better when they are just the right temperature than they will If either too warm or too cold. A good temperature for churning is 58 degrees on an ordinary thermometer. When the creara Is the right sourness It churns better than when sweet or too sour. The cream should be kept at 50 decrees. or lower till the day be fore churning. Then warm it up to 70 degrees, or room heat, which will bring about the souring by the next day. When the barrel churn is used, al low gas to escape every few minutes at first. When the butter begins to come keep a close watch and stop churning when the butter granules are the size of wheat kernels. Draw off the buttermilk and wash in the churn repeatedly with cold water till the buttermilk is all removed. Then remove the butter from churn and work it with a paddle. Add an ounce of salt per pound of butter. MANNER OF HANDLING SILAGE When Time for Feeding Top Layer, Which Has Molded, Should Be Removed Heap Top Level. (Clemson College Bulletin.) When the time comes for feeding silage the top layer, which will be found to be molded, should be re moved. The molded part usually ex tends for several inches below the surface. At least two inches of silage should be fed each day In order to prevent the formation of the mold. The top of the silage should be kept level so as to expose the smallest sur face possible to the air. 6nly enough silage for one feeding should be put out, as it soon dries out if not fed at once. ROUGHAGE OF HIGH QUALITY Average New York Cow Credited With $66.09 Yearly Income Scrub Cows Responsible. Success in dairying is based on the production of high quality roughage. The truth of this basic principle of dairy farm management finds support in estimates recently made by the New York State college of the average dairy cow's product in that state. The aver age New York cow is credited with only $G6.09 total income yearly. The cost of maintaining her is estimated at $61.85, not including the cost of labor. The difference amounting to only $4.25 a cow, would give to the man who Splendid Type for Milk. cared for 20 cows a yearly wage of $85 which is less than the lowest wage paid to ordinary farm labor. Scrub cows are largely responsible, it Is said, for this poor showing in New York and the college advises that they be weeded out If dairy herds are to be profitable to the farmer. These herds may be improved greatly by better breeding methods and by eliminating the culls. Behind the cows lies the farm on which they are kept. If the farm is not properly managed; the cows are laboring under a severe han dicap. FIRST FEED FOR YOUNG CALF Skim Milk Is Given Soon as Prac ticable and Continued Until Ani mal Is Six Months Old. At first the calf is fed whole milk, the quantity being gradually increased. Skim milk is substituted as soon as practicable and, if cheap, is continued until the calf Is six months old. Or dinarily the maximum quantity of skim milk that can be fed economically is 20 pounds a day. When the calf is twajweeks old, grain and bright, clean hay should be offered; the quantity fed should be increased as the calfs appetite demands. COMMON CAUSES OF SCOURS Overfeeding, Milk That Is Cold or Sour, Dirty Pails, Troughs or Stalls Are Blamed. Indigestion is the cause of common i;ours. This generally occurs when the calf is from two weeks to a month old. Prevention is the best remedy. The common causes of indigestion are overfeeding, feeding milk that Is cold or sour, feeding sweet milk one meal and sour the next, dirty pails, troughs or stalls. RATIONS FOR ORPHAN COLTS Bottle, and Nipple Will Be Found Cheapest and Most Satisfactory Means of Giving Milk. Raising orphan colts Is a hard task which requires time and patience. Cow's uilk Is the usual substitute for mare's milk. Allowance must be made for the fact that cow's milk is lower in per cent of protein, fat, and ash than mare's milk, while the latter Is lower In per cent of water and milk sugar. - At first a bottle and nipple probably will be found the cheapest and most satisfactory means of Inducing the colt to take the milk. The milk should al ways be warmed to body temperature before feeding. Add enough warm water to a table spoonful of sugar to dissolve it, then add from three to five tablespoonfuls , of lime water and enough milk to make a pint. Feed one-fourth of this mix ture every hour for a few days, grad ually lengthening the intervals and in- creasing the amount given at a feed as the colt grows older. When the colt Is three or four weeks , old the sugar In the milk may be dis continued. At three months the colt . should be put on a ration of all the sweet milk it will drink three times i a day. I If the colt scours, cut down on the amount of milk and give two to four I ounces of a mixture of two parts cas tor oil to one part sweet oil. WORKING HORSE IN SUMMER Large NumLer of Animals Lost Each Year Through Lack of Care and From Excessive Heat. It no doubt would be one of the greatest surprises that we have had for some time, were we to realize the large number of horses that are lost each year from the lack of care and from the heat; the time is here again when we must watch our horses care fully so that they may work safely and to the best advantage for us dur ing the long hot days of summer. The horse that will stand the hot weather well Is the one that has been well groomed and cared for, you must feed your horses well If yon want them to work well and if you want to get the most from your feed you must keep them clean and comfortable. The horse that is working hard during the hot weather should be watered at least four or five times each day, and every hour or hour aM a half would be still better. RACK FOR STOCK OPERATIONS Sometimes Difficult .and Lengthy Be cause of Lack of Secure Place to Hold Animals. Performing needed operations on live stock ofttimes Is rendered a diffi cult and lengthy job because of the lack of a rack in which the animal can be securely held. Here is one which looks rather complex but which 'will keep the animal where he can't get away to save himself, hard as he may try. The animal is driven into Rack for Stock. the rack. Behind him one door swings to, preventing him from backing out. In front another door swings to against the left side of the neck and another slides In against the right side. The lever Is locked there and the stock is In the stocks, for all the world like an evildoer in' ancient times. Once you've got the animal in that position you are at liberty to do your worst. lie can't do anything to stop you. Farming Business. SORE MOUTH IN YOUNG PIGS Where Disease Has Advanced to Any Great Extent, Animal Should Be Destroyed Burn Carcass. (By I. E. NEWSOM, Colorado Agricul tural College, Fort Collins. Colo.) Watch the little pigs for sore mouth. If ulcers are found Isolate the litter and treat the nffected pigs. Tincture of iodine on fe cotton swab used dally will be valuable. If the disease Is far advanced the pig should be destroyed and the carcuji burned. MANAGEMENT OF YOUNG COLT Teach It to Eat Grain and Alfalfa or Clover Soon as Possible Allow Access to Grass. As soon as possible teach the young colt to eat grnln and alfalfa or clover, and allow It access to grass. Crushed oats and a little bran make the best grain feed, but If these are not avail able substitute crushed corn and bran in equal parts by bulk with a little I linseed moal. . (JGH! CALOMEL MAKES YOU SICK! GLEAN LIVER AND BOWELS MY WAY Just Once! Try "Dodson's Liver Tone" When Bilious, Consti pated, Headachy Don't Lose a Day's Work. Liven up your sluggish liver! Feel fine and cheerful; make your work a pleasure; be vigorous and full of am bition. But take no nasty, danger ous calomel, because It makes you sick and you may lose a day's work. Calomel is mercury or quicksilver, which causes necrosis of the bones. Calomel crashes into sour bile like dynamite, breaking it up. That's when you feel that awfnl nausea and cramping. Listen to me! If you want to enjoy the nicest, gentlest liver and bowel cleansing you ever experienced Just take a spoonful of harmless Dodson's Liver Tone. Tour druggist or dealer sells you a 50 cent bottle of Dodson's Liver Tone under my personal money- Small PilL Small Dose, Small Price, But Great in Everv Other Way Genuine bear signature Comparisons. "Do you remember in your days of adventure the story you told me about the trouble you had in one voyage to dodge a menacing shark?" "Yes, but that's nothing to the trouble I have to dodge my wife when she wants money for shopping." How's This ? We offer 1100.00 for any case of catarrh that cannot be cured by HALL'S CA TARRH MEDICINE. HALL'S CATARRH MEDICINE is taken internally and acts through the Blood on the Mucous Sur faces of the System. Sold by drureists for over forty years. Price 75c. Testimonials free. P. J. Ciieney & Co., Toledo, Ohio. Somewhat Hunched. A marriage broker brought an assist ant along to a conference about a bride. The assistant was to confirm his assertions. "She Is well made, like a pine tree," said the agent "Like a pine tree," repeated the as sistant. ' - "She is cultured beyond words." "Wonderfully cultured," came the echo. "However, one thing is true," con fessed the broker, "she has a slight hunch on her back." "And what a hunch!" confirmed the assistant. Want Good Marksmen. At the time. of the Spanish-American war an expert rifle shot was re fused enlistment ns a sharpshooter on the ground that good marksman ship is of no advantage on the field of battle. There are still some military authorities who believe this to be the case. They point out that when the distance is not accurately known, the good rifleman will be sure to miss, while a volley Trom poor marksmen will cover a large area and score some hits. Nevertheless, the policy is now to encourage marksmanship by every possible means. When Man Is Caught. Many a man has been caught at his own foolish game by people who let him think he was fooling them. Poor Old Rich Man. No one seems to sympathize with the poor", old rich man paying income tax. People eat GlS because they like it and they know it's good for them i:flkiiiU3t04Qteiaifir ;- r v. TCARTER$f Tjlf T ff DTJADT I? Usually Need Iron in the Blood. Try 1 rALLliF rfcUrLE carter's iron pills I WW n ml3f 111 back guarantee that each SDoonful will clean your sluggish liver better than a dose of nasty calomel and that it won t make you sick. Dodson's Liver Tone is real liver medicine. You'll know It next morn ing, because you will wake up feel ing fine, your liver will be working. your beadacbe and dizziness gone. your stomach will be sweet and your bowels regular. Dodson's Liver Tone ,1s estttrsiy vegetable, therefore nnrrafcrvE : cannot salivate. Give it to your caU-f dren. Millions of people are using! Dodson s Liver Tone instead of dan gerous calomel now. Your druggist will tell you that the sale of calomel is almost stopped entirely here. Adv. rESB-CRISP-WH0mSOME-DEUaO03J MAKING OF THE BISCUITS MAKE TMIM THE STANDARD f EXCELLENCE for DUr has htm. or if not k skonli. 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