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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 19, 1912, Image 11',
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Prof. W. H. Stevenson of the
state college has planned to send
through the whole state special
ly trained men to take" several
hundred samples of soil to the
depth of 04 inches. These sam
ples will be tested, and the own
ers of the farms'told just how to
go about! it to unpnve the fertility
of their lanHs an'd gel bigger
"Every .sate.shquld conduct
experiment 'fields," says Prof.
Stevenson; "to, demonstrate that
the. addition pf certain.- things
lacking in" the soil woul'd double
the yield per-acre.
THE BILLION-DOLLAR HEN WILL BE WITH US SOON,
SAYS POULTRY EXPERT; ALREADY QUEEN OF FARM
What is this chicken raising
business; its extent and possibilij
ties? What kind of a poultry
plant is "a paying one? How does
Queen American Hen compare
with King Cotton and King
Corn ? Is the raising of chickens
and the selling of eggs just a pin
money proposition, or can it be
made to take rank with other
great rural pursuits? Those and
many other questions arise in
many mmds just about the time
they get the "chicken bug." The
Day Book asked them of J. F.
Schureman, associate editor of
American Poultry Journal, and a
noted writer on poultry subjects.
This is his answer. Editor.
By J. F. Schureman.
Twenty-one years ago the to
tal value of American poultry
products was only $290,000,000,
and that was considered a splen
For 10 years the' business grew
slowly; it was then regarded as
a "pin-money" occupation for
women and children. In 1900 the
industry started upwards 'with
leaps and bounds, keeping up
such fast pace that today only
corn, hay and cotton surpass it In
value of all fa?m products. '
'The year of the greatest
growth in value of .the -poultry
produces was.i907, when a jump
was' madeir.om' $500,000,000 to
$600,000,000. Again in-1908 the-j.
gain was nearly $100,000,000,.and;
the three following years haver
showed gains of over half the3
amount annually. '
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