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J. D. Dean, Editor
Prof A. B Nystrom Dairy
Granvii.lk Lowther Horticulture
1) Tancrkd Poultry
Hattik Hainks Churchill The Home
Margaret Wyh I he Children
C. S. Whitmore, Advertising Manager
New York Representative: S. E. Leith,
200 Fifth Aye. Bldg.
Chicago Kepresentitive: D. C. Kreidler,
Steger Building.
St. Louis Representative: C. A. Cour,
410 Globe-Democrat Bldg.
THE WASHINGTON FARMER
To express more fully the scope of
its work and to conform to its future
policy, the name of this paper with
this issue changes to Tne Washington
Farmer.
This publication recently passed
to the ownership of Miller Freeman,
of Seattle, its founder, who published
it for several years as The Ranch,
and who is thoroughly familiar with
agricultural conditions in the North
west.
Changes in these conditions, as
well as changes in general business
conditions, call for a change in the
policy of the farm paper that is to
render the best service to agriculture
in this state. The business of farm
ing in Washington is of sufficient
magnitude to engage the exclusive
attention of the journal that under
takes to adequately represent it.
The Washington Farmer will there
fore devote itself solely to working
with the farmers of this state who are
preaching and practicing better
farming for Washington. It is plan
ned to work along different plans
than have been followed by many
farm papers, and its readers are as
sured a more interesting and more
helpful paper. It will have the best
statt" of regular writers to be secured,
and the first concern will be the best
possible service to its readers.
This concentration of effort to the
state of Washington is certain to give
better service to its readers, and, it
naturally follows, to advertisers as
well. Advertisers desiring to reach
the farmers of this territory have
long stood in need of one strong pa
per that could be depended upon to
cover the state of Washington. They
have long since learned that the
best returns are secured through
mediums whose circulation is con
centrated in one state. In the East
they have used with great success
such papers as the Ohio Farmer, the
Micbigan Farmer, the Nebraska
Farmer, the Kansas Farmer and
numerous others that could be relied
upon to cover certain states. Coming
to the Northwest, however, the ad
vertiser found a number of papers
that attempted to cover the entire
territory without being able to show
any considerable strength in any one
state.
The Washington Farmer will con
centrate its energy on Washington,
and it is hoped that the result of this
effort will be a publication that will
be considered in every way worthy of
the support of every farmer in the
state by reason of its superior servioe
to readers and advertisers.
Optimism stalks abroad in Washington
since the crop reports were published.
They are great.
THE WASHINGTON FARMER
Washington
Farmer,
SUCCESSOR TO THE RANCH
Entered at the Postottlce at Kent, Wash., as Second Class Matter
Published semi monthly on the first and fifteenth by The Washington Farmer
Publishing Co., at Kent, Wash.
SEATTLE OFFICE:
500 Mutual Life Building, Seattle.
During the meeting of the last leg
islature the citizens of Bellevue had
prepared a bill for the purpose of or
ganizing improvement districts out
side of incorporated cities for the
purpose qf ornamenting and beautify
ing the public road and highways.
The bill was introduced by Mr.
Kennedy but did not beftme a law.
They are anxious that it shall become
a law at the next meeting of the leg
islature and desire the assistance of
the people who are interested in mat
ters of this kind. The law provides
that any body of citizens along a
public highway can form an improve
ment district for the purpose of
planting and caring for shade trees,
keeping the weeds cut and beautify
ing the roads in any manner. A
board of commissioners is elected at
a special meeting to have charge of
this work and a tax not to exceed
one mill can be voted. The passage
of such a law and its enforcement
should add greatly to the beauty of
the public roadways of Washington.
We hope to see the law enacted.
Lt is a pleasure to know of the suc
cess of the North Pacific Fruit Dis
tributors in their efforts last year to
dispose of the fruit of the Pacific
Northwest farmers. Manager Robbins
reports that they handled last year
3958 cars of fruit. Of these Yakima
furnished 1273; Hood River 995;
Wenatchee 322; Walla Walla 396;
Garfleld 105 and Spokane 214. Mon
tana, Idaho and Oregon points fur
nished 713 cars. Of the total number
of cars shipped 2655 were apples; 440
cars of peaches; 227 cars of prunes;
85 cars of pears; 12 cars of grapes;
three cars of watermelons; seven
cars of canteloupes; 14 cars of crab
apples and 459 miscellaneous and
mixed fruits. The company has
leased additional space at the Spo
kane office and is preparing to handle
about 50 per cent more fruit than was
handled last year.
The annual meeting of the Wash
ington State Veterinarian Medical
Association will be held at Wulla
Walla June 18th and 19th. It is espe
cially requested that all veterinarians
in the state and all men interested
in livestock attend. Home of the
ablest men of the state will read pa
pers on subjects of importance to the
livestock industry.
The June Ist crop report issued by
the government places the total wheat
yield this year at 900, (XX),000 busuels.
While for the past five years the aver
age yield has been 086,000,691 bushels.
It now looks as though the wheat
yield of the United States this year
would be nearly 30 per cent above
the average. The same good showing
is made by oats and barley.
A PROGRESSIVE FAIR
There is no community too small
to hold a fair of the kind advocated
by Professor H. L. Blancbard, and no
community where such a fair would
not be of greater educational value
tban some of the large and well
known fairs. At a recent gathering
of progressive farmers in a small
community it was proposed to hold a
fair to show what they are producing.
It was their ambition to secure a
large exhibit of livestock from out
side breeders and put on a fair that
would compare in size with some of
the established agricultural shows.
Professor Blanchard, however, point
ed out that this would require too
heavy an expenditure and advised
them to make their fair a local ex
hibit, presented in such a way as to
have some educational value.
"Go out and get the best cows in
your community. Bring them in
with their milk records and their
butterfat tests. Tell how they were
fed and when they gave better than
the average flow of milk. Secure
some competent man to judge this
lot of cows and tell you of the dairy
type and show you how you may be
better able to select your stock. Get
out a representative exhibit of your
local products, livestock, vegetables,
fruits and grains and then study
them. Learn where they may be im
proved. "
A fair of this kind would be worth
while for any community.
The teachers' summer school at
Puyallup, under the auspices of the
State College, is doing good work in
preparing teachers for giving agricul
tural instruction in the public
schools. The schools have too long
followed a course tbat directs the
pupil away from the farm, when it
would have been just as easy to pro
vide instruction that would interest
him in agricultural pursuits. Public
school teachers who are interested in
agricultural subjects and who are
capable of aiousing the same interest
iv their pupils will rio much toward
making the coming generation better
farmers. The school o{.ens June 15th
and will be in session six weeks. A
large attendance is expected.
Tbe crop prospects of the state
have been greatly improved since
our last issue by thr.e day's raiu.
May past was tbe dryest May month
for many years aud farmers had be
gun to become worried. The raiu
came at an opportune time and add
ed thousands to tbe wealth of North
west farmers. Possibly some straw
berry crops were lost, but a longer
season was assured and the results
will be satisfactory.
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE:
50 Cent* a Year—s Cents a'Copy.
Seattle, Cauada and Foreign subscription*,
Seventy five • ents a Year.
The Washington Farmer Guarantee:
No advertising will be accepted by The
Wat<hington Farmer except with the under
standing that the advertiser will fairly ful.
fill every obligation in all transactions with
our subscribers.
The Washington Farmer guarantees every
advertisement, will fully protect every »ub
scriber to this paper against loss through
misrepresentation or fraud on the part of
the advertiser. It is a condition of this
guarantee that the subscriber in writing to
advertisers must mention The Washington
Farmer and that in case of any unsatisfac
tory transaction, the publishers must be
notified within fifteen days from the date
thereof.
A PROFITABLE INVESTMENT
The increase in profits which fol
lows improvement of stock and equip
ment is shown by the record of a
farm in an Easten state. The owners
of this farm, which was managed in
the old-fashioned way, kept 16 cows
and sold their butter in the local
markets for '27 to 30 cents a pound.
The herd consisted of ordinary cows
of mixed breeding which were allow
ed to run most of the year, but were
tied up in the "overshoot" at milk
ing time. In 1911, becoming dis
satisfied with results, the owners de
cided to ship cream to a nearby oity.
This was found to be more profitable,
as they received 45 to 50 cents a
pound for butterfat; but on the first
visit of the inspector the buildings
were pronounced unsanitary. The
cellar of the dwelling house was used
as a dairy house; the barn was an old
time general-purpose barn; there was
no silo on the place. The water sup
ply, which was pumped by a wind
mill from the neighboring creek, was
considered unfit for washing dairy
utensils.
The owner built a new barn, a dairy
house and a new silo at a cost of
$1,789. The new barn is a one-story
building large enough for 30 cows but
so constructed that the cows can be
kept clean with the least amount of
labor. The old barn was retained for
storage purposes. Record sheets and
scales for weighing miik were obtain
ed and daily weighings of milk were
made.
At, the present time the herd has
been increased to 30 head of as Rood
cows of mixed breeds as could be
purchased, but it is doubtful if they
are as good as those in the original
herd. A purebred Holstein bull has
been placed at the head of the herd.
Four purebred animals of the same
breed have recently been added.
Following the advice of the dairy ex
perl, better methods of feeding in
creased tne yield of milk. The herd
records show that during the year
ending September 30, 1913, the aver
age yield of milk per cow was 502
pounds more than during the previ
ous year, because of the improved
condition of the buildings a better
price is received for tne milk, so
with the eased yield combined
with tie higher value of the product
the average profit from each cow was
increased to the extent of 824 79 per
annum.
Purebred stock of hi^h producing
families, with modern time and labor
saving machinery, are profitable in
vestments for tbe daityman here in
the West as well as in the East.
Head tbe advertisements in The
Washington Farmer. It pays.
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