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NEXT WEEK-CORN SPECIAL.
g • k/ “ ^ A Farm and Home Weekly for the States of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, end Tennessee. FOUNDED, 1890. BY DR. TAIT BUTLER. AT STARKVILLE. MISS. Volume XV. No. 9. SATURDAY. MARCH 5.1910. Weekly: $1 a Year. The “Forward, March!” in 1910 Farming: Are You Ready? I I ARCH IN RKRE: the Unit month of the 1910 crop-growing season. 1*4 os see If are ready for the “Forward, March!" of 1910 faroaiag In the Month. First of all, let as sse If we are ready to form this year with labor* »arfog tools. The man who haa only one horse msy be a good pro gressive farmer and use only oar-horse tools, but every fanner who has two or more horses should havo two-horse plows, harrows, culti vators, and other Improved Implements. The only way to make money fanning In the Month la to stop having men do work that males might do. We must stop having so many one-horse power workers. A California fanner said to us this week that out there an eight-mule team is the standard—they are more likely to have more than fewer. Whatever the number of borates we use there fore, we must have this year the most up-to-date, labor-saving tools and machinery. If these have not already been secured, postal cards should be sent tight away—-this week—for catalogs and price lists, or orders placed without delay. And Just mm we c-annot aflbnl to waste oar labor on out-of-date tools and machinery, so we cannot afford to waste onr labor on scrub seed or scrub stock this year. We have long seen the neces sity for getting improved varieties for all garden seed; now we must recognise that there are just as great advantages In having Improved varieties of com and cotton and tobacco ami all other Held crops. IHrector C. It. Williams lias shown that Improved varieties of cotton would add $*,000,000 in cotton profit* In a single State without the farmer shedding an extr* drop of sweat or giving an extra lick of wurk. The time has come when we must think too much of our hsnl work to throw It away en crude tools, poor seed, and «m rub stock. Then, too, we most are to It tlu»t we do not let Western farmers monopolise the big profits that are l*elng made In stock raising and poultry raising UiU year. There is no danger of over-production, laist year there was a decrease of 2,100,000 in the number of cattle (other ikwp milch cows) on American farms, and a decrease of tt.JMA, OOO In the uumlier of bogs. The WVsterner can no longer raise enough to supply the demand, and the opportunity of Southern farmers iu 1010 Is to get some of the big profits that come In stock raising. Profits are bigger here tiuui In any other line of farming simply because It calls for more highly skilled labor, anti skilled labor alwajs denis nils higher wages than crude labor. Prude labor can make cot ton and win a small profit, hut stock-raising demands more Intelli gent labor and pays corresjiondiugly bigger protU*. And In stock-raising or poultry-raising, to make money as West ern farmers do, we must raise Improved breeds as Western farmers do. They can laugh In their sleeves at our competition so long as wo try to catch up with them and use only scrub hogs, scrub cuttle, and scrub hens. We might as well try to best them in a race with a Kou them mule matched against a Western race-horse. _ ————— If we are ready for the “Forward! March!" in 1010 farming therefore, it means that we have not only arranged for better tools and machinery for this year for improved varieties of both field and garden crops, bat that we are going to have improved breeds of cattle, hogs, and poultry on all onr farms this year. It means that we must be arranging hog pastures for making the pork cheaply. It means that we must have caught the spirit of the great Oorn-rsleing Revival that la now sweeping over the garth—lor we ase Just finding ont* that the South can beat the Corn Belt itself In raising com If we only give the crop s chance. J* These things we have already done if we are ready to start, bat there is still time for the enterprising fanner to throw re-doubled energy into these things, get them done at once, and catch step with the great forward procession in ample time. Bnt to do this not an other day must be lost. See that orders are placed without delay Tor better tools and machinery, improved varieties of field crops, and for better hogs, cattle, and poultry. With these things done and the same spirit shown throughout tho rest of the year, there is no reason why everyone of our 100,000 subscribers can not have it said of him at the end of the year: “He is one of the county’s wide-awake fanners—one of the men who are re-making Southern agriculture and putting the South in the forefront of American progress." And is’nt it worth getting busy—right away—to win and deserve such a plaudit? FEATURES OF THIS ISSUE. Page. HOW TO START BREEDING DAIRY CATTLE. 13 CARELESS DISHWASHING PROMOTES DISEASE. 8 DO ALL THE PLOWING YOU CAN RIGHT NOW. 5 SOME MONEY-SAVING TOOLS YOU NEED.4,5 HOW TO Hl'lUI t-WAUMUJAUjI . 7 FARM AND GARDEN WORK FOR MARCH . 2 HOW A GOOD SEED RED HELPS GET A STAND AND CHEAP ENS PRODUCTION . :t HOW TO TELL WHAT FERTILIZERS YOUR LAND NEEDS. « HOW TO DOUBLE CORN YIELDS. 7 HOW STATE AND NATIONAL AGENCIES WILL HELP YOU TO BETTER FARMING. 10 TWELVE THINGS TO DO IN MARCH . 8