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Volume XV, No. 10. _ SATURDAY. MARCH 12. 1910. Weekly: $1 a Year. The South is the Real Corn Beit! nave been advertising the champion corn forms r of the Com Belt last year, and he made only ISS but he Is on an acre. One of our Southern readers mod* 226 bushels on an acre. It only remains now for us to set out to do on a large scale what we have already suc ceeded so overwhelmingly in doing on a smalt scale. As was pointed out last week, we have the advantage of the West in three points —*temperature, sunshine, and rainfall. They have the advantage in one point humus in the soil. We can get this humus. And the best way to get it is by growing nitrogen-gathering crops — cowpeas and clover, greatest of all in addition to max imum quon'ities of stable manure. It has come to be 0 « a saying among farmers that a gocd c/ov ump doubles the corn yield after it. And while this is not wholly true there ie good reason for the rising proverb, "If corn is King, clover is Queen.” Keep this supreme fact in mind: We nied just one thing to beat the West raising corn more humus in the soil. Of course, this means that we must use the same progrts sive methods that the Western farmer uses: (i.) We must select our seed corn m re curefu'ly. We must have prolific, ncll-brtd varieties, anil select seed in the field, preferably from a seed patch; the best individual stalks, and then the best ears from these best stalks. (2 ) Then there must be better preparation of the land and proper fertilization. (J.) We must cultivate mere eheuply---with weeders, har rows, two- horse cultivators, elc., doing us ay with expensive hand-hoeing. (4.) In laying-by we must avoid the old folly of cutting j the roots by cultivating too deep. “Dsep preparation and shallow cultivation ” should be our motto. (5.) After having made the crop we should get the most out of it by getting the full value of the stalk. Only 51 per | cent, of the feeding value is in the ear, and the other 49 per cent, must be had through silage or shredding. Join in the great corn raising revival now sweeping over the South. We have failed with corn heretofore because we have always made it subordinate to cot ton, giving cotton the best land, the best fertilization, the best attention and culti vation; making com merely a side issure. Let us change our methods in 1910 and prove by our general aver age, as we have already proved by individual yields, that the South can beat the so-called Com Belt itself making this king of cereals. The farmer who makes the biggest com yield in his county is coming to be a bigger man than sheriff, and the boys who lead in their counties are honored like the victors in the old Olym pian games. And this is welt for these men and boys are community-builders and State builders. FEATURES OF THIS ISSUE. BIG CORN CROPS AND GOOD FARMING . ft BE CAREFUL WITH WORK STOCK NOW . 1ft BEST VARIETIES OF CORN. 7 DON’T BREED FOR PRETTY EARS ONLY . ft GROWING WATERMELONS AND SWEET POTATOES. 17 GRAZING CROPS FOR HOGS. 1ft IIOW TO FERTILIZE CORN. ft HOW MR. FRENCH MAKES BIG CORN CROPS .. « HOW TO SELECT SEED CORN. 10 HOW TO ORGANIZE A BOYS’ CORN CLUB. 1ft HOW SOME READERS MAKE BIG CORN CROPS.1» PREPARATION OF CORN LAND. READING COURSE IN FERTILIZERS.1® RAISING BROODER CHICKS. *• J^HE biggest agricultural discovery the South has made t*ese last five years is that we are in the Com Belt-that we are, in fact, the real Corn Belt In point of temperature, sun shine and rainfall, we have advantages over the West, and every time individual Southern formers have set out to beat the West in yields they have done if. The Western papers GOOD EARS THAT WILL HELP MAKE GOOD CROPS. ISce article “How to Select Seed Corn" on pave 10.) (•oil gate u* these cotton land*, a goodly heritage, with the wise injunction: "By the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread"—not make cotton to buy bread.—From the declaration of the Georgia State Farmers’ I'niou.