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$500 More a Year Farming: How to Get It
‘‘Why the “$500 More a Year Farming" Articles Were WTritten
and Their Spirit—To Be Published in Book Form.
By Tait Butler.
WITH SOME three or four ex
ceptions only, an article un
der the above title, and deal
ing with some one or more of our
important agricultural problems has
appeared in The Progressive Farmer
each week during the past two years.
The one dominating idea of this se
ries of articles has been that the
average Southern farmer is not
earning enough—is not getting suf
ficient financial returns for his la
bor. Another idea closely associated
with the one just stated and furnish
ing the chief motive for the publica
tion of these articles, is that more
must be earned by the average farm
worker; that is, he must obtain
more money before our rural sec
tions can enjoy the best and most
comfortable farm homes; before
they can make and maintain good
roads, before they can build and
equip satisfactory schools and estab
lish such other rural institutions as
are required by the best modern
rural civilization. More money than
is necessary to do these things we
would not ask for the Southern
farmer; but these are his by right
and may and should be his by hon
est achievement.
These have been the aims and pur
poses in the production of this series
of articles and while they have not
contained as much definite and de
tailed information as we had hoped,
yet, if we can accept as sincere the
many letters and expressions of ap
proval which have come to us, the
series was wise in its conception,
timely in its development and has
been helpful in its execution.
Three Essential Problems.
In selecting the subjects which
should make up the series, we kept
constantly in mind the need of more
money, for the betterment of farm
life, and at all times have tried to
give some aid towards the solution
of the three basic or essential prob
lems of the Southern farmer, which,
as stated at the outset, are:
1. A more productive soil, secured
through drainage, the prevention of
washing, and the addition of humus
by crop rotation and the feeding of
more and better live stock.
2. Increasing the efficiency and
earning power of the farm worker
by equipping him with a better
knowledge of agriculture, with more
and better work stock and with more
modern labor-saving implements.
3. The making of better rural
homes and schools, that those who
till the soil may enjoy the same com
forts and privileges and obtain the
same preparation for their life work
as those who engage in any other
In response to a more or less gen
eral and persistent demand it has
been decided to publish these arti
cles in book form and during the
next few months they will be offered
to our readers and other Southern
farmers in permanent and conven
ient form. They will appear in the
book practically as they have been
published in The Progressive Farm
er, with little change or alteration,
except to arrange in a more logical
and systematic order.
The prizes for the best ten-ear
lots in our Boys' Corn-Growing Con
est were awarded as follows: 1, J. C.
l^ewis, Reedy Branch, N. C.; 2,
Isham H. Snowden, Chumley, Miss;
3, Frank Moore, Winona, S. C.; 4,
Alfred Stewart, Caledonia. Miss.
It has been the purpose of this
series of articles to point out a few
definite methods of better farming
from which experience has conclu
sively proved better financial or
t practical results surely follow.
1^ Wlmt the Articles Have Tried to
. Tench.
I While our chief aim has been to
teach facts, our greatest care has
i been to make no statements that
were not in line with the best scien
tific or practical agricultural opinion
of the day. We have aimed at giv
ing facts as understood by the best
agricultural authorities of the times,
rather than in airing personal opin
ions or individual experiences.
At no time have we had any idea
of covering all phases of Southern
agricultural problems, nor of trying
to exhaust any of the subjects dis
cussed. Moreover, no attempt has
been made to lay down "hard and
fast" ruleB, but to Btate facts and
principles which are unchangeable
and the same everywhere, differing
'MlIJ 111 UICII **l’l,**'»*1 Iv/Il IU lilt? Jf*
ing conditions met with on the dif
ferent farms.
No writer cnn tell any farmer how
to manage the details of his farming.
Only one man can know how to run
a farm and that is the man living on
it, hut the farmer can receive help
through acquiring a knowledge of
facts the facts underlying and di
recting the best agricultural meth
ods and practices. The aim of this
series of articles has been to put
Into simple language the most im
portant of those facts and principles,
which will be of assistance to the
Souhern farmer in doing better farm
Some have not found in these ar
ticles the help they needed most, and
none have found all they wanted.
Moreover some things have been dis
cussed which all did not find appre
ciable to their conditions, but noth
ing has appeared in them which has
not been found practicable and prof
itable by actual trials in hundreds
•f cases and by successful farmers
working under the average general
farm conditions existing throughout
the South.
Honorable mention in this class is
also due John Seagle and Arthur
Haines, of Virginia. If Mr. Seagle
had not won in another prize, he
would have been awarded fourth in
this class.
Our New York correspondent, Mr.
F. J. Hoot, writes us that at the
National nee Keepers’ Association
in Albany last month a movement
was started for an advertising cam
paign in behalf of a more general
use of honey. Mr. Root estimates
that the average consumption of
honey in the United States is not
over three-fourths of a pound per
year per capita, surely a very small
amount when the healthfulness and
the palatability of this food are con
sidered together with the large con
sumption of other sweets. “It is a
neglected industry,” says our cor
respondent, "but I can think of no
food product with greater chance of
expansion.” The remedy Mr. Root
proposes is more advertising by
apiarists so that the public may
learn better to appreciate good
honey. This is well enough, but be
fore there is any great increase in
consumption there must be an in
crease in production. It is not too
much to say that in our territory
there are ten farmers who could
make bees pay them handsomely to
every one now keeping bees. It is
a subject worth considering.
In this connection we might say,
too, that the U. S. Department of
Agriculture has recently issued a
circular on the two worst diseases
with which the bee keeper has to
contend—American and European
“foul brood.” Any one having trou
ble with these diseases should write
for a copy of this publication to the
Division of Publications, Department
of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.
Messrs. Editors: The silo furnish
es a succulent feed all winter, saves
the entire corn plant, increases the
milk flow, cheapens the ration and
keeps the animals in better health.
From 30 to 50 per cent ol the
corn crop is lost under the present
conditions of curing fodder—this can
be saved by the use of a silo.
If any reader has ten or more
cows it will pay him to build a silo
and now is the time to get ready.
Find out where you can get hoops,
lugs and cement, or any other ma
rl__ :
terial needed. Figure on the cost of
filling, etc. See if you can not get
two or three of your neighbors in
terested in the matter and go to
gether in buying equipment so that
the expense of starting this new
work will be divided.
Now is the time to get busy with
pencil, paper and “thinker,” and find
out whether you can afford to ds
without a silo longer.
“I have been reading your great
paper two years, and it has helped
me from $30 a month to $70. I am
manager for a big rice, cotton and
corn plantation”—J. P. Parson, Lake
Providence, La.
7, 8 or 9 Per Cent Guaranteed
on Sums From $50 to $200
To a limited number of Progressive Farmer
and Gazette readers of character and standing
in their respective communities, we shall be
glad to send particulars concerning a thor
oughly gilt-edge investment guaranteeing 7$
at least, with 8 or 9# as a possibility. No
large amounts taken.
Starkville, Miss.
It is a book for farmers, because it tells in plain, simple language the
things most farmers need most to know about ine use of fertilizers.
Read What They Say About It .
«• *-tP£LJe,fn ^ ^
j'1 *f**ri't *••“«>■» timely treatise on e subject of v'tel import
“°®.. The book can be reed with profit by every man who u.ee fertilisers at alL In Farmers’
Institute work, I shall be glad to call the attention of farmera to this book."
kN!WTnr™* b(x:k. WOD,kl fit nlce,s *B « text book for the rural schools,
th" high schools The subject is most appropriately treated and it tells *hat
.u uw them in a plan. straightforward way. and with .ut the confuHon
Ev®rXK i j£e u“ ofLterm* unfamiliar to the average user of fertiliser*. I consider
r or tuning lor rant a vary nappy hit.
Cloth Binding, 75 Cents; Paper, 50 Cents.
Send us one new yearly subsriber at $1, and we will send you a
paper-bound copy free. J
The Progressive Farmer, Starkville, Miss.
Turning under velvet beans and making a perfect s
in one operation at a Southern Experiment Station
IT will plow any Southern soil from 8 to 16 inch
cut off roots and bring them to the top, and } it
seed-bed. No other agricultural implement is.00**" *
condition ot the soil, increasing crops and e.
“NVe tried deep plowing for corn, alfalfa and "iXmrirXral N00/
cotton, and find wherever these machines have fill * * "c n
been used the crops are better. We believe S'
they are the plows for the South.” AAMD
Pinson s& CeiRtr,
Sept. 10, 1910.
Write today for our Booklet “ O ” containing •
Machine at work in Southern soils, and over 30 p'"*
over the country telling that the machine has pr
These letters are published with full name^OSCS
The Spalding Tilling

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