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HOW TO GET BETTER CORN CROPS—Pawn .1, 5, 8, 18.
_Ali ' ~~ “ MI OA^HTTE A Farm and Home Weekly for Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. BIRMINGHAM, ALA.,—MEMPHIS, TENS. YoL XXVII. No. 10._SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1«>12. Weekly 7 $1 Year.' .. —— ■■ ———— — - - —■■ ^i ! 10,000 Boys for Our Progress^ Farmer Corn Club. WF. want 10,000 Progressive Farmer boys under eighteen years of age in The Progressive Farmer’s 1912 Corn Club. We want 10,000 and we ought to have them. Through The Progressive Farmer alone over $1,000 worth of prizes for the best yield will be offered; and entering The Progressive Farmer’s contest will not prevent anv bov from usimr _ •a chance at an extra S.000 worth of prizes without cost. On the other hand, any boy who lives in some community where the people are not wide enough awake to have general corn contests, can enter rhc Progressive Farmer's contest and compete for his share of our $1,000 worth ol prizes. We say $1,000 but we hope to carry the tig ure to nenrlv $1.500—nossiblv $2000 the same acre in competition for prizes offered by anybody else. In fact, we hope every Progressive Farmer boy who can do so, will contest not only for The Progressive Farmer’s $1,000 worth of prizes, but also for the prizes offered by the National De Ipartment of Agriculture, the State Departments of Agriculture, and other organizations and snr»etk ^ it costs absolutely ix-.ning to c> 'r > re gressive Farmer’s contest. The only requirements are (1) that some member of the boy’s family must be a subscriber to The Progressive Farmer; (2) that Iheboy must have been born after January 1st, 1894, and (3) that a report of the crop must be made to us as shown on page 13 of this issue. Our $1,000 worth of prizes will include farm implements and machinery, fertilizers, wagons, Berk shire and Poland China pigs, canning machines, cul tivators, plows, seeders, etc., etc. There will be special prizes for each State. Some prizes will be awarded for the biggest yields per acre and some for 'he best showing of profit. Every boy who makes ,lVer fifty bushels per acre, whether he wins a prize 'a'not, will get an attractive button or badge, with 'he words, “Over Fifty Bushels Corn Per Acre. A Progressive Farmer Boy Who ‘Got There.’ ” iwep t!iis fact in mind: if you are entered Now, let us have 10,000 farm hoys in one great army right away. As The Progressive Farmer goes into 150,000 farm homes each week, it would take hut one from every fifteen homes to carry our en rollment of hoys to 10,000—and what an army that would he! The inspiration that the contest would create would remain with these 10,000 hoys for ever after. As one farm mother wrote us the other day: “I am sure that my boy will never again be content to make only 15 or 20 bushels of corn per acre.” Every farmer who has a son eligible to enter this contest should see that he takes advantage of the op portunity. It will encourage self-reliance in the boy. It will interest him in all farm problems. It will set him thinking about the many useful things in which it would otherwise be hard to interest him. It will make him ambitious to do something extraordinarily well—which is the basis of success. It may be just the thing that is needed to find the latent ambition in him, and make the difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinarily useful life. In other words, this prize acre may make a man of him— a successful man. We do not think that in this Corn Club Contest we are merely helping to make more corn. We are helping make more manhood. The boy’s acre will BENNIE BEESON, Monticello, Miss. First Prize Winner in The Progressive Farmer Corn Contest last year. He made 227 bushels on his acre and says that much of his success was due to the help he re ceived from The Progressive Farmer. d7 °ther corn contest you can enter The Pro 'ltiSS've Farmer’s contest with the same acre. You simply get | FEATURES OF THIS ISSUE. ''..\UTE,i OF A BILLION DOLLARS FROM BETTER SEED— Hi 'i* ;s "hat Inferior Seeds Now Cost. f> -IIUZAWON OF COTTON-A Little Study of the Crop’s Needs 0 <H It CHILDREN GOOD BOOKS—A Home Without Good Matter is Poor Indeed . 1" I(( FERTILIZE THE ORCHARD—Trees Need Fertilizing 0, ,, ,!lt’ s»me as Other Crops. 21 ■ S<>H s ARE TOO POOR TO GROW CORN—If You Doubt It, shuT^T ,lle Average Yields. ls V i, SELL HAY OR FEED IT?—A Big Question to Be ; S(»\|p"1 '’.v Each Farmer for Himself. SO 1 Vi s TO INCREASE THE YIELD OF CORN-Better Seed, \\'H \T t' ‘ ''rparation, Better Cultivation . H l(> DO WHEN THE STOCK GET SICK—Don’t Doctor hy J0f RAVE TRAVELING LIBRARIES?—How They Would Why sru'^1 How to Get Them. 16 is ■ 1 1 lfERN CORN CROPS ARE SO SMALL—The Reason " Hv Turj™* n Depleted Soils and Poor Farming. 8 to pi. >EICE OF COTTON HAS GONE UP—Don’t Be Induced WHY Yor ' u fYop hy the Recent Rise. \Vh t M,ol Ll) PROTECT THE BIRDS—Have You Any Idea a Robin or a Quail is Worth?. 10 increase me pioumiion ui yuui own i;um, mu me richest return will he in the good it will do the hoy himself. We repent that we hope every eligible hoy in our great Progres sive Farmer Family will enter the contest and will have the encour agement of his parents. Where the hoy himself does not first men tion the matter, we hope his father will look into it and encourage him to enter the contest. Where the father is not awake to the im portance of the movement, we are confident we can at least appeal to the mother of the hoy. Let us have 10,000 wide-awake Southern farm hoys in The Pro gressive Farmer’s contest. Sign the blank herewith, cut it out, and mail at once to 1 he Progressive Farmer. p o____ —State-Date-1912. Pubs. The Progressive Farmer, Raleigh. N. C. Gentlemen:—I wish to enter The Progressive Farmer Hoys’ Corn Contest for 1912. 1 wilt cultivate an acre of land, doing alt the work myself, except help in breaking and harvesting, and will send you a report of the cost of crop. 1 will not be eighteen years old before January 1st, 1913, and a member of my family is a subscriber to The Progressive Farmer. Boy’s Name-— -