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H s 1 _—____ _^ ~__BIRMINGHAM, ALA..—MEMPHIS, TENN. voi. aavit. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1912. _Weekly: $1 a Year. «"'■■■M _ Keep in Touch With \\iur Experiment Station^ I IN I HIS issue will be found two short articles on cotton anthracnose, a disease which has been un usually prevalent over much of the South this year. Al most every year, however, we get inquiries from far mers as to what causes their cotton bolls to rot and how they can prevent it. The ! same thing is true of many other plant diseases, and many insect pests. The loss to the farmer from these diseases and in sect enemies is enormous. Various estimates are made as to its extent, but really no one can do more than guess at it. Often, too, the farmer does not even know, when a new disease attacks his crop, or a new insect pest appears, what the troublesome visitor is. Most of us who are “just plain farmers” are not at all well-informed as to fungi, or bacteria or all the multitude of flying, creeping and crawling things that we have to contend with. Yet it is important that we know a bout them. Often the suc cess of our crops, and the reward of our year’s labor depend upon our knowing how to fight these tiny— often invisible—foes. The Question, then, is where are we to get this information—when a new disease appears, or a new insect begins to do damage, how are we to find out what it is and how to fight it? There *8, .as a ru^e* just one place to which we can turn with reas onable certainty, and that is our State Experiment Station. Af%e e.xperiment Station there are men engaged in studying these things— men who have made it their life work to find out about the fungi and pacteria that cause the various diseases farmers see their plants suffer ng with, or who devote their time to learning how insects live and ow they can be killed These men cannot, of course, tell the farmer now to treat every plant disease or how to kill every “bug” that annoys him, for they, too, have much to learn along this line, but ev can usually give all the information that is to be had. ‘ here are other places, of course, - where information can be had on these subjects. Most farmers know something of fighting some ’“e more destructive insects, and of controlling some of the more win'h °in . n* diseases. There are various books and bulletins which anH som.e State Departments of Agriculture can give prompt it Mettf,CtlYe a*d : The Prgressive Farmer is always ready to do what sn*° v usually refers such inquiries to some Experiment Station rae., wJ- , t 38 a general rule the best thing the farmer can do in a inf OI . 8 hind is to apply directly to his Experiment Station for information and assistance ct f.'ei.y farmer should keep in close touch with the Experiment not vV0 his State, anyway The services of these institutions are eat th:aIuah*® only when disease breaks out in the crops or insects Tho it would pay .the farmer to keep in touch with his °n *or this part of its work alone, this is far from being the important part of that work. COTTON BOLLS AFFECTED WITH ANTHRACNOSE Write the Director of your Experiment Station today and ask him to put you on his regular mailing list. Here are the names and ad- 1 dresses for the different States in our territory. Alabama—J. F. Duggar, Auburn. Arkansas—C. F. Adams. Fayetteville. Louisiana—W. R. Dodson. Baton Rouge. Mississippi—E. R. Lloyd, Agricultural College. ! Tennessee—II. A. Morgan, Knoxville. Texas—B. Youngblood. College Station j FEATURES OF THIS ISSUE. FARM WORK FOR NOVEMBER —Professor Massey's Sugges tions and “Ten Things to I>o". 4 GET A PIG—The Progressive Farmer's New Campaign in Which You Should Join. 12 HOW TO IMPROVE THE GROUNDS OF OLD HOMES. 22 SIX PER CENT COTTON TARE—A Letter and an Editorial. . 13 THE COUNTRY CHURCH AND COUNTRY LIFE—How the Church ■ Can Help in Many Ways. 0 THE MISSISSIPPI STATE PAIR—A Good Display of Farm Pro ducts at Jackson. 20 THE SETTLERS WE NEED AND HOW TO GET THEM—Tv " Suggestive Letters. 3 WHEN BUYING PURE-BRED STOCK—How to Get Your Money’s Worth . ' 14 WHY A CHILD SHOULD CHEW HIS FOOD. ............. . io