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Kaffir Corn and Hogs
J. A. Boll*, Port Gibson. M:»h. Editor Gazette: I cannot answer so many let ters and consequently am forced to ask your indulgence aga*n for a little space Kaffir corn is the subject and fcr the benefit of all I will tell what I know and not intrude much on your space. I am glad however there is so j much interest being manifested on new lines by the farmers of our state. It shows an awaken ing that must result in great good not far in the future. Cot ton is king, but he has a very poor dynasty and until we can break his sole reign we can not hope for improvement—but par don me, I am no lecturer. Kaffir corn is a tropical plant and ranks first in tbe sorghum family in utility to the farmer. Tbe seed makes a nutritious bread on which a whole nation subsists in South Africa, and the blades and stalks fill the ox and goat that make their meat. Imported into Spain and from there here as a gift of benign Providence to lighten tbe bur* dens of tbe Southern farmer, it will grow and produce this far from its native soil in overflow ing abundance. It should be planted in a dry location—i. e., land well drained, as too much moisture causes rot in both seed and stalk. The ground should be plowed deep —as deep as possible. It is among the deepest feeders. Then harrowed smooth, planted on a level in drills 1 feet apart, and sowed not quite so thick as you would turnips. Fertilizing should be done around the plant and cultivated in. Cultivation should be enough to keep down crusts and grass, in fact its cul tivation should be done princi pally in preparing the land. It should not be planted earlier than the full opening of spring, when the ground is warm. When you want grain you will have to grow it for grain, which takes longer. When you want forage you can commence to cut when two and a half or three feet high. This is when it is relished by stock, hogs more es pecially. There need be no fear of killing by cutting. Frost is its only deadly enemy. After maturing seed it will produce fodder abundantly from I the stubhle. I think the red is more hardy hut the difference is very small between red and white. Of the two extremes of wet and dry. the drought is less damaging. When the ground is stirred it will grow vigorously during the loogest droughts, and yield more abundantly of seed. I would like to impress an opin-on here. A stimulated growth produces saccharine mat ter, and docs not produce seed abundantly, while a stunted growth produces propertionatc mnrp israin. l'rr tili/tnir should be according to individu al ideas. 1 would not advise the use of any fertilizer that is not organic because it is a humbug. There is nothing better than good old cow "nure”. Clay lands, I think, are best for it when abounding in humus. Now, brother farmers, I have answered about all your ques tions; and as you all seem to be hog raisers, I want to form a little organization of my own. I want the name of every farmer who will pledge himself to try to raise five meat hogs to weigh 1200 pounds each for his own family eating during l'K»7 and every year thereafter. I want to put his name in my little book, as a correspondent. It will be an organization without a president, but with an enroll ment of quite a little army to fight the meat bears and trusts, if you will join me. Indeed if we had an effectual organization | of this kind, the bears and bulls and trusts would a1! go dead and hog meat would taste much bet ter. Its name shall be "South ern Hog Jolc Company”. Initia tion shall be two cents which you ran spend for postage in sending me your name. Come on, ail ye little farmers especial ly. No joke. 1 would like to have your name. The future to develop us. Editorial note: Mr. Bolls is on the right road in advocating the use of manure, instead of commercial fertilizer. But to argue that no commercial fertili zer should be used is going too for. A plant in need of nitrogen, for instance, will be glad to get it, whether the root of a cow pea has gathered it from the air, whether lightning has caused it to be brought down by rain from the air into the soil, or whether mining has produced the nitro BUR CLOVER SEED ^ Bur clover makes the finest of a«i Winter pSSturOS* No freeze will kill it. It is adapted to almost any kind of soil and is worth as a SOll improver many times the price of a few ousb cl« of seed; and it reseeds itself. Cattle, horses, hogs and sheep eat it with relish, as it comes on when all other grasses arc in the yellow leaf; and grows throughout fall, winter and spring, afford ing a bountiful pasture during that time. Now is a good time to sow it. Bur clover and Bermuda thrive together on the Same ground, thereby lengthening the pasture season to 12 monins. Very little, if any. preparation of the ground is necessary to grow bur clover. Seed $2 per bushel in any quantity. H. A. BEATTIE, Starkville, Miss. Hie Mississippi Iiklriil Exposition will be open from November 5 lo 10 inclusive. It will this year excel previous expositions in the number of persons attending and in the anraher^nd quality of exhibits. Kntries of stock, poul. try. etc will be open till the evening of Tuesday, November *», Premiums awarded the Mb. sales commencing afterwards and continuing till the close of the exposition. For catalogue and other information address J. F. McKAY, Skc., Jackson, Miss. OATS AM) VETCH MIXED Seed for sale by the Agricultural and Mechanical College at |St.00 per bushel while they last. Address I w. R. PERKINS, Agricultural Collage, Hitt. exceptionally fust in harness and a good "ail* dler. Six years old, sound, quiet, weighs over ')'Ki pounds. Address DRAWER A, Starkvllle. MISS. Last Special Price List ,'"xhoun'1* clo,clv "lai,Ml r to the great winners S nner, Sing and Spyc. Also price list on Poland Chinas, Short Horn and Angus cattle, Southdown sheep, If. P. Rock chickens and other poultry. 1 furnish any kind of stork and p'ace my personal guar antee on everything. One stallion at a bargain. Don’t fail to wiitc me before buying. It will save you money. J. D. STODGHILL, Shki.uvvu li., Kv.