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Founded 1895, at StarkOille, Hiss., by Dr. Tait Butler, Editor-in-Chief.
Volume XIV. No. 9. SATURDAY. JANUARY 23. 1909. Weekly: $1 a Year. GOOD SEED AS A GUIDE POST TO “$500 MORE A YEAR FARMING.” HKSE two photograph* (reproduced from the |9ft7 Yearbook of the 1* S. Department of Agriculture I Illustrate In a striking manner the difference between g«*od a* e<| and bad. and emphasise the point brought out by Prof \ I» Shame) that only a small proportion of the plants In an ordinary cornfield produce the maximum site and weight of ear. There Is much more difference between these two lots of corn th.»e mere look* alone, you must remember The first lot could be expected to produc* Irregular car* of varying shape* and sixes, small, tnta-shapen • art, many of them, and not at all true to the variety type The second lot might le expected to produce ears of uniform characteristics, large symmetrical, true to type, and thus to give the maximum yield If (fewer ear* wrer*. •etef'e* ''(in' * patch whet« uniformity «m the ruie. and were j not pollinated by the kind of ears shown In the first Illustration. Professor Massey has been telling you and scientists every where ar* coming to say the same thing that you cannot judge the suitability of corn for seed by the ear alone. This does not no-an. however, that a pt»«r iMJONfc • t it STB WIIITKmilS K\IO* t i o i r.i» nr.r.m «*:»r w||| do as well as a good one. It meant that th® whole plant must he taken Into consideration; and not only the plant that hours the ear, but ail that have helped to fertilise U. Smooth, symmetrical. well-filled ears, uniform and true to type, we must have to get the greatest yield*, but If these fine ears h ive been poltcnlsed by scrubby, misshapen, or barren plants, they are worthies* for wed. ThU is why you must have a Beed patch, planted with selected ««’«*! and carefully guarded and "rouged." If you expect to raise corn of the best quality for plnnllug Well bred seed Is the result of careful ■election.' having always In view the definite characteristic* desired In the plant. Haphazard re production will not give good live atock. nor will It give good seed stock. U took thirty-two years to breed the corn In the second Illustration to Its high standard but it was a paying expenditure of time and labor. Other things than good seed are necessary to make a good crop; but lw«»\* nil vn YY Hill niHN-K YIW KMOM HIKI* SH1U1KH Knit 33 Yfr: YftM. without good seed «he maximum yield Is Impossible. It does not pay to *P**m| labor on scrub seed or scrub st*»ck; and It depends on your own ef fort* whether you have scrub stock and scrub seed, or good stock and good sc*nl Plant a seed corn patch this year. INDEX TO THIS WEEK’S ISSUE. A tiood Poultry House, Mrs. J. f\ Deaton . II A Kysteut of Farm Water-Work*. It. P. Wright . l’» A Wasteful ami lnjuH«Kiw Practice. I Cattle Quarantine Regulations, A. II. IVttlbone. II Crontt'Kond* Club Discusses Cotton, W. K. Massey. *» store n ie*r: now iu Mtuc n—it. z CJet Iteady for tho Weevil.... X How lo Kt win I no a Horse for Purclia**e or Houndiiewa. to Mobile and Ohio Agricultural Special . 3 Negl»M'ted Opportunities In Three States . 4 One S**um»h on a Truck Farm, A. II. Moorman . 15 Our Farmers Work Too Hard, Mrs. Joseph L. Cohke. 12 I’rsetleal Turkey ItaUing, Miss F. C. (Jlles. 14 riant a Patch of Cotton for Seed, W. F. Massey. it Something About Soy Roans, W. F, Massey. 5 Tho First Duty of Southern Statesmanship . 4 The Time to Spray, W. F. Massey. 5 Wiser Fating Will Make You JIO Per Cent .More Fllieieiit. tl Why Not Reduce These Taxes This Year?. S Where tho Difference Comes In. x What the Legumes Would Do for Us. W. F. Massey. it Wliat Women Can Do for the Public Schools, Miss Mary T. Nance, 13