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ITEMS OF INTEREST TO THE FARMER AND STOCK GROWER The number of catttle dipped in Ma rion county is, 1263. ■•* * • The Citrus Fruit Exchange is ap pealing for emergency freight rates to keep perishing crops from going to waste. •• • • Preparation of Land for Watermelons Marion, Citrus and Lake county watermelon growers should get their seed m the ground before February 20, says A. P. Spencer, vice-director of agricultural extension work in Florida. The season of planting may be from the 10th to the 20th, depend ing on labor conditions. From that section northward, the seed should be planted about ten days to two weeks later for each 50 miles. In South Florida the seed should be in the ground by January 25 to February 1. Early planting is necessary so as to give time for replanting when needed, and at the same time to imure an early crop. The preparation of land for water melons is simple. Usually new ground is secured, or, if land, it should not have grown watermelons in the past five or six years. Plow new laud four to five inches deep put it in a good state of cultivation. This plow ing shou’d be done early so that the capillary action of the water in the soil will be active when the seed is placed in the ground. If the ground is not p owet until a few days before planting the upper surface will be dry and this will make it. difficult to get a good stand of plants. When the ground is plowed, harrowed and a good seedbed made, thn checks should then be laid out either SxlO or 10x10 (feet); then, about ten days before planting, apply 400 to 600 pounds fertilizer to the WHITE STAR LINE TRANSFER STORAGE Ocala , PHONE 296 ' '**< f j % H£|jaKKgplpK a..,, 1 ' iJTt *> 1 * 4 v * Expert Movers, Packers and Shippers of Furniture, Pianos Etc. Heavy Rigging for Hoisting and Loading Safes, Boilers Etc. Special Equipment for Moving Cattle and Hogs Always at your service all ways We Move anything anywhere SEED POTATOES SPAULDINGS NO. 4 ROSE EARLY RED BLISS TRIUMPH IRISH COBBLERS We are fortunate in our contracts which make it possible to quote low-) est market PRICES. i ’ It will pay you to get our PRICE S before buving, and our du ALITY before planting. . Our SEED POTATOES are the highest quality MAINE GROWN select ed especially for seed. . Send for FREE CATALOGUE and SEED SPECIAL, giving REVISED PRIES on new crop SEED BEANS. PEAS, RED SEAL TOMATO and CU CUMBER SEED, PEPPER, etc. We carry all*the leading and standard varieties of seeff that have been tested and known to be adapted to our soil and climate. SEED OATS, RYE VETCH, RAPE etc. The planting season is near at hand. Our information service Is free, Chll on us for any information on your crops you might think we can supply. OLDEST AND LARGEST SEED HOUSE IN FLORIDA E. 4. MARTIN SEED COMPANY 202306 E. Bay St. JachaoovHla. Fla. HY-TEBT SEEDS INSURE GOOD CJtOPS " __ Banner Ads See the People Who Buy acre, freshening the soil before put ting in the fertilizer. By doing this the fertilizer will be well incorpo rated with the soil, and there will be no danger of injury to the seeds from the caustic action of the fer tilizer. It is usually advisable to plant again two or three times, with about a week intervening between plantings. After the seeds are planted no culti vation is advisable until the danger of frost is over. Those who cultivate before this time always take a risk on the crops being injured more se verely should frost occur, —Agricul- tural News Service. ** * . A good habit is to have a covered kettle into which scraps of fat can be dropped to be dried out twice a week. Strain and boil with a few slices of Irish potatoes to remove flavors or odors. •* • * No farm is modem or progressive, however find the cattle or machinery if the farm house has not running water and other conveniences. ■* * • Do not urge guests to eat more than they want; it is rude. Do not load the table; it is not healthful. •* * * Dannie Monroe of Jefferson county has accomplished something that should open the eyes of every boy and most of the men in Florida. W’hat is it? He took a 67-pound purebred Curoc pig and in 145 days made him grow so fast and big the judges at the fair in Jacksonville had to say he tfas the best shown. By having the best, he won S3O and a trip to Chicago, the trip being paid for by Armour & Cos. •* • • The Wauchula truckers are reaping s?? t 5.. "v v' y ■ THE OCALA BANNER. OCALA, FLORIOA another rich harvest. From 700 to 900 crates of vegetables are leaving there daily an<f the growers find ready sale for them at the shipping platform at attractive prices. Egg plants are bringing $3.25 to $3.50; peppers, $3.00; beans, $2.50 to $3.00; cucumbers, $3.75; okra, $3.00, and squash, $1.75.' It is believed that prices will now rapidly increase.— Plant City Courier. •• * * Florida Ranges Producing Better Grade of Cattle Asa result of a study of beef cattle production on the ranges of Florida, it was found by the United States De partment of Agriculture that in Palm Beach county approximately acres appear to be required to carry an animal through the year. It also was iaerned that a calf crop of 50 to 60 per cent may be expected annually: rapid improvement of the native stock can be made by the use of purebred j bulls; the mortality is no higher on these ranges than on the western ranges; the use of nitrogenous con centrates in connection with winter grazing offers the most practicable solution of the winter-feeding prob lem; utilization of the native grasses with the object of gradually improv ing the pastures may be considered one of the chief problems. It appears that the ranges can best be utilized in units of considerable size; 10,000 acres has been taken as a convenient unit on which to base esti mates. There is great need for furth er investigational work on range prob lems in connection with large opera tions, not only in Florida, but in the entire Coastal Plain area, the specia lists say. •* • * Cane Syrup Improved by the Use of Earth Filter Infusorial earth applied to the man ufacture of cane syrup produces a clearer, milder, and more palatable product than is usually obtained by sulphur clarification or by skimming. The Bureau of Chemistry, United States Department of Agriculture, has been experimenting with the new process, and their report recently published in Bulletin 921. seems to in dicate that the day of the dark, mud dy, unattractive cane syrup has nearly passed. The use of milk of lime and sulphur fumes to separate the impuri ties from cane juice is difficult to con trol properly and not entirely satis factory. Too much lime makes t|ie syrup very dark in color and too much sulphur dioxide gives it a metallic taste, which makes it generally un popular. Skimming, which is another method used for clarifying syrup, usually pro duces a palatable product, but one that is apt to be discolored by sedi ment and difficult to standardize. The new process consists in heating the juice as it comes trom the mill to the boiling temperature. At this stage a small amount of infusorial earth— about 12 pounds to 200 gallons of juice — is added, and after mixing thor oughly the juice is pumped through j a filter press. The resulting filtrate lies bright and clear and ready for im j mediate evaporation to syrup. No ; further skimming or other treatment iis necessary. The color will depend upon the care taken to prevent scorch ing during the evaporation and the i flavor of the syrup will be the natural j caue flavor. The material added is an inert, tasteless substance which | has no action other than to remove ; impurities from the juice. The process can not be conducted I properly by the farmer who produces i only a small amount of syrup by skim jir.ing and evaporating, but it does I lra 4 itself to small steam factories j ®hd to the larger syrup factories of a j capacity ranging from a few hundred to many thousand gallons a day. The i earth filtration process in a syrup fac tory handling 50 tons of cane a day ill add about 32 cents per ton of cane ground to the cost of manufac ture. However, in a plant of this ca pacity employing the skimming pro cess, the daily loss is figured to be from 25 to 50 gallons of syrup. When using the ne\v method, this loss can be reduced to 3 gallons of syrup. At an average price of $1 a gallon this means a saving of about $22 a day. Another advantage gained by the use of the earth and a filter press is J n the saving of time effected. The juice as it comes from the filter press is clean and bright and can be evapor ated as rapirdly as possible to finish ed syrup. . LUMBER AT MILL PRICES Flooring $35.00 Ceiling $25.00 Sidln S- $25.00 Framing Dressed $40.00 La* l * $ 7.00 Shingles $ 7 00 Shipped in complete house bills, freight prepaid, all standard grades in stock at very low prices. PERRY LUMBER CO. Box 398 Perry, Fla. To a cold take 566. 11-26-13 t Florida's citrus fruit prices are governed by speculative railing, to overcome which Handicap is the mission of ■ : i the Florida Citrus Exchange ‘ . t Membership in the Florida Citrus Exchange requires oa!y tiie ability tr co-operate. No initiation fees, no membership dues, For information, consult the /? fRBJC/R. manager of nearest asscriation or sub-exchange, or • 6 ■% vmte teethe busiccM naaaaggr at Tatapa. MINUTES OF BOARD OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, MARION COUNTY The Board of Public Instruction in and for Marion County met this the 4th day of January, 1921. in regular session with W. T. Gary, chairman, C. R. Veal and A. J. Stephens present. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. On account of crowded condition of the Ocala Primary school another teacher was granted for first grade. Complaint was made that party conveying children from Marshville to Burbank were getting them to school too late. The Superintendent was in structed to write Mr. Luther Marsh and. state that children must be got ten to school on time. Frank Abate was allowed $30.00 per month to convey pupils into Ocala. Plan of F. G. report sheet, referred to Superintendent. At this period the incoming Super intendent. H. G. Shealy took the place of Supt. W. D. Carn. The new r Board was organized with W. T. Gary, chairman. Mr. C. M. Carn of Reddick recom mended /that School Board buy lot of two acres facing Dixie Highway, in Reddick, from Peter Brown at SSO per acre, on which to build negro school building in place of the 0116 destroyed by fire. Also that the old lot of on half acre be sold for one good well, cemented all the way, completed on new lot. Chairman and Secretary au thorized to issue warrant to Peter Brown in payment of said lot when applied with written endorsement from Trustees of Reddick District and abstract. Motion of A. J. Stephens seconded by C. R. Veal that sloo.oo} per month be allowed fox: office help for next six months ending with July, 1921. Complaint of two Trustees at Sparr that absentees from school be looked after. C. C. Higginbotham, appointed at tendance officer of said district. Request of Mack, HaHaffey, colored for increase in salary at Citra refus ed. All sundry bills and teachers re ports examined and ordered paid. Foard to meet Wednes daf morning at nine o'clock. Wednesday morning all members present. A resolution of thanks and appreci ation offered by Mr. Stephens was ac cepted by Board to Mr. W. D. Carn for his able administration as Super intendent during last year. Mr. Ross of Gaiter called in behalf of Pine School, stating that they only had eight pupils. It was agreed that j Fine Level school be discontinued. | that Miss Nora Colson be employed as teacher for Heidtsville. Mr. Ross agrees to convey pupils from Pine Level to Heidtsville for fifty dollars per month. Resignation of M, J. Timmons as Trustee at Citra accepted by Board. Petition for the consolidation or Ebenezer and Paisley school districts into one and one school be maintain ed. Petition deferred until next month. Motion that extra session be held January 15th to pass on bills and re ports carried. Bank statements checked and found correct. No further business Board adjourn ed to meet January 15, 1921. H. G. SHEALY, Secretary. U. S. Go/ernment Warns Farmers About Disease Caused by Rats They carry Bubonic plague, fatal to human beings. They carry foot and mouth disease, which is fatal to stock. They kill chickens, eat grain, cause destruction to property. If you have rats RAT-SNAP will kill them. Cre mates rats after killing them—leaves no smell. Comes in cakes, ready for use. Three sizes, 25c. 65c, $1.25. Sold and guaranteed by the Court Phar macy. adv. Of Interest to You--- An important business transaction has just been concluded that will interest you because it concerns every farmer in this locality. It is this: From now on We Will Handle the Full International Line Harvesting Machines, Hay and Corn Machines, Tillage Implements, Plows, Seeding Machines, Kerosene Tractors, Threshers, Motor Trucks. Kerosene / Engines, Cream Separators, Manure Spreaders, Farm Wagons, Feed Grind ers, Binder Twine. The above listing covers all machines and implements represent ed by the service-renowned, time-honored trade-names: McCor mick, Deering, International, P. & 0., and Chattanooga. What Does This Means to You Asa Farmer? It means, first of all. that you can buy farm operating equip ment of - service-proved quality and efficiency for every farm purpose from one concern —us. 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And you won’t be taking chances on expensive delays waitipg for re pairs during your busy season, because we are going to carry a big stock of repairs on hand, and any extras that we might not have in stock at any time can be secured in a hurry by a ’phone call to the International Harvester branch house.