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Florida Agriculturist. Published monthly by the AGRICULTURIST PUBLISHING CO. Walter Connelly, Manager. office: Board of Trade Bnilding 205 Main Street SUBSCRIPTION RATES In the United States, Canada, Mexico, Por to Rico, Philippine Islands, Hawaiian Islands and Cuba (includingpostage ) One Year, Single Subscription 50c Six Months, Single Subscription 25c Two and one-half years for SI.OO To all Foreign Countries embraced in the Universal Postal Union (including postage), per year, 75c. NET ADVERTISING RATES Rate SI.OO per inch, regular newspaper col umn measure, each insertion. Preferred positions.—Outside cover pages 25 per cent, additional; inside cover pages, and preferred positions, 15 per cent, additional. Classified advertisements, set in uniform tpye with no display nor cuts, under appropriate headings will be published at two cents per word, minimum charge twenty-fire cents Important.—Advertisements to insure inser tion must be in the hands of the printer not later than the 20th of the month preceeding date of issue. Money should be sent by Draft, Postoffice Money Order on Jacksonville, or Registered Letter, otherwise the publishers will not be responsible in case of loss. When personal checks are used, exchange must be added. Only 1 and2 cent stamps taken when change cannot be had. MARCH, 1909. ONE HUNDRED LETTERS WANTED. The Agriculturist wants one hundred or more practical articles during the year, written by people who have acquired their knowledge from practical experience in Florida, telling how and when they plant, cultivate, fertilize and market the crops they have been most successful with, to gether with the yield obtained and the returns therefrom. We do not want “fairy tales,” but plain, practical direc tions that will enable other intelligent, industrious men to do likewise. It is our desire to cover every money crop grown in Florida if possible. In addition to the products of the soil we want directions for the proper man agement of cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry and any other industry for which the State is adapted. Also experiences in irrigation, clearing and preparing new land for cultivation, ornamenting and beautifying the home and home grounds and many other subjects that will sug gest themselves to Agriculturist readers. New settlers are locating in Florida in increasing numbers every year, and the seasons and conditions here are so differ ent from those of other sections of the country that our people who are able to do so, and have the interest of the State at heart, should cheerfully assist the newcomers that they may succeed in their new environment. Then it is possi ble that we might all profit by an inter change of experiences. It is not at all necessary that you THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. should be a ready writer or a college graduate. If you have a knowledge of the subject on which you write and can make yourself understood even in the crudest language we will try to put it in readable shape. Practical information and not rhetoric is the thing desired. Will you contribute your share? We also want good photographs of growing crops, farm scenes and views of attractive places, from which we can make illustrations for the Agriculturist. If you have a kodak please give us a few specimens of your skill in picture mak and, and —do it today. GROW VEGETABLES. Whatever field is occupied in the agri cultural and horticultural life, careful attention should be given to the garden. The farm, the grove, the pinery, the vine yard, all need this useful adjunct. Aside from the well defined satisfaction derived from the eating of vegetables, tender and fresh from an individual garden, many dollars will accrue to the good house wife from the sale of vegetables to neigh bors and the corner store. The enormous profits derived from early Florida vegetables, grown for mar ket, is so well known that no enlarge ment upon that is needed. All bargaining and trading has some thing of the element of chance, as to small or large profits, or possible loss. In some sections of our State there is a dan ger of frost, the last expiring effort of the 20-below-zero blizzards from the Northwest. Should the tender vegetables at any time be nipped, a prompt replant ing brings the crop in ahead of any other section of our country, so that it is only the loss of seed and a little time. Whether for market or your own table do not fail to plant a garden. FRUIT GROWERS MEAN BUSINESS. Two events of great importance to the fruit and vegetable growers of Florida oc curred during the last week in February. One was the presentation of testimony before Commissioner Prouty, of the In terstate Commerce Commission, which it is believed will result in a material re duction of freight rates on Florida prod ucts. The other was a meeting at Tampa of a large number of orange growers to con sider plans for organization and a better method of marketing Florida fruit. Sev eral interesting addresses were delivered; a temporary organization was effected, and a committee appointed to visit Cali fornia, for the purpose of investigating the organization and methods of the fruit growers of that State. The committee consists of Dr. F. W. Inman, of Florence Villa; L. B. Skinner, of Duval; J. W. Sample, of Polk; L. W. Tilden, of Orange; H. E. Heitman, of Fort Myers; J. J. Head, of Arcadia; W. B. Gray, of Tampa, and they are to re port to an adjourned meeting to be held June Ist. A SUCCESSION OF CROPS. Florida offers to her industrious farm ers two, yes, three or four, opportuni ties —money crops at a time when her products bring the best prices, and food and forage crops later in the season. The principal money crops may be planted and grown mostly in the winter and shipped to Northern markets; then after they are harvested vegetables for family use and feed for the stock may be grown. It is not uncommon in this State to follow one vegetable crop after another, beginning in the early fall, until three or four have been grown in succession, and then take off a good forage crop for the stock. But we will confine ourselves to a two-crop system which is the least that that is considered here at all. After the strawberry season is over and shipments cease to be profitable — which covers several months usually— upland rice may be drilled in every other space and a crop of fifteen or twenty bushels secured. Even though there be no rice mill near to clean it, this grain in the rough is excellent feed for stock and poultry. After Irish potatoes and other early vegetables have been removed the land they have occupied may be plowed again and planted in sweet potatoes or cas sava. The former may easily be made to produce 150 to 200 bushels per acre and the latter 250, worth at least 25 cents a bushel as feed for cows or other stock, and much more if marketed. Either of these succulent roots will add greatly to the production of milk and will supplement the winter pasture. Then an especially successful summer crop is the cowpea, which is one of the sheet anchors of Florida farming, not only for feed but for its great benefit to the soil.' While nearly all other vege tables may succumb in midsummer this old standby flourishes and will yield for the table a most palatable dish of string or shelled “beans.” Other rotative crops might be men tioned, but these are probably sufficient for the present writing. Asa matter of fact there is scarcely a day in the year when something of value may not be growing in our Florida sand.