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Farm labor news
(1945-1947)

Farm labor news. September, 1945,   pp. [1]-6 PDF (2.0 MB)


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       O°Y SOUTST, camping at Barstad Park from July 25
     Bto August 15 with Ralph Whaley, camp director, did
their bit in helping to relieve the farm labor shortage in
Eau Claire county.
     The Scouts dotasselod corn for hybrid seed corn
growers near Fall Creek and Augusta. The work gave them
an opportunity not only to oarn morits and their own ex-
pensos, but also to return to their homes with a nice
bit of cash.
     While on the job, scouts wore classified in three
classes, "A.Lt 11311, and 1"Os. They wore judgod on ton
points and all who qualified on rll of tho ton points the
first day advanced to class "A"1 and received 50 cents per
hour for their work.      -
     Those who were delinquent in one point remained in
class "311 and received only 45 cents for their work.
     For one offonse they wore penalizod one day and for
a second offense, two days.  For a third offense, the
                        boys were placed in class "0" and. their
wages wore cut
                        10 cents per hour.
     This method of rating proved to be vcry satisfactory and most of the
boys
romainted in Class "A" throughout the period. Total earnings for
the group were
$1,346.00, of which the scouts received $943,00, and the camp $403.00. The
boys
wore chargod $1.00 a day for board and wore served excellent moals.  Average
enrnings for the boys woro over $45.00 each.
     Yo6h has also played an important part in the boan harvost-t1irmghlout
the
state.  More than one-half of.tho counties in tho state grow green and wax
beans
and most of those beans have beon picked by boys and girls, primarily between
the ages of nine ?nd 15 years.
     In lake shore counties whoro-*torriic* yields as high as 5f-OO'pounds
to
the acre are reported, "swarms of youth" picked the lionts portion
of the crop.
Moro than 1,000 youths wore picking boans for one cnming company in Ozaukoo
county.
     Farther north the potato harvest is in full swing, and hore aegain women
and
children arc helping to save the 1945 bumper crop.  In Langlado county, of
more
thavn 600 pickers only 11 wore men. The rest were womon and children.
     The bottleneck there was the lack of hoavy labor to handle sacks.  One
grower
reported that over 5,000 sacks had to stay out ovcr night for lack of mon
to
hnaidlo thom, and another said 1,000 sacks of potatoes wore drenched twice
in the
rain because theyr stood in the fields ovor Sunday.
     3ven 15 yoar-old boys aind girls were sewing sacks and handling thom
in the
warehouses.
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