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Annual report, 1939: St. Croix Co. Agricultural Agent
(1939)

Crop improvement,   p. 8 PDF (444.7 KB)


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8.
     Last April when I was in Washington D.C. in the interest
of the present Dairy Bill HR 6500, it came to my attention more
forcibly than ever before that even though we do have federal
programs whose aim is to increase the farmers income we still
have much that can be done with the dairying industry starting
with the individual farmer. I believe that there is still much
room for the promotion of a quality dairy program and the standard-
ization and grading of dairy products.  When this has been properly
taken care of it seems to me that we are in a position, as dairy
farmers, to promote a sound dairy advertising program. We have
permitted ouk competitors to come in and take much of our trade
away from us, We cannot blame our competitors for this, as the
dairy industry alone is the fault. We can, I believe, recognize
the type of work that the competitor has boon doing and profit
from those oxperionces. As I have said many times at meetings
here in the county, it is now time that the dairy industry, as
a whole, should be on a sound advertising program using every
known means of advertising possible -- including newspapers, bill-
boards, monthly magazines, radio, posters, commercial exhibits, and
so on. We cannot gain by condemning our competitors.   We can,
however, tell the consuming public that there is only one butter,
that there is only one choose, and there is only one milk. These
are products of the dairy industry that have and need no substitutes.
A substitute to me means something that can tako the place of some-
thing elso. In the diet and in the home there is no substitute for
dairy products.
CROP IMPROVEMENT
     As the crops grown in the County are cheaper by far than
market foods, we have on every hand encouraged the use of solocted
high quality seed and have recommended well prepared seed beds.
It has been estimated that 50% of the corn raised in St. Croix
county this past year was from Hybrid seod. Farmers are report-
ing on the average, a 20% increase in corn yields through the use
of Hybrid seed. This moans that we can got more seed per acro than
from our open pollinated corn. By cutting down the corn acreage
we can increase our permanent Hybrids and permanent pastures to
the extent that we can raise much more seed than we previously had
and even our hay and pasture crops can be improved by the use of
commercial fertilizer and lime. In other words, by the use of
properly prepared seed beds and the use of the right crops we can
increase our income by decreasing our cash expenditures.
HOME ECONOMICS WORK
     Mrs. Jake Zeevold of Hammond, Mrs. Oscar Hanson of Woodvillo,
 and Mrs. Gust Gillis from Glonwood City, were the three Center
 Chairman of Homemakers groups this past season. These three women
 have boon responsible for much of this work. Miss Wealthy Halo,
 Extension Specialist in Homo Management, met with the leaders from
 each of the 26 clubs in the county from time to time and brought
 to them important material which could be taken back to their var-
 ious clubs for use by the 389 homomadors in the county taking this
 work.


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