Farm labor news
Farm labor news. August, 1946, pp. -5 PDF (1.5 MB)
Issued Monthly --- by Extension Editors in cooperation August, 1946 with the Farm Labor Staff Sordid SYJ ; b Situsitign A LTHOUGH there are still some workers needed, Athe labor situation in canning corn harvest has eased somewhat. The acreage in the state planted to sweet corn was the largest in history. Dry weather, however, forced tle abandonment of some acreage. So, in the end, about the same number as last year will be actually harvested. The anticipated total yield per acre is about 60-80 per cent of last year's all time high. To harvest this corn, the farm labor office had planned to hae- three to four thosand foreign workers, Jamaicans, Barbadians, and Mexican Nationals in the state to supplement the local labor supply. However, at the last minute, recruitment of Mexican Nationals was cancelled by the Mexican government and Wisconsin was left with a shortage of about 1,000 workers. Since then, but too late for the corn harvest, the Mexican government has allowed recruitment to be resumed. Since the 21 of August we have been trying to replace these Mexicans, Luckily we were able to get in about three hundred Mexicans from Nebraska, more than half of whom had to be delivered to potato growers in the Rhinolander-_.agle River4ntigo region. Some Texas Mexicans, all citizens of the United States, recruited by individual canners have come and othors, who wore in the state, stayed for the corn harvest. Through the cooperation of the Kansas Extension Service, twonty- four interstate domestic workers were recruited for picking sweet corn. Wisconsin Extension Service arranged transportation for them. In northern Wisconsin, county agents and farm labor assistants wore able to recruit 31 workers for southern and central plants. Eleven of these came from Taylor county, four from Price, three from Ashland, five from Bayfiold, end oight from Iron county.
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