Annual report, 1939: St. Croix Co. Agricultural Agent
4-H club work, pp. 3-6 PDF (1.7 MB)
Soil improvement, p. 6 PDF (434.9 KB)
Advanced pins mero awarded to Mrs. Julius Anderson of the opyard Crusaders; Mrs. Frank Draxior of the Woodside Happy ustlors; Eugone Frey of the Glover Hill-Billios; 14rs. Albion uller of the Girlst Challongors; Mrs. Essio Hanson of tile Oak rove; Mrs. Ben Hovde of the Roly-Poly; H. C. Jacobson of the randviow Hustlers; Donald Martin of the HIammond Wondor Workers; lrs. Chas. Meath of the Erin Hustlers; Miss Marie Scheole of the loverleaf 4-H; Mrs. Andrew Wold of the Jolly Juniors; and Mrs. Pete Schafer, of the Worthwhile Club. Club Newspaper. The club newspaper which we started last year met with the approval of club leaders and club members to the extent that to the suggestion of dropping it this year - many of them were much concerned about it and wanted it continued. We have used this ewspaper each month to inform club members and leaders of the appenings of club work. We have tried to keep the important changes in rules and regulations before the members at all times, e have tried to write into the paper as much enthusiasm as possible so that club work will be colorful to rural youth. Soil Testing Program. Xjhen 17. P. A. made possible a Soils Testing program, we hastened to take part in it. A total of 448 samples were tested in the office with W.P.A. labor. These samples were brought or mailed in by farmers interested in having determined the present condition of their soil. Careful tests were made for available phosphorus and potash as well as to determine the acidity of the soil. Letters of recommendation were written each farmer so that he had a thorough understanding of the condition of the soil of his sample which he sent in. It is a recognized fact that our soils today are not what they were a half-century ago. Vie are beginning to re-build much of the fertility lost through continued cropping. Lime is definitely a contributing factor to low yields, especially to legumes. Phosphorus and potash are needed on approximately 90 d of our lands which is under cultivation. This report would look like good information for commercial fertilizers organizations. However, it has been the policy of this office to ake recommendations on what it will take to replenish the soil ith the needed elements to grow a successful crop. We have not pushed the sale of commercial fertilizer, but we do believe that it is going to take commercial fertilizers to help re-build our soils. Much good can be done by plowing under luxuriant growths of green manure crops such as soybeans and sweet clover and by the use of lime. VJ.P.A. lime projects wore operated in three pits this past year. 3681 tons of lime were deliverod to St. Croix County farmers from these three pits. Plans have been made to re-open these pits for the coming year. I 6.
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