Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Russell, H. L.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 67: the farm outlook for 1919 and the spring drive PDF (1.0 MB)
Food products must bear some relation to the costs of production in the long run, but, after all, they have to be sold in the market on the basis of what the purchaser will pay for them. In this respect butter suffers more than other dairy products like cheese or condensed milk, as the substitutes compete with the genuine article. A strong market exists for butter even at present prices, but with the decline that will probably ensue when the next crop comes on the market, it is imperative that quality should be maintained as demand for high quality is always insistent. Dairying is the line in which the Wisconsin farmer is already the most proficient. Based on the fundamental principle that it is generally wise to continue to do the thing which experience has shown to be the best adapted to a section, the Wisconsin farmer in most parts of the state cannot go far wrong if he keeps dairying and related live stock production, especially swine, in the foreground. The reputation which this type of agriculture has brought the state makes it doubly desirable that we should continue to "carry on". Dairying and live stock bridged is over the decline of wheat farming in the seventies, and since they fit in with the program of permanent agricultural development, it is no time to change now. MAKE OUR FARMING MORE EFFICIENT In readjusting our agriculture to after-the-war conditions, attention should however not only be given to what is grown but more particularly to how it is grown. The war has taught us that we can save as well as produce. Better seed will produce more and stronger plants; better culture will ripen crops more rapidly and increase yields. It is easier to prevent losses from disease in our fields and flocks than it is to labor to grow more feed to gro x more stock. A dose of serum will prevent hog cholera which has long taken its toll of millions. Seed disinfection and sprays, intelligently applied, save the crop from blight and bugs. The high wage scale which now obtains requires the best possible utiliza- tion of labor. This means a wider use of labor-saving machinery, a more intelligent use of fertilizers. If liming and inoculation increase the -yield of legumes on our acid soils (which cover nearly one-half of our state), then we might better spend the time and money necessary to secure this result than to cultivate more acres. Better farming will mean better business, and with better business will come better living which, after all, is the highest aim which can be sought.
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