By F.H. Jeter, Extension Editor, N.C. State College, as published in his “Carolina Farm Comment” in the Wilmington Star on Feb. 4, 1946
When it comes to profitable items, E.H. Baker of the Glendale Springs Community in Ashe County says nothing beats a field of well cultivated snapbeans. Mr. Baker sold $1,940 worth of the beans from a field of 3 ½ acres last season. He kept an accurate yield record on one acre and produced 419 bushels that brought him $794. He used 600 pounds of nitrate of soda under the beans at planting time, and then made a side application of 300 pounds of the 5-7-5 fertilizer with 100 pounds of nitrate of soda. He used the Tendergreen variety, planted on May 10, and he picked the field three times. The entire first picking graded U.S. No. 1 on the auction market at West Jefferson.
Pasquotank cabbage growers also have been experimenting this season to find out which varieties can be used in that county to extend the marketing season over a longer period. The growers say it is all right to grow a crop of cabbage, sell them all when they are mature, and pocket the profits, if any. But they have found that by using different varieties, they can stager the marketing season, so to speak, and have cabbage for sale over a longer period.
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They say, too, that they have found it profitable to provide their livestock with good shelter and plenty of warm bedding and good feed during these past snowy and sleety days. It pays to treat the livestock kindly and to keep well watered, well fed and comfortable. Some new methods of livestock management have been started as a result of this bad weather and that is extremely fortunate for the stock.
We get many calls about how to plan the grounds about a farm home, how to select the site for the home and then how to develop the farmstead so as to have a place of satisfaction and beauty down through the years. So many of our people are planning to build new farm homes or to repair or remodel the old ones that I believe some of you who read this column will want copies of a new booklet dealing with this whole subject. It is beautifully illustrated with pictures and drawings, and was prepared by John Harris, landscape specialist. He secured the aid and advice of Miss Pauline Gordon, home management specialist, so that the plans given might be suitable to the needs of the farm housewife. He also received advice and suggestions from the farm management and farm engineering experts. If you desire a copy, write for Extension Circular No. 285, Homestead Planning.