“Around the State” in Extension Farm-News, August, 1955. Extension Farm-News was published by the Agricultural Extension Service at N.C. State College, Raleigh, and distributed to employees throughout the state.
If Major League baseball player Gil Coan ever wants to hang up his spikes, he ought to make a pretty good farmer. Transylvania County Agent JA. Glazener says that the fleet-footed Coan who patrols the outfield for the Baltimore Orioles, did more than a fair job of growing corn on six acres the past year as he did on 10 in the previous year. He planted U.S. 282 hybrid corn and followed all of the good practices recommended by Glazener.
Z.C. Burton, tobacco farmer from Cedar Grove, really gets the most out of his bulldozer. Orange County Agent Don S. Matheson says that during the fall, winter and spring, Burton uses the dozer to clear land on his farm and nearby farms. In the summer he attaches a large pump to it and irrigates 4 ½ acres of tobacco at a time. Matheson says the diesel motor operates very economically.
-=-Victor Crosby, Olin farmer, has come up with another use for old automobile hoods. Iredell County Agent W.L. Franklin says that Crosby took the hoods of two junked cars and welded them together to make a boat to use on his farm pond. He says the boat draws very little water, paddles easily, and when painted, should last for years.
-=-They’re lizard farming in Macon County, according to R.F. McNeill, assistant county agent. Warren Owenby of the Nanthala section, like farmers everywhere, is looking into neglected areas to try to maintain an income. As a lizard broker, he’s helped himself and his neighbors. He buys lizards from his neighbors at 3 cents each, packages them, and sells them to a bait dealer. One week recently, he cleared $46.75. Some of the neighborhood boys who supply him with lizards make more than $1 an hour for their work.
-=-After seeing how successfully a neighbor remodeled his house, the B.W. Lanes of Raleigh, Route 2, are finally getting their plans out of the “talking stage.” Wake County Negro Agent W.C. Davenport says that the Lanes have made all the arrangements for “giving their house a going over.” The Extensin Service will assist them with their plans. The Lanes’ house will remain much the same except that the rooms will be reworked and a bath room installed.
-=-M.A. Elliott of Rich Square found that you can’t just pick up sweet potato plants “here and younder” and expect much out of them. Northampton County Agent P.H. Jameson says that the plants Elliott produce don his farm through careful selection and care lived fine. He had only a 75 percent stand on the others he chose at random. “From now on I will buy only the best or produce my own plants,” he declares.
-=-Plenty of farmers would like to have this problem. A pine tree on Mrs. Missouri Pleasant’s farm in Fork township is too large to measure accurately. Warren County Agent F.W. Reams says that the circumference of the tree is 14 feet, three inches. But the board feet couldn’t be determined because the forestry measuring stick in the county agent’s office wasn’t made for trees this large. Reams guesses the tree would cut out around 4,000 board feet.
-=-Lee Howell of Jonathan Creek plans to see that cutworms on his farm are well-fed from now on. He’s planning on giving them a square meal of Paris green, however. Haywood County Assistant Agent A.L. Ramsey says that Howell’s corn had an unusually heavy infestation of cutworms and looked as if it was going to be a total loss. He got busy with a mixture of wheat brand and Paris green moistened with sweetened water and the cutworms soon found they’d had enough of Howell’s corn.