Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, February 24, 1956, Image 1
1 V6l. 1, No. 17 Corn Acreage In County Cut 13 Per Cent Corn acreage allotmefats for Lancaster County this year have been reduced 13 per cent, cut tang 13,605 acres from last year’s figures. Acreage this year will be 80,189. Allotments are based on 73% per cent of the average acreage of corn grown on the farm, .where last year tKe figure was 86% per cent. - Individual allotment notices will be mailed to farmers Feb. 28, and appeals on allotments may be filed within 15 days of mailing date. Only 17 Lancaster County farmers have applied for loans on their 1955 crop, although the deadline for applications is not until May 31. (Editor’s Note; Reductions are in force in the Corn Belt too, for an allotment of 83 acres has been established on a 400-acre farm, the editor was advised this week) Farmers failing to comply with acreage alllotments are - not eligible to participate an corn price-support programs. Grass, Fodder Fires On Lancaster Farms Three Lancaster County farms were threatened with fire dam age this week. A grass fire on the George Ludwig Farm, R 1 New Holland, threatened buildings. The Liberty Fire Co., New Hol land, extinguished the blaze. At the Mrs- Lillie Caldwell farm, tenanted by John Blank and family west of Intercourse, fire in fodder was extinguished by the Intercourse Fire Co. be fore damage resulted. High winds hampered firemen. Quarryville fireman Tuesday extinguished a grass fire that threatened the farm home of James Poole near Little Britain. There was no damage. Trichinosis Outbreak In Lebanon County Three positive cases of trich inosis in Lebanon County have prompted warnings that pork must be thoroughly cooked be fore serving. At Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, three persons were hospistalized, Mrs. Esther Sheetz of Myerstown, Rtfssell Stockier, Newm'antown, while tests on Gerald Walters, Leban on, proved inconclusive'. Fresh pork sausage was blam ed. All pork should be cooked thoroughly. CHESTER CO. TRACTOR CLUB David Groff, Oxford, has been man; New Holland, Isaac W. elected president of the Chester Hurst and John M. Weaver; County 4-H. Tractor Maintenance Quarryville, Park Moore; Ronks, Club Others named were Edwin John King, and Clarence Mel- Hoover, Parkesburg, vice presi- linger; _Strasburg. Earl L. Groff; dent; Owen Groff, Jr, Oxford, Washington Boro, Ezra D. Hei secretary; Charles Griest, Coates-| sey and Warren Helsey; Willow ville, news reporter. I Street, Jacob Heisler. Rocky ground provided some problems in construction of this 78-by-8 foot trench silo on the Harry Griffith Farm operated by Robert C. Groff north of Quarryville, one of two stops on Friday’s Lancaster County Trench Silo tour. At the far end Carden Spot Holstein Sale Top at $535 Prices were considered sur prisingly good in the 157th Gar den Spot Holstein sale Thursday of last week, averaging $293 on 90 lots of purebreds, totaling $26,374. A. G. Herman, Waynesfield, Ohio, paid the $535 top for a cow consigned by James Corri gan, Staten Island, N. Y. Top on bulls was $335, Piney HiU Farms, Washington, N. J„ con signor, and Joseph Schott, Leb anon, buyer. Four' cows brought $5OO or more- Three other cows, however, sold for more than $5OO, and 12 brought $4OO to $5OO. - Buyers from this area includ ed; from Ephrata, David L. Sander; Kinzers, J- Eby Her shey and V. Emanuel Hoover; Lampeter, John Witmer; Lan caster, C Lloyd Dagen, Robert H- Rohrer, and William D. Rohr er; Manheim, J. Harold Balmer, G. E. Culp and A. H- Weidman; Mount Joy, James M. Eshel- yuarryville, Pa., Friday, February 24, 1956 Straight, True 7 Snow Covered Two Cattle Die From Rabies on Solanco Farm Tests are still underway to determine a definite diagnosis of rabies in two head of cattle that died on the farm of Clayton G- Rohrer, Lancaster Farming was advised today. Mr. Rohrer lives on Rl, Quarryville. An Angus cow which died Thursday night and a Holstein heifer that died Friday night showed definite signs, according to Dr P, V. Clarkson, Lancaster agent an charge of the Pennsyl vania Bureau of Animal Hus bandry. Heads Being Analyzed Their heads have been sent to the Bolton Center division of the Pennsylvania State Univer sity near Toughkenamon for lab oratory analysis- Negri bodies found in the brain showed def inite symptoms but findings must yet be confirmed. (Earlier this month Mr. Rohrer lost two head of cattle, making his total loss from suspected rabies four to date. His herd has been placed under a 100-day quarantine.' From Wild Animals There are no other reported cases in the vicinity, Dr. Clark son advised, although xt could have been transmitted by wild rabid animals. Recently a rabid fox was killed near Holtwood, and several rabid wild animals have been reported in Chester County. Mr. Rohrer first believed the animals had died of /poisoning, but no indications along this line were found at the render ing plant. Dr. Robert W. McMullen, Quarryville veterinarian, adds there are no additional cases of rabies on the Rohrer farm. of the pit, County Agent Max Smith and Penn State Extension Agricultural En gineer explain-items of cost, construction, capacity and use. Around 40 attended the session. (Lancaster Farming Staff Photo). Hydroponics On Market; Taste Of Tomato Argued Hydroponic tomatoes are mak ing another appearance on the public markets at Lancaster, rais ing the question of several years standing again, “Do„ they lack flavor;’” Those who like their tomatoes fresh off Lancaster County fields, ripened and warmed by the sun, argue that the Florida imports grown without soil lack the (tastiness of the fresh, home grown varieties. Since tomatoes are so perish able, imports from the South, particularly Cuba and Florida are necessary in the Garden Spot during the bleak winter months. The signs, “Water Grown Toma toes,” or “Hydro-Organic Grown Tomatoes” immediately raise questions. Looking back over a visit to Florida and the (Bahama Islands a few years ago, this writer re calls his first encounter with the new science of chemical farming in Miami. There city blocks had been converted into gardens without soils. Vegetables grew from sterile sand, and climbed to Jack-in-the-ißeanstalk height, feeding 'artificially on chemicals mixed in solutions that the grow er himself could control. The growth of hydroponics might be credited to the United .States Army, for in the islands of the Pacific during the last World War vegetables grown by natives were forbidden as Army fare since human excrement was used as fertilizer. Soils, worn out, and in many cases almost sterile volcanic ash. would pro (Oontonued on page nine) By ERNEST J. NEILL Jack-in-the-Beanstalk $2 Per Year Dairy Day Will Feature Exhibits And Authorities Exhibits and dairy authorities will be featured in the third Lancaster County-wide Dairy Day Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Guernsey Sales Pavilion, it was announced today by Chairman, -M. M. Smith, Lancaster County Agricultural Agent “This educational, all-day meet ing is open to the public and will be conducted by our Ex tension Service in cooperation with breed organizations, milk cooperatives, and local milk distributors, Mr. Smith said. “All the Things We’ve Want ed,” a sound motion picture, will open the program at 9;30 a. m., although an educational exhibit of the various types of comfort, stalls and related barn equip ment, will be on display for pub lic inspection from 900 a. m. to 4 p. m- Dr. Milo Opens Program Dr H. A. Milo, director of the bureau of animal industry in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will speak at 10 a. m. on “Progress in Brucellosis Eradication"’ followed by J. O, Pepper, extension entomologist from Pennsylvania State Univer sity, speaking at 10:20 a. m- on “Insect Control in Forage Crops.” Continuing at 10:50 a. m., Joe Nageotte, extension dairy spe cialist from Penn State, will tell of “Efficient Dairy Feeding.” Winding up the morning session starting at 11:30, will be John W. Newlin, associate counsel, Inter- State" Milk Producers Coopera tive, speaking on “Value of Dairy Farm Inspection.” Sessions will adjourn for lunch betweerf 12 noon and 1 30 p. m., with lunch available for $l.OO per person- Milk, ice cream and cheese will be donated by vari ous milk distributors. Final Talk “Cow Comfort” Opening (the afternoon session at 1:30 will be “Water Supplies and Waste Disposal for Dairy Farms,” by H. B. Freeman, chief sanitary engineer of the U- S. Public Health Service, New York City. At 2:00 p. m., Ivan E. Par kin, extension dairy specialist from Pennsylvania State Univer sity will tell of “Management of Bulk Milk Tanks ” Final talk on the afternoon’s program, starting at 2:30, will be “Cow Comfort,” by Mr. Na geotte. From 3:00 to adjournment at 3.30, a general discussion will be held. “This is the third year for this county-wide event, and we are very anxious to inform every dairyman in the County,” Mr. SmUh added 1 . “These speakers are all authorities in their re spective field and the committee is soliciting the attention of local dairymen; many practical sug gestions will be presented.” TOBACCO ACREAGE CUTS The House late last week vot ed to cancel tobacco acreage al lotments cuts on 1956 hurley, Maryland, dark air cured and fire cured- Cuts originally plan ned were 20 per cent less dark air cured, 19 per cent less bur ley, Maryland tobacco and fire cured.