Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 20, 1956, Image 1

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    m 1. No. 38
mm Museum
Mill Expand,
Sace Route 222
of the famed
J||nnsylvania Farm Museum at
IpbcUs Valley is nearer icality
’®ith purchase of two and one-
aCios of land to permit
jfife museum to face Highway
m EOfficials of the Pennsylvania
and Museum Commis
"|Son came to Lancaster County
? ireom Harrisburg this week and
jafirveyed prospects for , expan
|S|on both at Landis Valley and
-M- the Ephrata Cloisteis
J||Elmer Landis has agreed to
Jkpll the land at $7,000 It lies
I® the east and south' of the
; |@resent buildings.
p| Veto Farm Village
Slit At the same time, the com-'
||aission vetoed the idea of a
|«rm village, emphasizing that
|She individual clxarater of the
apai m museum would be lost.
much inventory work
||nust be done in the present
Collection, overflowing into
|»arns and to sift
Ifind SWrt out that most appli
cable to agricultuie.
|| When plans are completed,
|she grounds of the museum will
ipe turned about face, and will
fflface the Lancaster-Readmg
ihighway instead of the old Lan
®3is Valley tuinoff road as at
Here to make the survey were'
ipr S K Stevens, executive sec
aretary of the Pennsylvania His-
Stoncal and Museum Commis
sion, 'Earle W. Newton, recent
ly named chief 0 f the Bureau
iof Museums, Historic Sites and
properties of the Common
gweaith; Wallace Boyer, state
imuseum; William Richardson of
|the Commission staff; Earl
iMowrer and Dr. John Witthoft,
istate area archaeologist
I May Refurnish Home
| It is hoped the farmhouse once
by the Landis Broth-]
®| ei s and now serving as office
ffland museum, will be furnished
|fin a style typical of the era in
Wwhich ft was built.
•sfe- The theme of the museum will
Sf'be the development of rural
in Pennsylvania, exhibiting
Spools, farm equipment, imple-
handicrafts and relics.
tit was pointed out some of the
material on hand at the mo-
is irrelevant to the theme,
i and constant sifting' is being
§ conducted to keep the farm
| museum in its proper theme,
i Wallace Boyer of the State
| Museum at Harrisburg spends
§ » dayS each week at Landis
I Valley, screening and storing
% the fabulous collection, but
I still a mountainous task remains
| ahead.
I Possibilities that the Farm
| Museum might be linked in a
I ° ur lme which would include
| the Cornwall iron Furances and
I the Ephrata Cloisters are also
\ under consideration.
Row on row, leaves large and firm
here is Lancaster County tobacco, fresh,
green, lively looking as ideal weather con-
Farm Crops
Surpass 1955
sylvania farm field crops, except
oats, during June recovered from
adverse spring weather to the
point that greater yields phr
acre and bigger total harvests
will be garnered this year than
last, the State Department of
Agriculture declared today.
Federal-State initial 19 5 6
acreage and production surveys,
made as of July 1, revealed
that wheat, now being harvest
ed, should equal the record of
28 bushels per acre in 1954.
Wheat All-Time Low
Required acreage reductions
brought the total wheat acreage
down to a state all-time low of
589,000 acres compared with the
1945-54 average of 872,000. The
1956 production forecast is for
a total crop of 16,492,000
bushels, half a million more
than last year, but three mil
lion bushels under average.
The state corn crop is esti
mated a 62,087,000 bushels, 723,-
000 more than last year and
about one-half million bushels
above average. Yield is estimat
ed to average 47 bushels per
acre, one bushel over 1955 and
one bushel better* than the 10-
year average. The- crop will be
harvested from 1,321.000 acres,
slightly under last year which
(Continued on page 16)
yuan vville, Pa., Friday,' July 20, 1956
Lancaster County Tobacco
Octoraro Farmers
Club to Observe
100th Birthday
What is perhaps one of the
oldest farm organizations in the
nation, the Octoraro Farmers
Club will celebrate its 100th
anniversary Aug. 18 in a din
ner at Middle Octoraro Presby
terian Church.
Founded by 11 farmers for
their mutual agricultural, do
mestic and cultural benefit, the
club’s history will be reveiewed
in a sketch by Howard Walton,
whose family has been members
more than 50 consecutive years.
Chairman of the event is
Madison 7 McElwain, and key
speaker will be Prof. Jerome
K. Pasto, a member of the Penn
sylvania State University agri
cultural department. Ammon
Huber, present president, will
help Mr. McElwain, Howard Wal
ton and William Fredd.
Friday Deadline to
Enroll in Soil Bank
Friday today is the dead
line for Lancaster County farm
ers to enroll jn the Acreage Re
serve of the Soil Bank program,
the Agricultural Stabilization
and Conservation committee ad
. At the same time, the USDA
reports nearly two million acres
|of cropland in the United States
had been signed up by farmers
by the end of the first week in
Friday’s deadline applies only
to corn Wheat’s deadline was
earlier, and today is the wheat
marketing quota referendum.
Only about 18 Lancaster Coun
ty farmers have signed to parti
cipate in the Soil Bank pro
ditions give all crops a boost. This' picture
was taken near New Holland. (Lancaster
Farming Staff Photo).
Rains Hinder
Field Work in
HARRISBURG Rainy weath
er continued to hamper field'
work on Pennsylvania farms, ac
cording to the weather and
crop report for the week ended
Monday, announced today fol
lowing Federal-State surveys
The detailed report follows:
“Harvesting of hay was dif
ficult m all areas and especial
ly so in the western half of the
State. In the west and north
Lancaster County crops are
growing at a terrific pace,
spurred on by ideal growing
weather and more than ade
quate moisture. Rain during
July thus far here has total
ed about 75 per cent of the
normal for the entire month.
“I don’t know when I’ve
seen corn, tomatoes and to
bacco grow as fast as they
have this month.” County
Agent Max M. Smith report
ed. Weeds, however, are caus
ing some concern.
The Weather Bureau’s 30-day
outlook for mid-July to mid-
August calls for temperatures to
average below seasonal normals
in the northeastern quarter of
the United States.
Precipitation is expected to
exceed normal in the Great
Lakes region and midwest. Sub
normal amounts are indicated in
the West Gulf States, the Far
West and Northern Rocky Moun
tain States. Elsewhere near nor
mal precipitation as expected.
Moderate precipitation is fore
case for the Lancaster County
area, temperatures to be below
(Continued on page nine) (normal.
considerable hay is still stand
ing. Some cultivation of row
crops and spraying for weeds
was accomplished but many
fields are still weedy. Cool
weather slowed growth of com
but other crops developed rapid
ly Soil moisture ranged from
adequate to excessive.
'Corn Excellent, Dark Green
“Most coin has excellent dark
green color Much in the south
east is waist high and some is
tassehng. In central and south-
Livestock Key
To Agriculture;
Research Cited
Livestock as the keystone to
agncultuie, and the importance
of research given by state col
leges, provided the theme for
an address Satmday by Ervin
L. Peterson, assistant U S. sec
retaiy- of Agncultuie, before
the Pennsylvania Aberdeen-An
gus Breeders Association on the
University of Pennsylvania cam
pus here.
Charles J. Dannemann, To
wanda, last weekend was
elected president of the Penn
sylvania Aberdeen - Angus
Breeders Association, moving
up from the vice-presidency.
Others elected were: John K.
Wood, Allentown, vice presi
dent; Dr. Robert R. Stoner*
Lewisberry, secretary-treasur
er; and named directors for
three-year terms were Miles
Rumbaugh, Armstrong, and
Allen F. Schmoll, To wand a.
One of the foremost prob
lems of agriculture in our time,
he told, is the problem of liv
ing with abundance ‘lt is im
portant to realize this abun
dance didn’t just happen. . . ,
The reason is research and
the land-grant college system.
Other Highlights From Talk
“Research is meaningful to
farmers only if they know about
it. . The land-grant college
is a two-way bridge, to bring
farmers’ problems to research
workers, and to carry the find
ings of research back to the
farmers,” he continued.
Other highlights from Mr.
Peterson’s talk included these
“Agricultural production in
this country increased by 42
per cent in less than 20 years.
Most of the met ease has come
during *World War II and aft
er, as farmers really began to
put research results into gen
eral use. During this period,
acre yields increased 27.5 per
cent, production per animal unit
25 per cent, and output per
hour of labor 104 per cent for
crops and 54 per 'cent for live
stock. At the same time, th«
number of farm workers had
dropped by almost 35 per cent.
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Moderate Rainfall
In 30-Day Forecast
$2 Per Year