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 Decade: 1930-1939
 Collection: USDA Farmers' Bulletins
Adjusting Corn Belt Farming to Meet Corn-Borer Conditions

Adjusting Corn Belt Farming to Meet Corn-Borer Conditions

Date: 1932
Creator: Kenneth Hayes Myers, 1898-
Description: "The European corn borer is recognized as a dangerous enemy of the corn crop.... Its eradication is considered economically impossible but it is believed that the injury may be kept at a point so low that little commercial damage will occur during normal seasons. This can be done by using control measures and practices that have proved to be effective.... On some farms some changes in the crops grown and in their sequence will aid materially in controlling the borer and may prove profitable even when borers are not present. The control program for the individual farm should be given consideration at once in order to avoid sudden disturbance of the organization and operation of the farm when control measures do become inevitable. The necessity of concerted effort by all producers in an infested district becomes evident when the life habits of the borer are considered." -- p. ii
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Bean Diseases and Their Control

Bean Diseases and Their Control

Date: 1932
Creator: Harter, L. L. (Leonard Lee) & Zaumeyer, W. J. (William John)
Description: "Beans are subject to a number of diseases that cause injury and loss. The purpose of this bulletin is to describe these diseases briefly, so that they can be identified by the grower, and to give recommendations for preventing and checking them." -- p. ii. Diseases for garden, field, and Lima beans are discussed and include anthracnose, blight, mosaic (curly leaf), rust, root rots, mildew, and baldhead.
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Cattle-Fever Ticks and Methods of Eradication

Cattle-Fever Ticks and Methods of Eradication

Date: 1932
Creator: Ellenberger, W. P. & Chapin, Robert M.
Description: Revised edition. This bulletin discusses the cattle-fever tick and methods for controlling it. Possible methods include dipping, pasture rotation, and arsenical dips. The life history of the tick is also discussed.
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Cattle-Fever Ticks and Methods of Eradication

Cattle-Fever Ticks and Methods of Eradication

Date: 1930
Creator: Ellenberger, W. P. & Chapin, Robert M.
Description: Revised edition. This bulletin discusses the cattle-fever tick and methods for controlling it. Possible methods include dipping, pasture rotation, and arsenical dips. The life history of the tick is also discussed.
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Chestnut Blight

Chestnut Blight

Date: 1930
Creator: Gravatt, G. F. & Gill, L. S.
Description: "Chestnut blight, caused by a fungus brought into this country from Asia before 1904, is responsible for the death of millions of acres of chestnut growth in New England and the Middle Atlantic States. The disease spread rapidly to nearly all parts of the range of the native chestnut, and the remaining stands of the southern Appalachians face certain destruction. The present known distribution, its symptoms, and the fungus that causes the disease are described. The blight fungus itself does not have any effect upon the strength of chestnut timber, and blight-killed trees can be utilized for poles, posts, cordwood, lumber, and extract wood. Search is being made for native and foreign chestnuts resistant to the disease in the hope of finding a tree suitable for replacing the rapidly disappearing stands. Seedlings of Asiatic chestnuts, which have considerable natural resistance even though not immune, are being tested in the United States." -- p. ii
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The City Home Garden

The City Home Garden

Date: 1938
Creator: Beattie, W. R. (William Renwick), b. 1870
Description: Revised edition. "Fresh vegetables for an average family may be grown upon a large back yard or city lot.... Thousands of acres of idle land that may be used for gardens are still available within the boundaries of our large cities. Some of the problems that confront the city gardener are more difficult than those connected with the farm garden, and it is the object of this bulletin to discuss these problems from a practical standpoint." -- p. 2. Soil preparation, tools, seeding, watering, diseases and pests, and space issues are all discussed and brief descriptions of several vegetables are given.
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The City Home Garden

The City Home Garden

Date: 1930
Creator: Beattie, W. R. (William Renwick), b. 1870
Description: Revised edition. "Fresh vegetables for an average family may be grown upon a large back yard or city lot.... Thousands of acres of idle land that may be used for gardens are still available within the boundaries of our large cities. Some of the problems that confront the city gardener are more difficult than those connected with the farm garden, and it is the object of this bulletin to discuss these problems from a practical standpoint." -- p. 2. Soil preparation, tools, seeding, watering, diseases and pests, and space issues are all discussed and brief descriptions of several vegetables are given.
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Commercial Comb-Honey Production

Commercial Comb-Honey Production

Date: 1932
Creator: Demuth, Geo. S. (George S.)
Description: Revised edition. This bulletin details the process for producing honey which is marketed in its original honeycomb and discusses the equipment needed, management of bees, and collection of the honeycombs.
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Conserving Corn From Weevils in the Gulf Coast States

Conserving Corn From Weevils in the Gulf Coast States

Date: 1931
Creator: Back, E. A. (Ernest Adna), 1886-
Description: Revised edition. This report discusses the destructive impact of weevils on the corn crop in the southern United States and controls measures which farmers may find effective in reducing their losses to this pest. Among the insects discussed are the Angoumois grain moth and the rice or "black" weevil.
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Cover Crops for Soil Conservation

Cover Crops for Soil Conservation

Date: 1936
Creator: Kell, Walter V., 1889- & McKee, Roland
Description: "Cover crops are crops sown or planted in thick stands for the purpose of protecting and enriching the soil.... That the use of cover crops is a most efficient means for preventing soil erosion and increasing soil fertility is well known; yet this practice is not nearly so widely and extensively followed as it should be. The kinds of cover crops that should be used and the method of utilizing them to the best advantage varies in different regions, according to climatic conditions but almost everywhere cover cropping in some form can be profitably followed." -- p. 1. The bulletin considers cover crops as either legumes or non-legumes.
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Crops Against the Wind on the Southern Great Plains

Crops Against the Wind on the Southern Great Plains

Date: 1939
Creator: Rule, Glenn K. (Glenn Kenton), 1893-
Description: "This bulletin briefly traces the circumstances which have created the soil problems in the southern Great Plains and shows how the hand of man has hastened present troubles. But it goes further and deals with the methods now being used to solve the problem on nature's own terms." -- p. 2-3. Some of the solutions discussed include contour farming, terraces, water conservation techniques, crop lines, and revegetation.
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Culture and Pests of Field Peas

Culture and Pests of Field Peas

Date: 1938
Creator: McKee, Roland & Schoth, H. A. (Harry August), b. 1891
Description: This bulletin discusses the culture of the field and diseases and insects which commonly afflict it. Diseases discussed include leaf spot, stem blight, bacterial blight, left blotch, powdery mildew, downy mildew, anthracnose, fusarium wilt, root rot, and mosaic. The pea weevil, aphid, and moth are the insects discussed, as well as the nematode.
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Farm Practice with Lespedeza

Farm Practice with Lespedeza

Date: 1934
Creator: Miller, H. A.
Description: "The use of lespedeza as a farm crop has rapidly increased during the past few years. The increase in the use of lespedeza is due partly to the excellent results that have been obtained by the farmers who have been growing the Common variety, for hay and for pasture and soil improvement, but more particularly to the introduction of some new varieties that produce better yields, are adapted to a wider range of climatic conditions, and are generally better suited to the needs of the average farm than is the Common variety. This bulletin is based on information collected from farmers located in the States of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky who are growing lespedeza regularly as a farm crop. The information includes methods of seeding, varieties used, the place in the cropping system usually occupied by lespedeza, and practices that have developed in connection with the production and use of the crop in these States." -- p. 1
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The Farmer Looks Ahead

The Farmer Looks Ahead

Date: 1937
Creator: United States. Bureau of Agricultural Economics.
Description: This bulletin provides criteria by which farmers may determine how much they should plan to produce in a given year. There "are four major yardsticks: 1) How much should farmers produce, thinking only of the requirements of domestic consumers, plus; 2) What they can expect to ship to foreign countries in the next few years? 3) How much should they produce, thinking only of the requirements of soil conservation? 4) How much should farmers produce, thinking only of their incomes?" -- p. 3
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Feeding Horses

Feeding Horses

Date: 1934
Creator: Bell, George A. (George Arthur), b. 1879 & Williams, J. O.
Description: Revised edition. "This bulletin explains the computation of rations for horses, suggests certain feed combinations which approximately meet the needs of horses under differing conditions, and reviews such factors of feeding as tend to make the horse more efficient." -- p. ii
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Fig Growing in the South Atlantic and Gulf States

Fig Growing in the South Atlantic and Gulf States

Date: 1935
Creator: Gould, H. P.
Description: "This bulletin tells about growing figs in the South Atlantic and Gulf States and protecting the figs from diseases and insects; it discusses the varieties commonly grown, and suggests methods of making the fruit into desirable products for the table." -- p. ii
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Grading Dressed Turkeys

Grading Dressed Turkeys

Date: 1938
Creator: Heitz, Thomas W.
Description: "From the producer's standpoint, the correct grading of turkeys is a very important factor in the success of his enterprise. Without dependable grading, successful marketing is practically impossible, and without successful marketing, little profit may be expected. Whether the producer grades his own turkeys or has this done by a licensed grader, a familiarity with the grade descriptions and how the grades are applied will create a mutual understanding and be a source of satisfaction to producers, graders, and buyers. How to grade according to Government standards can be learned by any producer who makes a thorough study of the grade factors involved. This bulletin attempts to point out by description and illustration the most important of these factors." -- p. ii
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Grading Wool

Grading Wool

Date: 1939
Creator: Christie, James W.
Description: Revised edition. "Most wool growers need to know more about wool grading, whether they expect to grade wool or not. This bulletin contains information about the subject so growers interested may improve their position when they are ready to sell their wool. It also suggests ways to handle the wool so that its quality will be maintained through the shearing and the preparation of the fleece." -- p. ii
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Grape Districts and Varieties in the United States

Grape Districts and Varieties in the United States

Date: 1932
Creator: Husmann, George C. (George Charles Frederick), 1861-1939
Description: "Three types of grapes are grown in the United States. In the order of economic importance they are vinifera, the American euvitis, and the muscadine. This bulletin sets forth in a general way the main geographic regions where these are found and makes recommendations as to the specific districts where each kind can be grown to advantage. A map of the United States showing the outlines of these 13 districts is included. A large number of varieties of grapes are described, and the importance of selecting the right ones for planting under various climatic and soil conditions is emphasized." -- p. ii
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Grasshoppers and Their Control

Grasshoppers and Their Control

Date: 1939
Creator: Parker, J. R.
Description: "Grasshoppers in a single year have destroyed crops valued at over a hundred million dollars. The best way to prevent losses is the use of poisoned bait supplemented by tillage and seeding methods which restrict egg laying and imprison the young grasshoppers in the ground after they hatch. Bait is most effective while grasshoppers are still on their hatching grounds or massed along field margins. It should be put out when grasshoppers are doing their first feeding of the day. This usually occurs between 6 and 10 a.m. at temperatures of 70° to 80°F. Bait should not be spread unless grasshoppers are actively feeding. In mixing and distributing the poisoned bait care should be taken to prevent injury to persons and farm animals. Seeding grain only on plowed or summer-fallowed ground and plowing infested stubble before the eggs hatch greatly reduces the quantity of bait needed for control and decreases the liability of crop injury. Cooperation in the use of control methods by all the farmers in a community is necessary for best results." -- p. i
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Growing Fruit for Home Use

Growing Fruit for Home Use

Date: 1938
Creator: Gould, H. P.
Description: Revised edition. "This bulletin aims to furnish, in concise form, information that will be of practical help to the amateur fruit grower. It deals with the widely grown temperate-climate fruits, such as the apple, pear, peach, plum, cherry, grape, and berries. Lists are given of varieties desirable for the different parts of the country. Because of the number of fruits considered and the territory covered, cultural directions are necessarily brief, but they cover the most important general points." -- p. 2
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Home Gardening in the South

Home Gardening in the South

Date: 1931
Creator: Thompson, H. C. (Homer Columbus), b. 1885
Description: Revised edition. "A well-kept vegetable is a source not only of profit to the gardener but of pleasure to the entire family. For many vegetables which deteriorate rapidly in quality after being gathered, the only practicable means of securing the best is to grow them at home. This is especially true of garden peas, sweet corn, string beans, green Lima beans, and asparagus. The land utilized for, the farm garden, if well cared for, yields much larger returns than any area of similar size planted to the usual farm crops. A half-acre garden should produce as much in money value as 2 or 3 acres in general farm crops. In most sections of the South, though vegetables can be grown in nearly every month of the year, the garden is neglected; in fact, no feature of southern agriculture is more neglected than the production of vegetables for home use. In the following pages specific instructions are given for making a garden and caring for it throughout the season." -- p. 2
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Hotbeds and Coldframes

Hotbeds and Coldframes

Date: 1935
Creator: W. R. (William Renwick) Beattie, b. 1870
Description: This bulletin describes the uses of hotbeds and coldframes in starting early plants. The hotbeds discussed include manure hotbeds, fuel-heated beds, and electric heating in beds and greenhouses. Coverings and care and maintenance are also discussed. Possible plants for early growth include tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squashes, cucumbers, muskmelons, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery.
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How to Control Billbugs Destructive to Cereal and Forage Crops

How to Control Billbugs Destructive to Cereal and Forage Crops

Date: 1932
Creator: Satterthwait, A. F.
Description: Revised edition. "Billbugs destroy or injure corn, wheat, rye, barley, oats, timothy, blue grass, Bermuda grass, Johnson grass, rice, sugar cane, peanuts and chufa. The most conspicuous damage by the adult billbugs is done to young corn plants. The most costly damage is undoubtedly that done by the larvae or grubs in cutting the underground portions of plants, especially those grown for hay and pasture. Billbugs have only one generation yearly and are generally dependent on grass sods or wild sedges and rushes. Corn, sugarcane, chufa, and timothy probably are the only crops in which they can perpetuate themselves within the plant tissues. The other host plants admit of inside feeding only during the early part of the grub stage, after which feeding is completed among the fibrous roots. Parasites are valuable natural checks, but their work follows, rather than prevents, crop loss. Clean cultivation, especially the complete elimination of wild sedges and rushes; suitable crop rotations; summer or early fall breaking of cultivated or infested wild sods; early planting of crops menaced by billbugs; and the protection of birds, especially ground feeders, including the bobwhite and the shore birds, are efficient means of preventing crop losses from billbugs. Hand ...
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