Tag "agriculture"
SEEDS For the Wide World (Apr, 1946)

SEEDS For the Wide World

Tons of foods from thousands of American acres will help the starving world feed itself PEOPLE in many parts of the world will eat better vegetables because of vast quantities of top quality vegetable seed the United States has furnished Europe, India, China and the South Pacific as part of its war and rehabilitation efforts.



Large power plants warm great quantities of water in their steam condenser systems. Ordinarily this heat is wasted by allowing the warm water to flow back into the river. Those in charge of the city power station for Berlin, Germany, have found a way to utilize this heat by pumping the warm water through heating coils in a large hothouse built next the power plant. Large crops of hothouse vegetables, including the cucumbers used to make dill pickles, have been successfully grown.

This new utilization of waste heat may soon be tried out for similar purposes in the United States.

My Profits Are Mushrooming (May, 1950)

Check out a the slightly more refined process used today. (video)

My Profits Are Mushrooming

A small corner in your basement and a bit of fungus mold are all you need to start a mushroom farm and grow yourself a big-money business.

By Corwin Fred

BACK in 1929 I knew nothing about running a business. I did know, however, that I wanted one of my own, and I realized it had to be some enterprise I could start without much cash—and learn as I went along.

A few months later the profits had really started mushrooming from my own business—growing and selling mushrooms. As a mushroom farmer, I’ve been squeezed into some tight corners—but I’ve squeezed out again.

Science in Pictures (Sep, 1947)

Science in Pictures

Push-Button Telegraph center permits messages to be typed only once, on a “printer perforator,” at point of origin. When messages reach the center, a clerk pushes a button for the city of destination.

Fishy Idea dreamed up by amateur inventor Dr. Carl Omeron, right, looks like a spark of genius. This is it: Tie balloons to a live “Judas” fish (which you catch the hard way). Put Judas back in the water and he’ll lead the way to the whole school.

Latest FEATS of the PLANT BREEDERS (Jul, 1936)

Honestly, I’m not that interested most agricultural articles, but that picture on the second page is way too good not to post.


TWENTY-FIVE per cent of the vegetables and annual fruits we eat were unknown ten years ago, says an agricultural authority.

Of course, he adds, common vegetables like peas and potatoes still look the same but we are now using improved strains that didn’t exist a decade past. Scientific plant breeding is continually creating new varieties of commercial plants that are larger, better flavored, more resistant to disease, or more desirable in other ways.

Few who buy ordinary cantaloupes in season, for example, know that the melons they get today are a brand new strain. Ten years ago cantaloupes were afflicted periodically by a mildew that caused the meat to resemble that of a leathery cucumber. Then a plant scientist discovered a relative of the melon family in India that was practically useless except for a strong resistance to mildew. As a result of a long breeding program this quality was joined with all the desirable features of the old cantaloupe in a new strain of fruit.


They certainly got this one right.

Corn sugar, that costs no more than cane, has been turned out by a process developed by H. C. Gore, a department of agriculture chemist. It is said that the product can be melted and cast into molds, like the fondant made from cane or beet sugar, and used in the candy industry. The operation involves no unusual equipment, and consists essentially of mashing cornstarch, or hominy, with malt, which liquefies the product.

Novel Machines Fight Grasshopper Scourge (Feb, 1932)

Novel Machines Fight Grasshopper Scourge

WHEN the rapacious hordes of grasshoppers descended upon the farmlands of the Northwest this past summer, laying waste thousands of acres of wheat and corn, the farmers called upon their mechanical ingenuity and went into battle with the insects with an array of strange looking machines.

“Retired” Plane Finds New Job Guarding Fruit from Frost (Aug, 1938)

“Retired” Plane Finds New Job Guarding Fruit from Frost

Long since retired from the air lanes, a cabin plane once worth $50,000 is on duty today protecting an orchard at Painesville, Ohio, from frost. The airplane was once owned by David S. Ingalls, former assistant secretary of the Navy. It has been hoisted to the top of a forty-foot steel tower, where it rotates slowly, its propeller sending blasts of air over the treetops to prevent dew from forming on the trees and freezing. On one occasion the prospective 1938 peach and apple crop was saved by building a fire at the foot of the tower when the temperature had dropped to twenty-six degrees. As the warm air rose it was blown through the orchard by the propeller. Not one bud was frozen.