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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - January 18, 1917, Des Moines, Iowa Circulation vol. Lxii. No. 3. De8 m01nes, Iowa january 18, 1917. Whole no. 3098 in Grain show at Short course. Imong other phases of the Winter Short course and Farmers week to be held at College Ames Janu february 3d, which will be Togger and better than will be the fifteenth annual state show of the Iowa Corn and Small Grain growers association. From present indications it is estimated that at least entries will constitute this show wil1 be the state show Ever held m this country. It will continue until february 9th, one week after the regular Short course closes. It is estimated that some 700 Farmers will submit samples in the Twenty five classes of Corn Small Grain and grasses to compete for ninety Silver trophy cups and 250 other prizes. The Silver trophy cups Are offered by various Banks in fifty three different Iowa counties and will be competed for each year at the state Corn show to be awarded for the Best Corn exhibited from the county in which the Bank is located. Besides the ninety cups some 250 Cash and machinery prizes will be Given these to go to men who have never before won a prize at the state Corn show. Former winners classed As professionals will compete for ribbons alone but Are eligible to win the trophies. There will be no auction Sale and All entries will be re turned to the owner at the close of the show. The educational Side of the Corn show will receive special emphasis this year and Many plans have been made to improve that phase of the work. All the entries will be tagged with variety names so that visitors can Tell at a glance the variety of the Sample besides this special arrangement has been made to hold during the show a series of lectures and discussions to discuss live topics along soils and crops lines. It is the desire that these discus Sions be led largely by Farmers themselves each Sample entered will be criticized so that the exhibitor May learn the faults of his entry samples not entered in the contest May be sent m and they will be thoroughly examined and criticized by a competent judge free of charge an Opportunity will be Given also for every Farmer to bring samples of his soil to have them tested for acidity without Cost. To various win ners m the show will be distributed As prizes Twenty carloads of ground Limestone which has been donated to the cause. In order that the of seed that is needed to Plant Iowa s great Corn and other Fields this Spring May be the Best seed obtainable the association is compiling a seed directory that it will distribute to the Farmers at the close of the show. On this list will be printed the names of the members of the association along with any seed Grain which they May have for Sale this of the College drafters lined up for ing instruction. List will also be sent to a Large number of prospective buyers in All parts of the state and out Side of the state As Well. It is the aim of the association in getting out this list to secure for the members a better Market for their seed Grain and to put the buyer in More direct touch with the Man who has this seed for Sale. Such a plan will eliminate the middleman. There will be a Complete Short course All in itself for the youngsters members of the Iowa boys and girls clubs and others. More than 400 boys and girls from every part of Iowa will attend the Short course half of these coming on prize Money offered for various honors they have won during the year in various club contests. A Complete course in Home economics for the girls will be offered including a contest m which Twenty five girls will compete in producing the Best loaf of the staff of life the seven sister Canning club of Clarinda will have the huge Canning exhibit which won first at the state fair on exhibition. The boys who will be Given the use of the big gymnasium and swimming Pool for an hour each Day will be allowed to take any of the work offered which they wish and will compete for cups and other prizes in Corn and Stock judging All the youngsters this year have been invited to attend the huge Farmers ban Quet to be held thursday night where More than Farmers Are expected to get together for a feed and thorough Good time. It will look like circus Day in Ames when the agricultural Engi neers get their big 200x52-foot tent pitched for the tractor show which will constitute one phase of work to be offered on tractors at the Winter Short course. At previous Short courses All tractor work was Given inside except a few demonstrations on the College farm. Last year the work on tractors proved so popu Lar that visitors swarmed the Agri cultural engineering building to overflowing. This year it was therefore decided to pitch a huge tent which will hold five tractors where All demonstration Al work will be Given. Three or four instructors will be on the Job every minute to demonstrate any phase of tractor care or operation that a Farmer May desire to know about. A time will also be provided when the Farmer himself will be Given an Opportunity to take off his coat Roll up his sleeves and pitch into the work of tractor operating himself under the guidance of an instructor and learn the principles of starting and operating Carburettor adjustment for most economical fuel consumption Brake horsepower tests and Tractive horsepower tests practically every phase of tractor design care continued on Page 11. Judo judging Corn an important part of instruction Given students getting a line on Dairy cattle

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