What was happening in 1957...
16 girls 4-H Clubs and 11 boys 4-H Clubs
4-H Girls County Club Officers:
President: Marjorie Hill
Vice President: Marilyn Lindflott
Secretary-Treasurer: Sharon Brunsvold
Historian: Delores Weineth
4-H Boys County Club Officers:
President: Wayne Willand
Vice President: Kenneth Johnson
Secretary-Treasurer: Vernon Lyford
Historian: Ronald Oakland
Production and Marketing – This year’s Soil Conservation District has had the service of two full time technicians and one aide. The county was divided into three areas with each commissioner responsible for four townships in the area. The program is planned so that partial conservation practices are set up in the importance of need and along with the complete practices are set up in the importance of need and along with the complete farm plans constituted the major emphasis on a county basis.
Soil technicians were used to approve all tiling and conservation practices listed for conservation payments set up by the A.S.C.
Soil mapping was completed from sufficient farms to form the basis for complete farm plans requested during the coming fiscal year.
The county S.C.S Tractor Rodeo was held on the Clifford Tenold farm with 22 competing in the Junior and Senior Divisions.
Crop Production –
Oats – Hilman Gaarder produced 1600 bushels of certified Burnett oats to be distributed to farmers in this area. A sorghum variety demonstration plot was grown in the county on the Conrad Johnson farm in Hartland township.
Corn – Fertilizer observation test plots were established on eight farms throughout the county.
Corn borer check was made all over the county during the period of mass migration. Corn root worms have been on the increase in the county the past few years and many farmers are using chemicals in their starter fertilizer to control them.
There was some late spraying for grasshoppers in the county.
Fertilizer – Fertilizer test plots on corn were also carried on six farms throughout the county with three including side dressing of nitrogen up to 80% on the last cultivation. Application of nitrogen on all second year corn and application of nitrogen on corn stalks seeded to oats were
Soil – Soil sampling service has been used to capacity in the county with a follow-up service of explaining and reviewing fertilizer requirements and needs.
Wind Break –Two windbreak demonstration plots set out on a Donald Barta farm in Lincoln township and the Melvin Olson farm in Deer Creek township were checked for replacement stock.
Swine – The county swine producers held a swine field day. Probing the backfat and fitting and showing swine were the demonstrations given.
Outlook information and material was made available through two county outlook meetings, township meetings, radio and press.
Dairy – The Worth County Artificial Breeding Association operating under a county
unit. Eastern Iowa Association assured the full management and control over the
inseminator and its business transactions.
Horticulture – A grafting demonstration was held on the Vernon Lyford farm in Danville
township with 55 present.
Eight pruning demonstrations were held on different farms in the county and four budding demonstrations, by the Extension Director.
Fertilizer – One county wide fertilizer meeting was held in the county at Manly. E.R.
Duncan, Extension Specialist was present.
A county wide meeting was held to which all farmers who had complete soil tests were invited to discuss any problems they had and assistance was given them in interpreting the results of the tests taken.
Poultry – A Poultry Association banquet was held in Northwood. There were 300 in
The Association board consists of three produce men, one hatchery man and five poultry producers. A housing tour for board members was held and a county wide tour was held.
Youth – 11 boys 4-H clubs with membership of 278 members.
Fair: 173 baby beef sold for an average of $25.82
Grand Champion sold for $35.50 per cwt. Shown by David Anderson of the Danville Dandy Thrifters 4-H Club.
38 Dairy Heifers
28 pens of market litters shown, 14 pens of pure bred litters
16 pens of market lambs
Charles Lyford won Dairy Showmanship – Mary Lynn Dadisman, second
Judy Bergo won Beef Showmanship – Dennis Bergo, second
8 boys attended the 4-H boys short course at Ames
7 boys and 5 girls won KGLO award trips to the Chicago International and 4-H club congress.
Special Project – Prevention of Livestock Losses
Demonstration team – Charles Lyford and Loren Backhaus, Blue ribbon winner at county fair, red ribbon at the State Fair.
4-H club boys purchased and installed a new livestock scale at the fairgrounds.
A crop judging team consisting of Duane Hanson, Luther Gesme, Lowell Holden and Duane Mielke placed 23 at the State Fair.
80 different boys judged in the 4-H livestock judging workouts.
The county team consisting of David Gaskill, Neil Johnson, Duane Hanson and Charles Lyford, place 18that the State Fair.
Girls clubs: 16 clubs 255 members
Record number of entries to fair by the girls clubs – 439 articles exhibited – 228 were judged with blue ribbons, 175 with red ribbons and 36 with white ribbons.
Barton Bannerettes - 12 members
Barton Lucky Clovers - 6 members
Bristol Happy Hustlers - 20 members
Clover Belles - 14 members
Deer Creek Wohelos - 12 members
Fertile Merry Maids - 8 members
Grove Progressive - 13 members
Hanlon Highlighters - 23 members
Hartland Happy Homemakers - 26 members
North Kensett BR Best - 12 members
South Kensett BR Best - 21 members
East Lincoln 4-Square - 18 members
West Lincoln 4-Square - 30 members
Manly Junior Homemakers - 15 members
Silver Lake Beavers - 15 members
Bristol Busy Bees - 18 members
Brookfield Boosters - 31 members
Danville Dandy Thrifters - 29 members
Deer Creek Ribbon Takers - 32 members
Fertile TNT - 17 members
Golden Banner Boys - 20 members
Grove Progressive Farmers - 26 members
Hartland Happy Hustling Harvesters - 23 members
Lincoln Junior Farmers - 35 members
Lincoln-Union Young Farmers - 28 members
Silver Lake Streaks - 19 members