Back in January, I finally got around to shelling the popcorn from this year's haul. Piddling might be a good description of it. Managed to get about 6 gallon bags (more or less) shelled out of a box full of ears. The box on the floor has in past years been a whole cart-load of popcorn (from roughly the same size planting), but the drought of 2012 severely reduced the yield.
Excerpt: It is our problem, in dealing with the resources of the earth, to develop in the group the highest expression of duty that is to be found in individuals.
There is still another application of this problem of the land background. It is the influence that productive ownership exerts on the day's work.
It would be a great gain if many persons could look forward to the ownership of a bit of the earth, to share in the partition, to partake in the brotherhood. Some day we shall make it easy rather than difficult for this to be brought about.
If, then, we are to give the people access to the holy earth, it means not only a new assent on the part of society but a new way of partitioning the surface. This is true whether we consider the subject wholly from the view-point of making natural resources utilizable or from the added desire to let the people out to those resources.
EXCERPT: When the author visited west Texas he was told by the beekeepers there that the clearing of the land and planting it to cultivated crops was rapidly curtailing the bee range, as no cultivated crops being planted were equal to the desert flora which was being removed.
Fig. 1. Blossoms of huisache (Acacia farnesiana.)
Excerpt: To the youth of many generations the lines of good old Dr. Watts have oft been sung--"How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour "--and millions of children have been urged to take there from a lesson in application and thrift. So far, so good, but a closer study of the social conditions of the bee-hive convinces us that there is something stultifying in the political economy of these little honey seekers. Communism holds the races of bees in thrall, and forbids all individual initiative.
By FRANK C. PELLETT, Author of "Practical Queen Rearing," "Productive Beekeeping," Associate Editor "American Bee Journal"
AN APIARY IN TENNESSEE
THE honeybee is one of the few living creatures that do not live at the expense of any others. Neither animal nor plant must die that she may live. The nectar that the bee gathers from the flowers and elaborates into honey would otherwise be a waste product and the pollen that she feeds her young is produced in such abundance that her activities only increase the fruitfulness of the plants she visits. The honeybee is probably the most highly specialized of living species of animal life. Living together in harmony, thousands of them work industriously to lay up a common store of honey. No matter how much honey there may be already in the hive, if nectar is to be had in the fields, they work feverishly through the long days to bring it in and add it to their hoard.
Excerpt: It has been estimated that the bees make ten to fifteen thousand trips to the field to bring in a pound of nectar. Since the nectar contains a large excess of moisture which must be evaporated in elaborating it into honey, it is probable that every pound of sealed honey represents twenty to forty thousand trips to the fields on the part of the bees.