Read it Again: Week of March 1, 2001

80 years ago this week. Tomato growers near Oak Harbor, Ohio, have announced they will not plant tomatoes for the canneries at the offered price of $10 a ton for uninspected and $12 a ton for inspected fruit. Last season, the price was $15 a ton. The Gypsum Canning Company of Port Clinton has said if growers refuse to sign contracts, the company will plant and care for 200 acres itself.

From the classified ads: new I.H.C. manure spreader, $125; new I.H.C. bar land roller,, $32.50; new Bulldog grinder, $29.50; new Davis swing churn, $4.50, The J.A. Trotter Co., East Liverpool, Ohio. A separate ad offered extra quality Ebony soybean seed grown in Trumbull County; $4.50 per bushel; Victor H. Logan, Gustavus, Ohio.

50 years ago this week. The USDA has asked American farmers to produce 22 percent more vegetable crops than they did in 1950.

Alfred Matthews, East Toledo, president of Cannery Growers, Inc., stated today that he had been informed that the USDA will advise tomato farmers alone to increase their 1951 acreage by 35 percent over the 1950 acreage. Matthews stated that the USDA has also suggested to farmers to up sweet corn output by 40 percent, peas by 15 percent, snap beans by 5 percent, and lima beans by 5 percent.

As president of Cannery Growers, a contract bargaining organization set up by tomato farmers in northwestern Ohio, Matthews advised members of his organization to delay signing contracts for the ’51 crop until the full effect of future marketing conditions are known.

25 years ago this week. Israeli scientists claim they have invented a nicotine-free, low-tar cigarette made from lettuce that can be made to taste like any tobacco.

After the lettuce taste is neutralized and any other active ingredients are removed, “molecules of taste which can be easily extracted” from any tobacco are injected under pressure into the lettuce leaves, leaving the nicotine behind.

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