The corn grown on the Caledonia Farm this year is an excellent two-eared variety. It will be impossible for the farmers of this area to obtain enough good corn from private dealers to supply their need, and I feel that the use of the Caledonia Farm to furnish purebred seed of all varieties to the farmers of the State is one of the best services it can possibly render the needs of agriculture in North Carolina.
I am delighted with the prospects of the cane crop at Caledonia. One hundred acres were planted in cane and the prospects are that over 12,000 gallons of molasses will be made. This is more than sufficient to supply the needs of the prisoners, and seed from this cane is also going to be saved and offered to the farmers of the State. Preparations are also being made to give the farmers of the State the benefit, as far as possible, of the seed from the pure-bred wheat which was grown on the farm this year.
There will be enough sweet potatoes to feed the prisoners, and with 60,000 to 70,000 bushels of corn, 16,000 bushels of wheat, 12,000 gallons of molasses and a great crop of hogs, and I feel sure that the prisoners of North Carolina will this year live at home. If I could have gotten every farmer in North Carolina to have planted a corn field, a potato patch, a cane patch, a hay patch, and enough wheat for his own use, and raised his hogs, we would have automatically cut the cotton and tobacco acreage in North Carolina so as to have spared the problem of over production.