Compared with 15 years ago, the man behind the plow can be happy considering the goodly increase in the cost of foodstuffs, a good share of which lands in his pocket. In 1895 the farmer sold his potatoes for 45 cents a bushel which is about the same as it is now but that year potatoes were scarce and in 1909 there is a bumper crop.
Straw was worth $6 a ton and this year it is worth twice that amount. Wool was worth 8 to 15 cents a pound and now it is worth 25 to 30 cents per pound depending upon the quality. Hides were two and a half to three and a half cents a pound and now they are worth seven cents. There has been a great increase in the cost of meat carcasses. Farmers now pay more for the grain they feed their cows but milk and butter have greatly increased in price to the joy of the farmer but to the distress of the homemaker.