Titonka Topic from Titonka, Iowa on June 12, 1975 · Page 14
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Happenings . On fhe Hill by Senator Berl E. Priebe The most debate in the Senate this week was on tfie tax issue. According to this bill, income taxes were increased on the levels above $20,000. Taxpayers who have an income of less than $20,000 would have a reduction in their taxes. The increase comes for the people over $20, 000 and really not much change occurs until you have an income of over $30,000. The greatest increase comes when you make an adjusted gross income of more than $50,000. The bill, as it passed the Senate, would reduce income taxes for 84 per cent of the people who paid taxes last year. It is certainly a shift from the lower income tax levels and increasing the taxes for the more affluent group. I believe this bill will go to a conference committee and I doubt that the House will concur in the Senate passed amendment. Actually, I don't know just what will happen. In my opinion, the Senate version is better for the people in my district than the House version. The House is pretty much a flat 20 per cent of the Federal. Under the Senate version, the top rate is 13 per cent and this is for persons making $75,000 and more. Naturally, the people making more than $50,000 are not going to like any change at this time as they are now paying 7 per cent on ever/tiling over $9, 000. So this will be a change for this group of taxpayers. The highest increase will be as much as 58 per cent. Whereas some of the lower income people will have as much as an 85 per cent decrease under this plan, the State will have a revenue decrease of $600,000 from last year from income tax collections. Senator Nolin and I attended a meeting in Ames in regard to all of the dust explosions in grain elevators. Several people have been killed in the last year in such accidents. We are going to ask for a study of this problem as I feel some of the problems stem from the rules of the Department of Environmental Quality in regard to dust. Several interim study committees will be formed this year which, I hope, will give us some of the answers to problems with Mental Health, Social Services, and the Health Department. I firmly believe we can correct some of the problems we have encountered in this year's hearings in our Appropriations Subcommittee. The various departments have submitted more rule changes to our Rules Committee this month than any previous month. This is to keep from having to submit these rules to the new rules regulations of July 1,1975. We passed a bill which, I feel, will be a tremendous help with the malpractice issue. I also handled several of the Governor's appointments to various positions this week. In addition, we met with the Governor in regard to an increase in the gas tax. In my opinion, there will not be an increase this year. With a surplus in the treasury, I would much rather vote to restore part of the sales tax to the road fund. Farmers Warned About Armyworms Midwestern farmers are being warned about the possibility of a serious outbreak of armyworms. The army worms have already done severe damage to crops in Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois and sections of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas according to Dr. Earl Ogle, Hercules Incorporated entomologist. Dr. Ogle is currently on temporary emergency assignment in the Midwest because of the armyworm infestation. The entomologist said a few armyworms are present every year, but they are usually controlled by the weather and parasites. However, this year conditions have been ideal and the worms have been breaking out in huge numbers ia wheat and other small grain crops. Local growers are warned to examine their crops as soon as possible for signs of armywor n damage. If an armyworm problem appears to be developing, farmers are urged to contact farm supply dealers and reserve adequate supplies of toxaphene. Toxaphene is acknowledged as the most effective insecticide for armyworm control. Armyworms get their name from their "marching" nature. They vary in color from tan through dark green to dark gray or brown. Color seeros to be determined by the type of vegetation the worm feeds on. Left Tak Gardening PLANT SWEET CORN NOW Sweet corn planting time is here, says Henry Taber, extension horticulturist at Iowa State University. Sweet corn is a warm weather crop and is planted 10 days to two weeks after the average date of the last killing frost. Plant an early variety and a main crop variety in your first planting to assure a constant supply. Use the main crop or late season varieties if space permits a second planting. Plant kernels one inch deep in heavy soils and a maximum of two inches deep in light sandy soils. Space the rows two to three feet apart. Plant early varieties 8 to 10 inches apart in the row and late varieties 9 to 12 inches apart. Corn is wind-pollinated so plant three or more rows of sweet corn side by side to insure good ear development. Compact planting is better than a long row. Water your corn during dry weather, says Taber. Add 1 to 11/2 inches of water per week. Harvest sweet corn when it is in the milk stage. This is when juice from a punctured kernel appears milky. Check the ears frequently because sweet corn stays in the milk stage for a short time. Prepare sweet corn immediately after picking or refrigerate until time for use. LOOK TO THE Wedding Stationery Lei u« «how you our beautiful collection of contemporary wedding jtationery. You can tol.ct your complete piper trouieau from a wide variety ol »lyle« in every price The Titonka Topic Branstad Reports] to tfie Eighth District Terry E. Branstad, Rep. kAAAAAAA4AAA four or five cents per gallon. If they hadn't put road funding at the bottom of the priority list in the appropriation process, we wouldn't have the critical problem of road funding facing us. I will continue to fight for a substantial general fund contribution for raods instead of a gas tax increase. Most people are telling me that gas prices are already too high. Urges Sidedresshig Of Nitrogen Early rogen. Corn producers decided to plant corn as soon as field conditions allowed rather than add to the delay and apply nitrogen preplant. Nitrogen can be applied anytime after planting but preferably before the plant is 10 to 14 inches in height. This is about 35 days after emergence, but if warm weather persists, itwill take less time. Good corn yields require adequate nitrogen. Adjust nitrogen rates according to crop sequence, plant population and expected crop yields. Take into account nitrogen provided by previously grown legumes, manure, and carryover nitrogen. Apply nitrogen sources according to their characteristics. Obtain good soil seal with all materials containing anhydrous ammonia. Early applications of knifed-in materials will minimize root pruning. Non-pressure nitrogen solutions broadcast on emerged plants will produce some burning but no serious problem if growing conditions are good. If this is a problem, try a directional spray with drops. The main concern is not to put off sidedressing. Plan early in case of more unpredictable Iowa weather. CON8EBTK KNHBOTt This past week was a tough week for a rural legislator. It seemed like every time we turn-. ed around we were taking it on the chin. An effort to give adjacent land owners first option to purchase abandoned railroad right- of-ways was narrowly defeated. Unemployment benefits were substantially increased, and it looks like the small employers who are seldom responsible for laying anyone off will hive to pay a disproportionate share of the $9. 7 million in additional costs mandated by this bill. Major Appropriation bills were passed by the House, and again the rural areas were at the bottom of the priority list. The House increased the Appropriations for Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), going one million dollars over the Governor's proposed budget. One million dollars was appropriated for research projects to be approved by the Energy Policy Council; I don't think we should give any agency this much money without a better idea of what kind of projects will be funded. This has the potential of becoming as big a boondoggle as some of the federal tax supported "research projects". Nothing has been done to prevent a big increase the inheritance tax exemptions for children and other lineal descendents. The seed laboratory for Iowa State University won't be funded this year as most building projects were cut out of the Governor's budget by the House Appropriations Committee. My bill to earmark 10% of the sales tax for roads has not gotten out of committee even though it was introduced early in February. Rural roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair as are our small town streets and highways . Some of the strongest opponents of spending general fund money on roa:ls are now saying we must uncreasc gas taxes by Northern Iowa Field Day Program Is Announced The program for the Northern Iowa Field Day begins at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 20, on the south edge of Kanawha at the research farm operated by Iowa State University. Bob Nyvall, extension plant pathologist, and Dale Studt, area extension crop production specialist, are in charge of the program. Wagon tours will take visitors to demonstrations of corn and soybeans herbicides and fungicide seed protectant for soybeans. Plots on com breeding and a demonstration vegetable garden will also be viewed. A free lunch will be served at noon during which Iowa State specialists will be on hand to answer questions. That date again, June 20, at the Iowa State University research farm near Kanawha. Contact the Extension Office for group rides. THE TTTONKA TOPIC June 12, 1975 — Page 7 — Field Fire Risk From 75 Vehicles Owners and operators of 1975 model automobiles or pickups equipped with a catalytic converter need to be careful this summer. Dale Hull, extension agricultural engineer at Iowa State University, explains that the catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system and attains relatively high temperatures, especially if the engine of the vehicle is operated under load. These high temperatures present a danger when driving in dry pastures, hay fields with windrows, or on freshly combined grain fields where strawspread- ers are not used, says Hull. 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