The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 8, 1966 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 8, 1966
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Up tti- Bytttvffle (Alt,) eourltr !ftwi • Wtoy, AprB •, REVIEW and FORECAST Scouts To Offer Insect Insights Jim Wallace Assistant County Agent Are you expecting a cotton Insect problem this year? Do you know how to look for the insects and just when it would pay you to poison? If you are expecting problems and the answer to that second question is «o, maybe we can help you. For between $.80 and $1.00 per »crt you can be provided with a trained insect scout. He will gcout your cotton fields each week-often if needed, keep you informed of insect activity, and make spraying recommendations. This thirteen year old program is sponsored by the University of Arkansas. They re- cruit the boys, train them, and assign them to the counties. Usually students from the University and other Arkansas colleges are used. They go through an extensive training program under the supervision of University professors, so when they get to the field they know their bugs. Maybe you would like to relieve yourself of one worry this summer. Could a cotton insect scout do it? If you would like to have a scout this summer, would you write us—Box 717, Blythevffle, or call us PO 2-2075. We need to know your name, address, farm location, and number of acres you'd like scouted. We need this information by Wednesday, April 13. On Missco Farms By Keith Bilbrey, County Agent The ASC offices of Blytheyille and Osceola are being combined All records and personnel of the Blytheville Office will be moved to Osceoa tMs weekend. Effective Monday, April 11, any business you have with the A9C Office will have to be taken up with Harry McDaniel and his expanded ASC staff in the Court- bouse in Osceola. Harry McDaniel is Office Manager for the Mississippi County ASC. Their Osceola telephone number is LOcust 3-5236, and their post office box number is 471, Osceola, 72370. I am sorry the County Committee has found this consolidation necessary. Naturally, there are both advantages and disadvantages. Mississippi County cotton farmers will divert 25.7 percent of their effective cotton allotment in 1968. You will see 1-4 less cotton than you saw in the county last year. I haven't figured it up yet, but this will mean about » 110,000,000 reduction in income from cotton in this county. This loss will be largely replaced by Government payments which have and will be received by the cooperating farmers. The effective cotton allotment, ef those signed up, amounts to 177,954 acres. 45,838 acres of this allotment will be diverted, — not planted to cotton. Farmers will not be permitted to plant any crop of value on this and in 1966. This means, weather permitting, that the total acreage of cotton for harvest in this county, will be a little under 130,000 acres! The difference between the effective allotment and the acreage to be diverted Is 132,116 acre. When most farmers plant slightly under their allotment, in order to prevent being over planted, the total acreage will naturally be something less than the 132,116. Did I tell you new soybean support prices will be $2.50 a bushel? I believe the support price for this county last year was ?2.28 a bushel. This increase in support prices represents the Government's wish for additional soybeans and also that the world demand continues strong for this valuable farm crop. It is nice to have this price guaranteed, but it will have almost no influence on the soybean acreage in this county. Farmers are already planting nearly every single acre in soybeans that is not in cotton. Per haps the better support price will encourage some farmers to try a little harder to increase their soybean yields. The big wheat acreage in North Mississippi County looks bad. Some of it looks fair. Some of it looks terrible. The trouble is that we have had no rain since the nitrogen was applied this Spring. The soil has dried out on top. The fertilizer is laying on top of the ground and the wheat has not been able to benefit from the nitrogen application. This is most unusual, and as you realize, March was the dry- est for that month on record. The Spring drouth continues. The wheat will explode into beauty, quickly, following a heavy rain. Whether or not we can still get full benefit from our nitrogen applied, I am not sure. Do your tomatoes dye out in summertime? Do you know il they are infected with root-knot nematodes and Fusarium wilt? Why don't you plant wilt resistant varieties? I would highly recommend either the Bradley or Pinkshipper variety. If you do not know wher» to get these varieties, call us, maybe we can help you. SOYBEAN SEED SALE! • CERT. HILL • NON-CERT. HILL • CERT. LEE • REGISTERED LEE • NON-CERT. HOOD • REGISTERED HOOD • NON-CERT. OGDEN COTTON SEED • CERT. STONVILLE 213 COTTON SEED • CERT. REX SMOOTH LEAF COTTON SEED FERTILIZERS • BIG «N" AMMONIUM NITRATE • BIG «N" NIGROSINE SOLUTION • POT ASH • DARLING MIXED WEED & GRASS CONTROL IN SOYBEANS • VJBRNAM • ORTHO SOYBEAN SEED PROTECTION • DI-SYSTON FOR EARLY INSECT CONTROL Blytheville Seed fiMW.Mitn Pfiont PO l-6ISi A*MAN-SIZE"OUTDOOR PLAY PEN (ASHY AND •MAN MWT FOR TORASf. UNIK A9E FMreNfO WflETHER WITH .2 LOOSE-PIN 3" BUTT OF WFSF BASIC UNITS AVASISTVOf SIZ65 AND SHAPES CAN BE AttOf TO SUIT YOUR Nf EOS PUNI AND SANO AUCOKNEBSOF FfttMC ROUND. eivc WOOD PACTS 3 COATS OF SPAR VARNISH Alfalfa Weevil Scored Flernoy G. Jones Many fields of alfalfa are being seriously damaged by the alfalfa weevil. This pest appeared in 21 southeastern and south central counties of Missouri for the first time in 1964. During 1965 an additional 8 counties were added to the list. The larvae cause the majority of damage by skeletonizing the terminal and upper leaves of the first cutting and the new growth following the removal of the first crop. Damaged fields first appear greenish-gray, then gray, and then a frosted appearance as the skeletonized leaves dry. The newly hatched larvae are about 1/20 inch long and are yellow except for a shining black head. When full grown, they are about % inch long. Their heads j are black; their bodies green.' They have a wide white strip running down the middle of their backs paralleled by two faint white stripes on either side. Control of the larvae is justified when 50% of the terminal buds or leaves show feeding damage. Use any of the following a$ sprays applied at the rate of at least 15 gallons per acre and increase to 20-25 gallons when growth is rank and dense. a. Use malathion at 20 ounces (1 quart 57% malathion emulsi- fiable concentrate) per acre. Not effective at temperatures below 60 degrees F. b. Or use methoxychlor at I'A pounds (3 quarts 25% methoxy- chlor emulsifiable concentrate) per acre. c. Or use Guthion at 0.5 pound (1 quart 22% Guthion spray concentrate) per acre. Not effective at temperatures below 60 degrees F. d. Or use methyl parathion at fl.S pound (1 quart 25% methyl parathion emulsifiable concentrate) per acre, applied by commercial operator. Due to the relative short residual activity of these insecticides, it may require from 1 to 2 sprays on the first cutting and a. stubble or new growth spray to effectively control this pest. Usually 1 spray application plus early harvest gives an acceptable first cutting of alfalfa. CAUTIONS: No preharvest interval is required with this dosage of malathion. DO NOT ap ply methoxychlor on alfalfa within 7 days Of cutting. DO NOT apply Guthion on alfalfa within 2 days , of cutting nor make more than one application per cutting. DO NOT apply methyl parathion within 15 days of cutting. In fields where alfalfa is grown exclusively for hay, weevil damage can be reduced (1) by growing dense vigorous stands and (2) by cutting the first crop Maloch Says By D. V. Maloch County Agent In this area low yields and interior quality nuts cause more pecan growers to get concerned about their production than any of the other problems. According to the Pecan Research Laboratory personnel at Shreveport, La. part of our trouble in this area is due to leaf damage by (1) fungus and insects (2) early defoliation which stops carbohydrate production in the plant (3) tree crowding (4) wide variation in soil moisture (5) a short growing season. In many of the older groves in South Mississippi County, the trees are so close together that sunshine and air circulation is somesvhat retarded. It takes about nine healthy leaves to mature out one pecan according to the research men. This means that anything that causes the leaves to be less efficient than they should be will affect pecans more or less. The Stuart having varity is subject "packing material" to brown spongy patches on the kernals and the problem of high quality nuts increases. The recommendation that we have for producing quality pecans are (1) to practice sanitation - turning under all of the old leaves and small limbs (2) fertilize according to soil tests and (3) reduce as much as practical the competition for pecan trees for sunlight and air. The date for planting varies a lot from farm to farm.. Those that plant extra early have already started but many others are waiting patiently for a good rain and April 15 or later. Nearly all of the ground in the county is ready to plant with a minimum amount of further land preparation. A little cotton was planted in March. The acreage of soybeans planted in March was much greater than the amount of cotton planted but nearly all fields and fix it where the panters could do an excellent job in both mixed and heavy soils. Fifty-three leaders from all areas of Mississippi County met at the high school in Osceola Thursday night of last week to discuss the need for a county development council to more adequately plan for growth in the economy for all segments of the population. * * * Attending the meeting were farmers, bussinessmen, elected officials, professional people including agricultural workers, superintendents of school, secretaries of Chambers of Commerce, lawyers, mechanics and others. After a discussion led by the Honorable A. A. Banks, County Judge and chairman of the meeting; Lon Hardin, field representative of the EDA (Economic Development Authority); C. A. Vines, Extension Director and J. B. Williams, Extension Specialist, the group voted to initiate county development and an overall program for progress and development of job opportunities and improved income and better living conditions for all of the people. At the conclusion of the meeting, Judge Banks was elected permanent chairman of the committee. Additional committee members will be appointed or elected at a later date. The Extension Service will, as they have in all the other counties in the state, take the lead in assisting with the development of the program. This project in developing an overall program does not take the place of any other organization nor its activities but can and will assist in pulling all the plans together and aid in getting more effective work done. when most of the plants are in only a small percent of the total - - -' • • acreage that will be planted in The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution provided that and close. Remove hay from fields promptly. A field free of crop remnants deprives larvae of food and shelter and exposes them to the sun. The exposure is usually fatal. 1966. K the weather remains mild and good the acreage that will be planted earlier than usual will be the largest in many years. A good two inch rain would melt the cods in senators be elected directly by the people. Rio de Janeiro's statue of Christ the Redeemer is the work of Paul Landowski. Tht remtrksblt John Deere Spruce your place up evenings if you like. Take weekends easy the year around! You can do it with « John Deere "110" Tractor. Mow. Vacuum leaves. Clear anow. Till your garden. Add pleasure and ieisun to suburban living! See the John Deere '110" with (•season attachment* now. CoavNuentowSt. JOHN DEEM IAWNSGAROHC 7RACIOR MISSCO I. Co. Impl. Ph. PO Ph. PO 3-4434 80. 81 Highway CAN 60 Now Treflan* helps cut the cost of growing cotton by controlling weeds • Controls owr two dozen leaf weeds and grasses • Keeps working longer than other cotton weed Mttem • Reduces need for temporary fleW nboc ••• • Gives dependable resoits, TinAm isn't aflactad by •cBorMftn-orltielBckoft • Canbeappisdwafaiwdof SEE- The PAUL D. FOSTER Company 711 South Monroe St. PO 3-7021 r ABOUT TREFIAR.. .THE WEATHERPROOF WEED CONTROl Weeds Are Major Threats Bo Gibson Associate County Agent Weeds plague soybean farmers and are a major threat in Arkansas. Large numbers of seed produced by uncontrolled weeds remain viable in the soil {or several years and constantly reinfest the fields. They will continue to cause a problem where allowed to grow mature. There are several ways weeds become established. Weeds going to seed, planting uncleaned field seed, weed seed washed in or brought in with equipment are a few. Weeds are a total farm problem; they compete with all crops grown. Some advantages in soybean weed control are: 1. Higher yield per acre and better quality seed. Weeds compete with soybeans for plant food, mositure, light and space. 2. Lower labor costs in crops that follow. 3. Reduced combine trouble and repair. 4. Reduced loss of soybean yields due to inefficient combine operation. 5. Reduced natural habitat for insects. Weed infestations which Include the troublesome cockle- bur, pigweed, Johnsongrass and giant foxtail are particular nuisances. Any practice that will result in vigorously growing soybean plants will aid in their competition with weeds. Early control is necessary to reduce weed competition with soybeans. AMMONIUM NITRATE FERTILIZER Gulf Oil Corporation Chemical* Department A|rl*ultwr.l ChtrtitallB OUrtflM* 1102 Henderson Street Plione PO 3-4471 BlyUieville, Arkinsu For weatherproof weed control long-lasting weed control • sure control of all annual grasses • control of many prof it-robbing broadleaf weeds in... Cotton we recommend Get Treflan* from Compfeft 24 Hr. Serv/ce On Wnd Control Chemicals And equipment HARDY SALES AND SERVICE 70S Cleorlqke Ave. Ph. PO 3-6978 Blythwlllt, Ark.

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