The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1949 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 1, 1949
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FOUR , BLITHEVfLLB (ARKJ COURIER KEWS FRIDAY, JULY I, 1S4* \\ n t A r <» « 4- ^£t O Jiti .,...__ mm w- ^i» *• -^j^- iSr w ^^^^Ijj^^^^^^mJi^mSiii: 78 Mechanical Cotton Pickers \ Average 100 Bales Each During 1948 Season, Survey Discloses Mechanical cotton pickers used in Arkansas fields last fall averaged picking: over 6.2 acres per day and the quality of staple was Rood, or almost as good for cotton picked by hand, University of Arkansas Extension Service officials disclosed this week, 'Die statement !s based on infor--fr • •— mat ion contained in replies to rjnes- lions covering T8 mechanical cotton pickers used by 65 fanners in 18 counties during tiie l!M8 picking season. H was found that the average picker was used 28 days, covering 17-1 acres of actual picking, or an average of 6.2 acres per dny. Approximately 250 pickers were used in the state, eight of which were in North Mississippi County. Kxtensitm service officials in reporting on the survey said that .some fields were picked as many as three times by the mechanical pickers, and that each picker averaged harvesting 100 bales of cotton for the season. Machine Cares fur 103 Acres J 'When related to the average reported yield of 485 pounds per acre, this means," the extension service analysists said, "that (he equivalent of 103 acres per machine was completely harvested. 1 ' '•Thl5 100 bales made up about one-eighth of the cotton produced by the 65 fanners who reported on the results from their mechanical pickers. It should be noted, however," the report indicated, "that only 7.6 per cent of the total acres of cotton reported; by farmers mlng mechanical pickers was completely harvested by these machines, "In most cases hand picking was used after one time over with the mechanical picker. Considerable variation Iroin farm to farm was apparent. Very few of these farmers relied heavily on the mechanical picker as a means of harvesting uieir total cotton .crop, "On those farms where the pickers were available throughout the picking season (he equivalent of U2 acres was completely harvest rd. One farmer, however, used his picker 70 days, covering 350 actual picking acres, which if translated into complete harvesting would approximate '207 acres. "Another fanner owning three I pickers reported that he used them to harvest fiO per cent of his 700- acrc crop Apparently these pickers were operating under the best weather conditions, since wet fields were reported by some farmers as making full use ol (heir machines impossible. To Buy ,>Jnre Pickers "One owner said thai uis picker was not used any during 1948 because of an abundant, supply of FIRST'BXLE KIKST TK.VAS I1AI.K—The first bale of the 1049 cotton season was ginned June 13 nt McAllen, Tex., and was sold by Its owner, Joe Acosta, 27, of McAtlen for J2.5'- J 8. Mi 1 . Atosta is shown grinning broadly beside his bale. The bale was of Stoneville 2B variety and weighed 510 pctuids. It brought Acosla $4.90 per pound. The first bale of the 1948 season wa.s also of the Stoneville '2B variety and was ginned on June 13. CULVERTS CONCRETE CULVERTS—ALL SIZES BLOCKS Rock Fst-e — ['lain — Cimlcr Cinder Partition Blocks Pyramid (House) Blocks & Bases Sand & Gravel • WE DELIVER • JOHNSON BLOCK CO. Hiway 61 South Phone 2380 .., FROM YOUR GRAIN balanced with PURINA CONCENTRATES V-'nh on abundant* of grain you'H b» looking loiwatd lo a big pig crop and 10 a ;eal hog prafil oppor] unity. Male* lh« mosl poilt &( youi giainj>7 bnV dicing il wiih Purina Conc*nirai*i. LET US GRIND AND MIX YOUR GRAIN TO MAKE... SOW S PIG RATIONS — Civ* IQWI a p'ftj building ration befoi* fallowing ...a milk-making ralion whil* nutt- ing. Let ui balance your grain wiife Purina Sow & Pif Chaw. FATTENING RATIONS —C«l up lo U moi* poik Itom gtoin than wilh lank- aq» or other single ingrtdient tuppl»- mentt. \W]| balance your frain with Puuna Hog Chow. WE USE APPROVED PURINA FORMULAS Our [ormulal w*r« d«v»|- cped and 1*il«d by Putin* Btseo/ch. W» hav« a lot' tr.u'a le mak* good UM p( th« grain you tail*. 4493—Telephone—4493 L. K. Ashcraft Fresh Peas Should Not be Harvested Until Gardner is Ready to Eat Them What a frpsh vegetable? In the market the term means a vegetable \\hiuh has noA been canned or frozen, though it may travel several days nfter being harvested before reaching the home. Mexican tabor. He had used It on a few acres during 1946 and 19-47 and was keeping it as 'insurance.' "One fanner volunteered the Information that his picker worked well in one variety of cotton but was not entirely satisfactory in har- i vesting another common variety. ; Most of the farmers commenting I upon their e.xpencnce with Hie me- j chanical pickers were well pleased j with their performance. One op[ eralor reported that his 194H ex• pcrience was .so satisfactory that j he would use four more machines I in 1949, with the the expectation of ! completely mechanizing his har- ! vest. I "Aa Inquiry concerning the use ' of the tractor on which the picker To home gardeners, on the other hand, a fresh vegetable is one jus from the garden. How long it will stay fresh Is a subject o dcba te. As soon as n vegct able Is picked it begins to los« something vitamins, flavor, tenderness, some thing you like, that's good for you l.oss of flavor is mast noticeable and reaches its extreme In swee corn and garden peas, which on I; home gardeners can enjoy at thei best. Some .say that no more thai half an hour should elapse be twee» harvest ing and serving on th table. Loss of vitamins and tender UES.S may not be so rapid, but it i Important lor the health of tli family that eats the vegetables. Keep In Refrigerator Only truly garden-fresh vegeta bles should be frozen or canned and commercial operations usually planned so that a minimun time elapses between the harves and the processing/ Similar planning should be done f Smit/i-Doxey Applications Due by Aug. 1 Seven groups of cotton farmers in •gimizid Improvement groups have applied for benefits under the Simth-Doxey Act, according to Milliard L. Garner, Memphis colon representative of the Produc-, Ion and Marketing Administration, U. S. Department of Agriculture. "This represents about 3,500 ariners," he said, pointing out that ast year 201 groups, representing 6G,4fi7 farmers took advantage of he free cotton classing and market •icws service available under the Smith-Doxey Act. Applications for these USDA services are still available from the Memphis cotton classing office, county agents and ginners. They Khoulcl be sent Immediately to Un- ed States Department of Agrictil lure. PMA. P. O. Box 363. Memphis Cotton classing Office. • "Our goal Is to get all applications in this week." Mr. Garner explained. "This will Rive farmers time to make arrangement* for sampling the cotton. It will also nclp us to get ready to ojwrate at full speed when the peak of the season comes." Deadline for accepting applications for Smlth-Dlxey benefits Is August 1. 1849 in Arkansas and Mississippi. Cotton Farmers Need More Hot And Dry Weather LITTLE ROCK, July I. </p)— Even If you think It's too hot Arkansas cotton farmers need lot more sunshine. If they don't get U, says the State Extension Service, there is a good chance a boll weevil Infestation will ruin their 1949 cotton crop. C, A. Vines, district agent for the Extension Service, reported that recent heavy rains have aided weevil which has been damngine lo Arkansas cotton fields. Vines said a generous sprinkling of calcium arsenate poison Is the best artificial weapon against the infestation. However, he said, a long hot, dry spell is what .the cotton farmers really need. Ark , are the 10 used for reporting daily and weekly price averages. A WORD TO THE WISE FARMER HERE ARE 2 REASONS WHY YOU'LL BENEFIT BY GETTING NOW A John Blue Fertilizer Distributor Now is the (ime to side dress your cotton for best results . . . and you'll find no better way than by using a John Blue Fertilizer Distributor. It's proved to give accurate and uniform distribution of your fertilizer. Since it is expected that we will have cotton control acreage next year, you will want to plant vetch this fall. With a John Blue Fertilizer Distributor all you need for vetch planting are two augers. So come in today and see this new machine ... we have the type to fit your tractor. SPECIAL! ||john Blue Fertiliser Distributor for Ford [or Ferguson Tractors ........ TWO ONLY ea. INTERNATIONAL HARVESTS 3/2 SOUTHS™ ST. PHONE863 mounted for other farm work j by home gardeners in harvestsn brought replies to the effect that t»eir crops. If vegetables must be . | most of them were detached and^ used En moke a crop. Out of the 18 pickers involved, 51 were reported to have been detached, six were not, 16 were obtained too late in the season, and the owners of the other five did not answer this question. The few farmers who did not detach their tract ovs were equally divided in answers that "they were not needed" and "T was afraid to." Repair Costs Vary "Most of t he fanners reported that, white hand picking ."started during The first iiall of September, few of the mechanical pickers were used until about the 25th of th** month, wiih the average dale of starting being October 8. This late beginning date undoubtedly led to considerable difficulty because of the late fall rains, pointing to the desirability of an early-maturing j variety of cotton which can be gotten out of the fields before the end of October. "Repair costs reported by owners of fi4 of the mechanical "pickers averaged 517;> per machine during Ihr .season, ranging upward from nolhing to SOOO. '•lassos through down-grading of mncrhine picked cotton presents a considerable problem to many farmers, a 11 hough one-fourth of those reporting indicated that they suffered no loss in grade. However, nearly one-fourth reported a Io$s of one grade as compared to handpicked cotton. "Of those stating (heir losses In monetary terms more than half indicated that they lost from $10 to $20 per bale. Most of these farmers defoliated their cotton prior to mechanical cotton picking." kept for more than an hour after [J harvesting, the refrigerator Is the place to keep them. But the gar- i den is :i better place to keep vegetables fresh than the refrigerator. The economy of a garden is set- : dorn considered from this viewpoint but it, is an important one. There is no waste from, storage. The vegetables are kept «t their best quality while growing. They may get over-manure if left too long in the soil but they keep fresh where they grow, and only a quantity sufficient for a meal need be gathered, leaving the rest to remain in tip-top condition for another day and another meal. A garden saves a lot of room In the ice box and provides better quality vegetables than can possibly be gathered from the refrigerator. only 1336 19 DELIVERED TO YOUR FARM Lubbock, Tex., Becomes Spot Cotton Market Unit WASHINGTON, July 1—/£*)—The ! cotton market at Lubbock. Tex.. « - il| be designated a bona fide spot market under terms of cotton marketing laws, the Agriculture Department said yesterday. The Lubbock market will not be used, at least for the present, as one of the 10 markets designated for reporting daily and weekly av- j crnge market prices of middling [ 15 16 men "OEton. The nine markets used now as a ba.sis for settling futures contracts are Memphis. New Orleans, Dallas Houston, Gal vest on, Charleston, SC,, Augusta, Ga-, Savannah, Gi., and Montgomery, Ala. These markets and Little Rock, FORD TRACTORS CATERPILLAR DIESEL COTTON GIN ENGINES 50 TO 500 HORSE POWER J. A. RIGGS TRACTOR CO. West Memphis, Ark. are real bargains because... First Cost is LOW • Performance is BIG Upkeep is LITTLE Resale Value is HIGH FREE Demonstration on YOUR Farm . . . YOU BE THE JUDGE! You owe it lo yourself to see n Ford Tractor perform. We will arrange that performance for you; you name the spot and we will put the Ford Tractor through its paces. What's more we will let you operate it yourself. There will he no charge »nd no obligation for (his demonstration. We arf willing to go to this trouble and expense simply because a real demonstration is the only way a farmer can fully appreciate what the Ford Tractor has to offer. Arrange for this demonstalion tnd then you be the judge! Russell Phillips Tractor Company Highway 61 South Phone 2171

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