The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 10, 1967 · Page 7
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 7

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 10, 1967
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Frink, Christensen And Mitchell Soil Winners Roger Frink, who farms five miles south of Fenton has been named top new Soil Conservation District Cooperator in a thirteen county north central Iowa region. Wendell Christensen, who farms six miles northwest of Wesley, and Bill Marshall, who farms four miles northeast of Algona, were named as district winners in the other two divisions. Mrs. Florence Behne, Sentral elementary teacher, was selected to represent the Kossuth district as a teacher that taught conservation in her classes. Frank H. Mendell, state conservationist for the SCS and chairman of the state judging committee of the soil conservation achievement awards program, told Frink, "You are to be commended for your efforts in furthering the cause of soil and water conservation and protecting the number one resource of our nation." Frink became a cooperator with the Kossuth county soil conservation district soon after he purchased the quarter section last year. He constructed a new grassed waterway the full length of the farm to handle the excess runoff from his and his neighbor's farm. Last fall he terraced the cropland on his farm. He used seeded back slope terraces with tile outlets. This is a new system of terracing that is being used in this area. The back slopes of the terraces were seeded to crown vetch or birds foot trefoil. Crown vetch is a new legume that is being tested in this district for critical area erosion control. The conservation practices on the farm were designed by Loren B. Bishop, conservation technician of the S.C.S. ACP cost- sharing was provided for the conservation work. Offer Loans To Buy Store And Dry Equipment Farmers who are short of storage space for the bumper corn and soybean crops expected this year were urged today to get in touch with the A5CS county office for information on available program aids. Richard I. Anderson, chairman, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation county committee, pointed out that the ever- present need for orderly marketing to protect farm prices particularly at harvest time requires sufficient cribs and bins to store crops instead of rushing them off to market right from the field. Commodity loans on stored crops can furnish immediate money and thus help farmers keep their crop off temporarily depressed markets, but this program too depends on plenty of storage space. Should a crop be high in moisture content, conditioning it before storage or marketing may be called for. In Kossuth county during the last fiscal year, storage facility loans totaled $24,788.18 for a capacity of 68,367 bushels; drying equipment loans amount to $9,817.23, Price support commodity loans totaled in the amount of $10,463,437.93. Fully-grown bottlenose porpoises sometimes weigh more than 500 pounds, DEVELOPMENTS FROM DEVALOIS I just received a very interesting eight year history of corn and bean forecasts as compared to final yields from the Statistical Reporting Service. It is interesting because of three points it shows: 1. How corn yields have increased tremendously the last eight years from 1959 to 1966. (38% is the U. S. average) 2. How bean yields have varied, but really have not increased during the 1960*5. 3. How many times have you heard the comment: "Crop reporters always over estimate early season forecasts of crop yields and their final yields have been much lower." After seeing an eight year history this just isn't true. When you study the corn records you soon see that actually early season (July 1 and August 1) forecasts have been low seven years out of eight and then have been raised gradually each month to the final yield. The exception on both Iowa and U. S. records was 1964. Evidently the reason for the underestimating error early in the season is that both farmers and forecasters underestimate the tremendous changing of technology in corn production that has and is taking place. Also early season crop forecasts are based Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1967 Algona (la.) Upper Des Maine*—7 on average weather and the weather in this period has tended to be more favorable to corn production than the long term average. The soybean picture is much different. Yields have not changed much in eight years. In both the Iowa and U. S. soybean yield forecasts the predictions have been very accurate, but tending to overestimate about 0.2 of a bushel. MEMOS FROM MARGARET Come one, come all to the Kossuth County Laundry Clinic on Monday, October 23. It will be held at the American Legion Hall (old postofflce) from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Featured on the program is Miss Wanda Triplett, Home Economist from the Maytag Company, who will present a style show on Launderable Clothes, using local women as models. A complimentary copy of Laundry Recipes will be given to each guest. The North Iowa Appliance Company, John Levy, manager and Lindsay Soft Water, Howard Miller manager, will have equipment on display, besides sponsoring a "coffee" during the afternoon. Two informative talks "Water Problems", and "Where Shall I Put My Laundry Equipment" will also be a part of the program. Cooperatives A Good Way to Get Things Done jn for getting footballs out of trees. Also, to do many other useful things. More than 60 million Americans share ownership in cooperatives. City, town, and rural people use these co-ops to get housing, food, health care, credit, insurance, drugs, furniture, and petroleum products. Rural people use cooperatives to get electricity and telephone service. Farmers use coops to get feed, fertilizer, chemicals, and steel products and to sell their trops and livestock products. All of this cooperative business totals $20 billion dollars a year. Businessmen also use cooperatives to serve their special needs—druggists, grocers, hardwaremen, clothiers, and other independent merchants. Associated Press, the world-wide news gathering agency, is a publishers' cooperative. The boys' football-retrieving co-op is informal, instantaneous. Grown-ups go at it more deliberately. They organize. They elect directors and decide the co-op's purposes, each member having one vote. The directors establish policies and hire a manager to carry them out. The distinctive mark of a co-op is that it serves the people who own it: its customers. It's locally- owned, not-for-profit, serving its member-owners at approximate cost. Through their co-op they have a voice in determining the quality of goods and services they gat and the prices they pay. In cooperatives, 60 million persons participate more fully in this country's free enterprise system. They find it a good way to get things done. TO REMIND YOU THAT OCTOBER IS COOPERATIVE MONTH Whittemore Co-op Elevator - HOBARTON BRANCH For Top Performance CO-OP Gasoline Fuel Oils Oils and Lubricants Phone 295-5614 CO-OP and Golden Sun Feeds

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