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Chriiti CALLER-TOOS, Sun., Aug. 19, 1951 Cotton Ginnings Total 81,011 Bales in Area Cotton ginnings in the Coastal of 4H bales over gainings for the;up to 40,491 bales. Revision of esti- Bend climbed to the surprising to- previous week. iinates indicates that San Patricio tal of 81,011 bales last week, and; San Patricio County continued to'county ginning may reach the it appears now that the season's'lead the area in total ginnings for;50,000-bale mark this season, total may exceed the 100,000- bale jthe week as well as in totals for! Although Nueces County ginnings mark. j t h e season. Ginnings in the coua-Ji ast w? ek "were more than 1.000 Ginnings for the week ending-ty last week amounted to H,453;t a i es under the previous week's to- Friday totaled 26.764 bales--a gain bales, bringing the season's totalJmi, gins operating in, the county _ . iwere kept busy. They tuned out FARM NEWS GKADY STILES, Editor DISTRIBUTOR IN ACTION--This new type distributor places fertilizer in bands at a depth several inches below the surface. The material is dropped in a furrow made by the prongs on a Graham-Hoehme plow. Width of the rows is adjustable. Future Farmers Get Awards at Annual Area 10 Banquet Here JL over the previous week's 765 bales. The Central Power and Light j A d a n Garza, Joe M. Martinez. Rio j Total ginnings in the county Co. was host to Future Farmers,! Grande City; Jesse Burrow. Gerry j amount to 2,566 bales. [5,370 baies during the week 1 bring the season's total up to 17,858! j bales. j ! Showed Drwp , ! In Jim Wells County last week's 'ginnings showed a drop trom ihe, ' I previous week's totals, also. In the) j county 1,866 bales were ginned dur- ! ing the past week as compared to 12,017 for the previous week. Total 'ginnings for the season in Jirai j Wells County amount to 7,071. j Bee County gins turned out 1,445 J bales last week as compared t o j '1,311 for the previous week, bringing the county's total to 4,714 bales for the season. In Live Oak County 830 bales were ginned last week, a slight gain vocational agriculture teachers, and their guests at the animal Area 10 Awards Banquet held Friday Shudde, Sabinal; Thomas G. Roberts, San Benito; Ernesto Barrera, Duval County gins turned out 676 bales last week--a gain of 100 bales over ginnings for the pre- KNEW PIONEEE RAINMAKERS-- Jonas Weil of Cor-' pus Christi has long been acquainted with man's efforts at rainmaking., He was on hand back in 1891 when the Army 'shot the works' in an effort to produce rain in Duval County. Weil Saw '91 Rainmaking Had you been passing through Duval County on a quiet April day night at the Driscoll Hotel. [San Diego; Jackie Lee D u g e , j v j o u s wee i_ Ginnings for the sea-!60 years ago, you probably would have taken to cover like a modern trips aloft in a captive balloon to look the situation over. Weil said he made one trip with Ellis, but that was enough ballooning for him. Balloons Exploded Finally the big day arrived. The Roycc Killer of Mission was! »^* "esiacu. j bales. dowr after a u i f i r e v o r k s P owder - fil 'ed bags were made toastmaster for the evening. j Henry Grebe ot Bishop spoke o n j The Sol , th ha]t of Re{ugio coun-jkad cleared away. j ready; the old cannon was hauled The opening ceremony was con-i''How I Became Star Lone Starjty, taking in the Bayside, Bonniej The hullaballoo was noTTiing i into place; and a large quantity ducted hy Area 10 FF_A officers; j Fanner." David Vickers, Jr., of I View and Richardson communities, i more than an early effort at rain-! of sulphuric acid was poured into " er !ginn-d 1,175 bales last week, aimaking. " ! ti, P ri . tpPT , Representatives of schools from F r a n k 1 i n Slautzenberger, Skid-;son total 1,977 bales. the 1,162 for the preced-j Total for the season In! ;the cistern water and iron shav- communities amounts to! 3,3-18 bales. It was a lot noisier than the: ;ings to c r c a t e a as Vv , ilh which to test-tube and somewhat secretive I ,, ' of modern rainmakers; bul| f:j! hl ^ e ballonns that were ^ *e gave Twenty-four guests were mtro-. Certificates of Merit were pre- *,TM naies. who 'is ' there to say that i t ' w a s ! sent aloft and exploded, duccd by Charles D. Parker sup.| 8ented to the following FFA Chap- Brooks County gins turned out| not just as crfecU ve! j On that day. voung Weil quit his ervisor of vocational agricultmei. 1201 bales last week; 221 the pre-! ,, - ' . , , .,' , in Area .10. , i ,; ' , 4 VM , , ,, ! ceding week; and 787 for the sea! , Not m ^ l\ e ° P l * remember: desk p.nd pencil to take charge of , ~ i .4 C-.,,KI.,«, C hapters-Bee-i so|1 _ jthose early efforts at scaring thei t n e cannon. ISVRl Marriott of Corpus Christ! represented Use State Board of Edv l . . i . i _ _ . _ t . . _ .. j r~i... 1. ! V G o l d Emblem Bishop, Georje West, Lytle,, 8 9 Bale T()ta! · clouds into pouring out rain; but! i there are still a few who can re-! While the day was -yet younp. FERTILIZER DISTRIBUTOR--Otto Wehmann, farm foreman; Kenneth Jackson, Kleberg County agricultural agent; and C. W. ( B i l l ) Brodnax, AI College farm manager, inspect a new type fertiliser distributor developed at the college farm. The machine is getting its first test this summer. New Fertilizer Distributor leriments Held at AI College nration at the b a n q u e t ; and Rob-iNat.ilia, Pleasanion, Poteet, Pre tically working to get their cotton I n o t only remembers the occasion. | breezes was Mowing, City, Lone Star Kannc,· Degrees were ly re ,. no Mullen. Pliarr-Snn J u a n j conferred on the following t b A I m e m b e r s : ' Billy li.'ivelka. RfinquMe; Kenneth Buri-hfielit Milton R. Hatcher, Richard garito Reyes, Billy Love, Mar- Raymond S m i t h . picked as quickly «s possible. Me-i b u t he WHS ris;hl in the big m i d d l e l h e balloons, instead of rising, chanical pkkers'were operating ini° ; the whole enterprise. .floated almost parallel to the many fields in the area, and most! A youngster just out of school;ground. A short, distance from .iu.'in- Alamo, Rio Grande San Diego. Tuloso-Midway. Presented Awards j i a r m e r s had been able to get fair-land with "yet only a passing 1 a c - j c n m p it exploded, and the concus- H. O. Roberts, farm director of [sized crews of hand pickers. jquaintance with 'the razor, Weiljsirm knorked down the tents of the Central Power and Light Co., pre- Exp R e e v i l l e - H e n r y Grebe, Jr., Bishop; Isented awards to 13 chapters for David Johnson, Don Noah, Cntulla; j^ork they did during the past^eur Richard Bohl Bobby Joe Rogers,;on farm electrification. They were Joe Kinorv Wricht." Dcvine; Bob|Alice, Beeville. George West, Gre-- gory, Mathis. Odem, premont, Sinton, Toft. Three Rivers, and Victoria. Orange Grove, Edcouch- D'Hanis: Noc Cavazos, Don- 1 aid R-Mifro, Kdcouch-Elsa; James iSfWart. Willard Williams, Geor 11 is felt that gathering this sea- j was employed as secretary for the ' son's crop is between 60 and percent complete. West- Charles Wendlanri, Chailes!Eisa.' pen, and the fertilizer is covered [experiment on the, college farm, W'inkler, Hondo; There's always something new under the sun--especially around the AI College farm at Kingsville.j- This time it's a new tvpc ferti-| w 'H be available to roots of t h e j p l i e c l In bands with the new cl beneath the new beds, about e i g h t j w h t c h calls for the application s.jinohes below the seed bed where it'varying amounts of fertiliser Honorary Lone Star Farmers de of Clinton Bippert LaCostc; Gerry j glees were presented last nigh Nor-1 to six adults who have made out lizer distributor that puts commercial fertilizers clown in bands below the seed beds. The machine designed under the nupervision of C. VV. (Bill) Brod- young plants. Both Brodnax and Jackson, who watched the machine in operation last week, agreed that it will work equally well on cropland or on pas- nax, farm manager, was demon- turelands; and they will try it on strated last week when 45 percent superphosphate in pellet form was put down in rows that will be used in legume experiments on the col-i pastures both types of land. They also agreed that it will sdapt itself readily to renovating cultivated lege farm. Brodnax said that others, "llkej Kleberg County Agricultral Agent Kenneth Jackson, who are interested in determining the best way to put out fertilizer, have cooperated in studying the most efficient way to get fertilizer in the ground and that the consensus iiow favors putting it in bands beneath the seed bed. The machine which was built for use on the farm consists of three fertilizer .boxes mounted on a Gra- ham-Hoehme plow. For use on the farm, prongs on the plow were set 38 inches apart with a distributor box above each prong. A spout extends from t h e - b o x - t o a point immediately behind the p l o . w prong; and as the plow opens a ·furrow,- the fertilizer is p o u r e d through the spout and covered up immediately behind the plows. : The fertilizer is applied in bands In the furrows. After it has been put dawn, the beds are b r o k e n Brondnax is planning a legume 1 chine. He will also use it on pas- 'lurelnnd. In the meantime, Jackson is planning to carry on experiments on several Kleberg County farms, using 'the machine to apply fertilizer to both croplands and pastures. "The machine," Brodnax said, "ought to be a natural in applying fertilizer to watermelon land," up.! Le« Bales. J. C. Eastman, ma-! man Homady. Lytle; Joe Ramos, i standing contributions to FFA pro Jackie Schwarz, Mercedes; Sim grams during the past year. They Pruitt. Jr.. Natalia: Eugene Holm, were S. T. Brown, George West; Odcm; Wayman Dial, Phillip Pa- chcco. J. V. Taylor, Jr., Pettus; Merwyn Beamsley. Ronald Beams- Icy, P'harr; J i m 'Persyn, Pleasanton: Robert Tabberrir, Poteet; Kenneth Esau, Homer Martin, Grady P. Lester, Carrizo Springs; Ray E. Meyer, Jourdanton; J. L Bates. Corpus Christi; V o 1 m e r Roberts, Alice; Victor Schmidtzin sky, Pleasanton. H. C. Engstrom of Pharr and Mrs. Anna M. Nelsey Jr.- James S n e a d , Tony Ray I of McAllen, also winners of the Thompson, Premont; K e n n e t hi honorary degree this year, were Richmond. Raymondville; J o s e not present at the banquet. Alice Ring Has Good Offerings : Offerings at the Alice Livestock Commission Co. in Alice Friday totaled 1,168 head, according to King- Hinnant, Jr., member of the' auction firm. · Of this number, SR6 head were cattle, 274 head of sheep and goats, and 28 head of hogs. Hinnant said offerings of calves were heavy and made up a large part of the day's sale. Top hogs brought $21 a hundredweight; while good b u t c h e r s brought $19.50 to $20.50. Good to choice cows brought from $24 to $25,25; plain to medium, grades, $21 to $23.50; canner and cutters, $16 to $20.50. 'Prices paid for slaughter calves ranged from $33 to $35; plain to medium grades, S31 to $32.50; commons, $29 to S31. Stocker calf prices ranged from $25 to $32. BIG BIRDS-R. H. Farley and H. L. Meyer, both of Robstown, hold a pair of big toms from the flock of turkeys which Meyer- and Mrs. J. H. Bramlett are rais- ing on a farm near Alfred. The turkeys are now ready for market and probably will start moving in the next few days. · Turkeys Prove To Be Excellent Investment Mrs. Bramlett and her husband, who is employed by an oil company, are old hands at turkey raising. Bramlett said he learned about turkeys when he was a youngster in Lamar County, following shy turkey hens through the pastures to discover their nests. He has i been raising turkeys ever since. ,. .. , * · - « . . · ·.- -o , .,. i - ! However, the current enterprise is If there are skeptics about rais-j Mrs. Bramlett and. Meyer are trictlv an operation carried on by nrv tiit*1r * «rn i w +!·»». f^f\n at *i 1 T3rt»*j^ ! -S'Q 11? I« rv T h rti »· tpfinnmfi m«Ait rif 7 !»»·*. . ' - f . ,, _ » In the slaughter yearling classes, '"g turkeys in the Coastal Bend,!raising their second crop of tur- good to choice offerings broughtj l n e i r skepticism will be dispelled j keys. Last year they raised about from $32 to $34; plain to medium,i i f thev S° out to Alfred in Jim 1,100; and "their venture was so 530 to 529.50. $31.50; commons $28 to! WelIs Coilntv and see thc j healthy flocks being raised there.- their flock this year. successful that they almost doubled Mrs. Bramlett and Meyer. Bramlett himself only serves" as adviser when tough problems arise. Columbus. As a youth he was enrolled in vocational agriculture classes and carried on both poultry and livestock projects. He said, however, in this business of turkey production on a large scale, he leans heavily on the advice of Mrs. Bramlett* and her husband. Same Profit In addition to selling turkeys on live weight, they sell many dressed turkeys to business firms and cafes in Alice, Robstown, and Corpus Christi. Meyer said their profit is PAUL G. HAINES . . . barbecue speaker Paul Haiiies To Speak At Barbecue · · '* · ·- ' ' ' ' · ' j . ' ~' : A farmer-business man barbecue, sponsored by the RobstoW Uons Club, will Be held at the W. E. (Buddy) S c a r b o r o u g h Ranch near Banquete Tuesday night Principal speaker for the evening will be Paul G. Haines, soil and water conservationist for Texas AM College Extension Service. Members of tie Lions Club who are business and professional men will invite farmers as their guests to the Lbrbecue; while members who are farmers, : will:invite business and professional men. The program is being arranged y the agriculture committee of the Lions Club, Harold Calhoim is chairman Dr. H. Q. .Sibley and ^oyett parr, members. 70 j group--chiefly Army personnel- I t h a t had assembled" to carry on j t h e experiment. Site- in Duval I Duval County in 3891, lik-e many other sections of the state, was in the throes of one of the severest droughts in history. Cattle were dying hy the thousands; and Weil recalled that along the Nueccs River, only place where livestock could get water, cattle carcasses were so thick along the riverbanks that they covered the ground. Ranchers were desperate; and they had heard of experiments carried on by the Army at E! Paso and at Midland in which ex. plosives were fired into the atmosphere in the belief that it would induce rainfall. The theory had resulted from records that showed above normal precipitation in areas where battle engagements had been carried on. By the time the Army had completed its experiments at El Paso and at Midland, funds set aside for the experiments had almost (been exhausted; and, in order to camp and upset things generally. In a short time the bombardment was over, Weil said. The | weary, powder-smoked rainmakers settled down to await results. Ominous clouds gathered; and before nightfall, rain began to come down. How much it rained, Weil didn't say: but he recalled that water rushed down the little draw in which the camp was located and soldiers and other members of the group had to mova their tents to higher ground. The noise and the powder and the earthshaking explosions had frightened the clouds into unloading at least a part o'f their moisture. Whether the bombardment did the trick or whether it would have rained anyway, Weil leaves to the experts. All he knows is that it rained and that he xvas weary of his cannonading duties. Among those who were with the rainmakers was one N. A. Jennings of the New York Sun. -He sent daily letters to his paper, giving a play-by-play account of all that was happening. Jennings, Three French 'States' May Attend Jap Parley PARIS, Aug. 18. (AP) --The semi-independent countries of the ormer French Indochina--Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam--are to be invited, by the United States to take part in the Japanese treaty conference at San Francisco next month, French sources said today. An informant close to the for-" eign ministry said the invitations will be sent to the three countries early next week. France had demanded that the! ..,,.-,, --,,.,,,-,,-., , -.. .-.--. -"iWeil said, had been a Texas Ran- bring the rainmakers to D u v a lj g e r before he joined the gun _ Whj]e County, ranchers made contributions to defray the expenses. Ths Army, with all its paraphernalia,,, weather experts, and newspaper corespondents, arrived in Duval County and pitched camp a few miles out.of San Diego on the Collins ranch. Gen. Deeringforth, who was at the head of the Army group, was called to Washington and took his secretary with him. Here was where young Weil, came into the picture. He was hired as the new secretary. At first the camp was a beehive of activity, setting up for the experiment; but soon things settled down to a quiet routine. Weil said last week that he "had come to the conclusion after many, years that the rainmakers were keeping their eyes on the clouds and marking time until they thought ·!· the moment propitious to set off their fireworks. . ,L i k e modern rainmakers, they needed clouds. Along in April, things began to shape up, and the camp began to hum with activity..Small cloth bags were filled with powder and soaked-in nitroglycerine; a' cumbersome cannon that guarded the King Ranch headquarters was hauled to the Duval site; a huge cypress, cistern, filled with water, was loaded with iron shavings picked up from nearby blacksmith shops; and a meteorologist attached to the group, John Ellis of Oberlin College, made frequent the experimenters were in Duval County sweating out the clouds, Jennings spent a great deal of time fvisiting ranches gathering material for a book. Young Weil accompanied him on these trips and took notes for Jennings who later Incorporated many of the stories in', a. : "book he wrote after returning; to New York. · Tears Ago That was 60 years ago. This year, another group of rainmakers came to South Texas and began' seeding clouds with silver iodide to induce, artificial Dr. Irving Krick's in an effort precipitation. organization operated over a wide area, attempting to break the drought that has settled on South Texas. Ranchers in Jim Hogg and Brooks County formed an organization, entered an agreement with Dr. Krick to try to increase ram- fall in those two counties. It may have been, merely a coincidence, but Weil's nephew, Alex Weil, who operates a large ranch in Jim Hogg County, was secretary of the organization. And now, as if to keep the family closely identified with the mysteries and uncertainties of rainmaWng, Weil's grandson, Edwin Kessfer m, is majoring in Meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. The Weils and the weather are acquaintances of long standing. It's an expensive business rais- about the same on both liveweight Plain to medium bulls sold at Mrs -, J " «· tBra ' llctl a , nd * er ^ from $26.50 to 527.50; while cutters son-m-lRW. H. L. Meyer o( Robs-spnng ai and lisrhtweirhts hm.whf *TMTM «i!towii, have more than 1.700 tur- the famt bought their poults , , ing a flock, of more than 1.700 last' i , . , . . i . _ , , _ n?_**,..,.,_ M H : j * U n t tw.* v;»j_ and lightweights brought from S24 and put them in brooders in family garage. As soon as the j turkeys. Meyers said that the birds ars consuming around $1.400 worth of feed a month. In addition, there to $26. keys In one flock while V. A. | young birds were far enough along are vaccmes t o 'huv and em'pioyes Jackson of the Ferry-Simmons i to be on their own, they were to pay for wn t c hing the turke'vs ~ ' ' Car Crash Victim Shows Improvement E. W. (Icky) Zrubeck, 19, recently taken to John Sealy Hospital in tialveston by a Navy plane for special surgery, j s showing considerable improvement after be. ing in criilcftl condition for two days, hi* father. E. W. Zrubock, 341S CdmbrMge, wrote recently. Icky wan paralyzftd M *. result of ft car crash 37 months ago. and dressed birds. R. H. Farley, Robstown feed dealer, said that he has never seen a flock of turkeys make as three "associated states" be invited to sign the Japanese peace treaty, and had dropped veiled · hints she might refuse to sign herself unless they did. Other countries, notably India, had protested against the three going to San Francisco, on the grounds they were not independent countries, and had not existed at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. rapid growth as those in the Brain- lett-Meyer flock He said that many people had told him turkeys can r t Ranch has a flock of more than!moved to a farm near Robstown '\tpvpr «miri t h a t "it t^u-p* n - Art I . .. i . * » - » i t - t . i ottin tiiti. it, n ?\t.o *v i v v iiwuiw jmu ivmt linn v u i M - v a wmi" L · m whero the .V wc TM ^P 1 for several of paU ence to raise turkeys-andjbe raised profitably in this area- The turkeys in the Bramlett-! weeks before being transferred to; a knowledge of trick? of the trade. I but the results that have been ob-' Meyer flock are five and six - t h e farm at Alfred where they aie j H f t said thftt aa pou , ts tho birds jtained hy Mrs. Bramiett and Mey-! lhave to bo cajoled into learning! e r and by Jackson have convinced! months old and they have made: being finished for market. exceptionally fast growth. They! Meyer said yesterday that losses! to cat. He usually puts bright ob-i him that turkey production is a por- 1 are as healthy a flock of birds a* J i n the large flock n mounted to less: jects such ns colored buttons, s h i n y i f i t a b l e enterprise in this area. ' can be. found anywhere. The t o n i R J t h a n three percent. The d e a t h s I m c t n l , or colored'grains of c.ornj Jackson's flock consists of about' will weigh between 25 and S f l i t h a t did occur were caused - n o t i m tho feed trough; and the poults,ISM turkeys. He said that raising! pounds each, while the. hens will, hy ill health but because of crowd-j curious ns a coon, peck at thc j turkeys is new venture for him,! tip the scales at from 15 to IS ing when the birds were small j bright objects and in the process [hut u his plans work out success^ j pounds, They are ready for market, and it. is probable that they will begin moving within tho next few dnv*. and by thft belligerent nature of get a mouthful of fexl Once lh«yi fully this year, hs will increase birds when they were older. All the turkeys werei vaccinated when they wore poults. get th« idea of eating, they never know when to stop. Meyer, a war veteran, Is from his flock n-cxt year. Both flocks are kept on a farm twned by Jackson near Alfred. 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