The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on January 28, 1963 · Page 13
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 13

Ottawa, Kansas
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Monday, January 28, 1963
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THE OTTAWA HERALD Monday, Jan. 28, 1963 "Leave Some Soil For Posterity" By DICK CRAWFORD "I dont like plowing the short rows it requires," Bill Rice commented about terracing, "but we got to do it to have any soil left for posterity." Rice, whose family lives on RFD 2, Ottawa, started his soil conservation program in 1947. Before that time he recalls, "The least little sprinkle would fill the road ditches with top soil." Rice, one of the 1962 Conservation Award winners, said before his conservation work got underway not only could he see his farm washing away, but even his neighbors commented about it. A young couple who reared Rice's mother settled and built 'CONSERVATION BOOSTERS — Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rice won Bankers Award for conservation program on their farm, Ottawa RFD 2. Said Bill: ". . . we got to do it to have any soil left for posterity." (Herald Photo) Know What Your Soil Needs? Test And See George W. Wright, Extension specialist in soil testing, Kansas State University, Manhattan, tells of the advantages of 'testing in this article written especially for The Herald's Conservation Edition—The Editor. By GEORGE W. WRIGHT The term "Soil Conservation" has been defined in many ways. One definition that I like particularly is that soil conservation is managing the soil in such a way that the soil will be capable of producing bountiful crops for an unlimited period of time. A more limited definition deals with the direct control of soil erosion. I would like to consider how the proper use of fertilizers can apply to erosion control. It is well known by all that soil bare of plant cover is subject to removal by wind and water; yet, in order to plant our crops, we find it necessary to cover or remove a large percentage of this soil cover. To combat the damage from erosion, two of the practices that are open to us are leaving a good portion of the crop residue on the surface, or to get a new crop growing in as short a time as practicable. A good fertilizer program will help in either instance. In the first, the more vigorous plants grown under high fertility will leave more crop residue, and in the second case, the fertilizer will help to get the new crop off to a fast start, A note that I would add here is that in order to know the type and amount of fertilizer SAM, the Tire Man Says. . . Good Traction and Soil Conservation Go Together needed for an individual piece of land, the soil should be tested. Soil testing is our best single aid in knowing how much and which fertilizer to use. up the farm about the time they were married. Rice was born near Homewood and moved to the original farm 43 years ago. He has lived there since. At present 70 per cent of the 546-acre farm is terraced, and waterways are all set for more terracing. Conservation records show nine acres of waterways. Rice said the first terraces he built still are good and still do the job they were built to do. Conservation has resulted in more rows of crops, better yields and the elimination of gullies through fields. Rice particularly is pleased that he isn't losing top soil like he was before. Rice raises all kinds of grains, some Angus cattle, and he is a milk producer. Mr. and Mrs. Rice, the former Ruby Fritts, have three children: Gary, Sharon and Darlene. Gary, 23, was married last Friday to Barbara Dryden. Sharon is 17 years old, a junior at Ottawa High School and a member of Town and Country 4-H Club. Darlene, 8, is a third-grader at Hawkins School and member of Town and Country 4-H Club. Mrs. Rice belongs to the local Rebekah Lodge, Fairmount HDU, Merry-Go-Round Club and has served as co-deputy, or juvenile deputy, of the Hawkins Grange for five years. Rice has belonged to IOOF Lodge No. 24 for 10 years. He has gone through the chairs of the lodge and has been past grand and past chief patriot of the Grand Lodges of the IOOF. He now serves on the Ottawa Co-Op board and has been county deputy of the Hawkins Grange for five years. Along with his Grange membership, Rice is the representative of Patrons Mutual Insurance a Grange insurance. For the past 10 years he has served on the Ottawa Township Board and has been a member of the Hawkins School board for 18 years. He also is director of the Kansas Rural School Association for the 3rd Congressional District. The family attends the New Hope Baptist Church. Mrs. Rice spends her leisure time reading crocheting and embroidering. Rice's favorite pastime is fishing in a new lake created ori,'the farm in 1958 when rock was quarried for use in building Inter* state-35. SEE Chuck Reams For BULLDOZING Soil Conservation Approved 636 N. Mulberry CH 2-5681 Flood damage caused by flash flood following a 7 inch rain in upper Hickory Creek watershed. While floods on the major streams have a good flood control program underway, the floods on the small streams continue to rage unchecked, causing extensive damage to crops, roads, fences and bottomland fields along the main stem of the creeks. A complete watershed protection program on these small streams consisting of terraces, waterways, crop rotations and pasture seeding, supplemented by floodwater retarding structures would do much to reduce this sort of damage. Sam Offers the FASTEST On-the-Farm Service -- Right to Your Field -- No Delay with GILLETTE Super Power Bar Every day, "SAM, the Tire Man" offers the LOWEST Prices on FIRST LINE Tractor, Truck and Passenger Tires J "SAM, The Tire Man" Tire & Supplies, Inc CONGRATULATIONS... Soil Conservation Methods Furnish the Right Answer We Wish to Congratulate The 1963 Award Winning Families: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. McMillen, Rt. 2, Wellsville, Kansas Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hamilton, Pomona, Kansas Mr. and Mrs. William H. Rice, Rt. 2, Ottawa, Kansas We feel that special recognition should be extended to the personal of the local Soil Conservation Offices for the conscientious efforts in soil conservation throughout the county. Congratulations to Irvin F. Ross, Work Unit Conservationist; Emmett L Richter, Conservationist; Lelan E, Davis, Conservationist Aid-, and Emily Kirkpatrick, District Clerk. Take Care of Your Soil and It Will Take Care of You" SAM MOTT, Manager 110 West 4th St. CH 2-4436 ^s^ Soil conservation not only helps to protect and improve the land, but helps lower the cost of farm production. For both the present and future, it pays off handsomely! We Urge You To Attend The 17th Annual Conservation Meeting. •- A fine, free lunch will be furnished by the Banks in Franklin County and this outstanding program will be presented: 1:00 P.M.. . . Business Meeting 11:00 A.M.... Motion Picture, "Valley of Still Waters 11 11:30 A.M.... Drawing for "Early Bird" door prize 11:45 A.M. Lunch 2:00 P.M.... Harold Ensley "The Sportsman's Friend". . .Program 2:45 P.M Door Prizes donated by merchants of Franklin County FIRST NATIONAL BANK Of OH AW A Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

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