The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 30, 1954 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 30, 1954
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (AKK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JOLT W, 1934 REVIEW AND FORECAST On Missco Farms By KEITH BILBREY, County A.S.C. Vote With stricter acreage control and "total allotment." plans in prospect for 1955 it became much more important that each of you farmers participate in the A.S.C. election, of community and county committeemen. I understand a ballot will be mailed to every farmer in the county next week, along with instructions for voting. The ballot will carry ten suggested men. You are supposed to vote for five of them. If there are other men in your community that you would prefer and are not among the ten listed on the ballot you will have the freedom and opportunity of writing in the name of my one you prefer. Remember that every farmer will vote for five individuals. The farmer in the county drawing the highest number of Votes will automatically become chairman of his community committee. He will also be the delegate .to the County Convention where the county committee wm be elected Don't throw the ballot aside! It absolutely is important; VOTE. National Soybean Meeting The annual meeting of the American Soybean Association will be held in Memphis, Tennessee, Hotel Peabody, August 30 through September 2. This meeting will be of interest to many soybean growers in Mississippi County. The public is invited. You may attend any part of the Convention you like. Tuesday's program, August 31, is focused on marketing and utilization of soybeans and the by products. Wednesday's program, September 1, will be devoted to items of deepest interest in the field of production. Thursday's program, September t, will include a tour to varietal plots, defoliation test and other items of considerable interest, in Eastern Arkansas. It's of some interest to 'know that Jake Hartz, Jr., from Stuttgart, is president of the association. Irrigation Tour Scores of irrigation systems have been installed in Mississippi County this summer. They are all sizes and designs from a single three-inch pump point to a fifteen-inch well. They are also pumping from lakes, ditches, and rivers. Furrow irrigation as well as sprinkler systems are in use. Would you like to see us conduct an irrigation tour in this county? We will complete the plans for such a tour, if you are interested. Cotton Situation The USDA report on my desk this morning looks good. "Disappearance of cotton in the U. S. in 1954-55 is expected to be in the neighborhood of 13.7 million bales, compared with 12.3 million for the current marketing year." "Domestic naffi consumption for 1954-55 is estimated at about 9.2 million bales. This is an increase of about 600.000 bales over that estimated for 1953-54." •''Cotton exports in 1954-55 will probably increase to around 4y 2 million bales. "This compares with an estimated 3% million bales for the current marketing year. "The carry over of cotton in foreign free world countries on August 1,1954, is expected to be down to about eight million bales, the smallest since the end of World War II." North Mississippi County cotton crop passed the peak of possibilities two weeks ago. Scattered rains certainly has helped the crop but since the ground is so dry it appears that nothing bu'~ a general rain would help us materially at this time. The average size of our cotton plant is below normal but it does appear that most of the crop is very well loaded. Insects are at a- minimum. There has been very little insect damage of any kind this year. I believe poisoning requirements has been reduced 75% under many recent years. Mechanization Meet in L. R. Beltwide Conference Will End This Week LITTLE ROCK — Use of machines in cotton production — from disposal of crop residues in the fall up to harvesting the following year — will be viewed near here on the final day of the eighth annual Belt- wide Cotton Mechanization Conference, July 28-30. The machinery demonstration, under supervision of Kyle Engler, head of the agricultural engineering department, University of Arkansas, will be conducted on a 20- acre plot at the Harold A. Young DON'T REMEMBER THE HAIL? — These two photographs give some indication of the recuperative powers of cotton. Photo above shows cotton east of Burdette which was hammered by a heavy hail storm on June 17. All leaves were stripped from the plants and much of the stalk was chewed up. Picture at right shows field today. It has quite a few skips and the stalks are rather stunted. However, it is fruiting nicely. More rain would have made a noticeable difference in it, too. (Courier News Photo) Small black beetles that make tiny holes in tomato and potato leaves can be repelled with sprays or dusts of cryolite and DDT. Farmer's Future Life Looks Like Breeze He'll Have Fatter Cattle and Leaner Bacon By KENNETH O. GILMOKE NEA Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON (NEA) — Air-conditioned barns, automatic self-feeders and special hogs without fat — these are but a few of the innovations destined to make life easier for the farmer of the future. A r j *i. t,- i * The dav is near when a man will not have to rise at dawn to feed the chickens and milk the cows. Science is stepping in to lend a helping hand. Experts at the Department of Agriculture are devising new and better ways of producing more food. WITH WEIDS... ATLACIDE KILLS JOHNSON GRASS, BERMUDA GRASS AND MANY OTHER FARM WEEDS Widely used throughout the South for destroying all type* of weeds and grasses. Kills weed roots ... prevents regrowth. In Convenient powder form; easy to mix for spraying. E. C. Robinson Lumber Co. 319 W. Ash Phone 3-4551 get our 5-Star pre-seasoa PICKER SERVICE Be M£« of fast, labor-saving 00000 picking. Let our experienced servicemen inspect your picker, adjust it and make repairs before it's time to go krto the field. You will get cieaoec, fatter picking with our servicemen on jour cotton-picking team, Schcd- »te yo«f McCormick picker for our 14f 5-St*r Scheduled Service-NOW. Call os today for you service date Delta Implements, Inc. "Service Holds our Trade" Blytheville Phone 3-6863 "The time may come when a farmer will have to go to the lot only once a week to check on how things are going," says Dr. Byron T. Shaw, 46-year-old administrator or the Agricultural Research Service Imagine cattle that gain three or four pounds a day at no additional cost or chickens capable of laying 240 to 250 eggs a year. This kind of news can quickly make a farmer forget about the problem of price supports, and thus mean a lot to the consumer, too. m » * Such Improvements are not a dream. They have become realities in the laboratories and test lots of the Agricultural Research Service, largest cix'ilian research agency in the government. Here preparations are already being made for the year 2000, when millions of additional mouths will have to be fed. One study by the Social Security Administration estimates that 50 years hence the U. S. population will have shot up to 250 million. Have you ever seen a strawberry plant in full bloom when the temperature is down around 18 degrees? Now they can be grown under such freezing conditions, although you probably will have to shove them in the ice box after they are picked. farm about 15 miles northeast of Little Rock. Mr, Young is chairman of the board of directors of the National Cotton Council. The site of the demonstration is about a quarter of a mile south of Highway 70. The show, which follows a tour of farming areas in the Little Rock vicinity, will be one of the highlights of the conference sponsored by the National Cotton Council in cooperation with the University of Arkansas, Farm Equipment Institute, USDA, and other groups. A demonstration of deep tillage j methods will begin the event. This j will be followed by seedbed prep- \ aration, including disking, land j leveling, middlebreaking, and harrowing. In planting — the next step — fertilizer, and pre-emergence weed control chemicals will be applied simultaneously. The weed control phase of the program also will show application j o f post - emergence materials, j [lame cultivation, and ase of the rotary hoe. A rotary hoe in combination with the conventional cultivator sweeps, and the cultivator without the rotary hoe attachment also will be viewed in action. Also scheduled are demonstrations of ground equipment for the application of both spray and dust types of defoliants and insecticides, and machines for crop residue disposal. Several plots have been set up to show the comparative results of irrigation versus non-irrigation of cotton. An area adjacent to the demonstration grounds has been provided or exhibiting a wide variety of arm equipment, including mechanical harvesters. AGRICULTURAL research boss Dr. Byron T. Shaw heads the largest civilian re- sea-ch agency in the government. Scientists have also that temperature and have direct effects on livestock production. Keeping barns cooled during the summer months seems a bit fancy, but animals respond to this high class treatment by putting on more weight. * • * All sorts of amazing, multi-purpose equipment will make some of the farmer's toughest chores a breeze. Dr. Shaw points out that machines, in one trip over a field, will be able to plant, fertilize and spray weeds at the-same time. "Beef cattle raising is going to be a much more automatic operation—with self-i-cecers, systematic insecticides, self operating water- ers and dozens of other developments," adds Shaw. Strange looking gigantic fruit may eventually be appearing in grocery stores. Unusually large grapes have already been grown with the help of a chemical called colchicine, which is used to treat gout. * • « Insects, the scourge of many a farmer, are being directed towards beneficial purposes. Scientists have imported a bug that loves to eat nothing but Klamath weed, a serious pest of western range lands. Under the attack of this discriminating eater the weed has been controlled on nearly half a million acres of land. Shoppers who are always looking, for good lean bacon will soon be' able to buy all they want. Plenty of special fatless pigs will be on the market in the next few years. Dr. Shaw also feels sure his technicians can eventually breed away pounds of back and belly fat [from beef cattle without destroying the quality of a prime cut of meat. Various animal diseases continually give the farmer trouble. A live virus has recently been developed which can be sprayed into an enclosed area and thus immunize, in a single operation, large numbers of chickens as well as small fur bearing animals: One advantage of color TV Is that in the bars they'll be able to see pinker pink elephants. »NEA* After 5 years of age, most worries stem from concern over health, finances, and social insecurity. More trees are lost to insects each year than are destroyed by forest fires. Alfalfa Affects Wafer Table Thorough Irrigation Is Important to Get Premium Yields North Mississippi County larm- crs who are irrigating: alfalfa can make use of results from research work at the University of California, according to County Agent Keith Bilbrey. Tests show alfalfa extracts soil moisture uniformly to the depth of its ropt system and fast growing alfalfa will lower the water table appreciably. The research shows that at th« time alfalfa is cut the rate of water used by plants is reduced sharply and requires a week to ten days to reach a high water use capacity again. The county agent says this points up the need for' thorough irrigation so water will be distributed to a depth throughout the major root zone of the plants, which is deeper than most of the common crops. This simply means that the irrigator, instead of putting on lighter applications of water as done with such crops as cotton, corn, and soybeans, needs to put on heavier applications of water for best results. Since 'it is rather common practice to .irrigate alfalfa immediately after a cutting, it is important to provide enough water at that ime for plants to make sufficient growth for the next cutting. Mr. Bilbrey notes that alfalfa is a high user of water, requiring over a 1000 pounds of water per pound or dry matter produced, as compared to about 375 pounds of water required to produce a pound of dry matter for corn. He said it might further be noted that alfalfa will use between .2 and .3 inch of moisture per day during the hot summer months, which means that an inch of water will be used every three and one- third to five days. Where the soil is capable of storing the moisture, Mr. Bilbrey recommends that three or four inches be applied per irrigation. In some special cases a larger application may be used in this area. Three-quarters of all the known kinds of animals on earth are insects MAI? Xrpf* *a4 I Price Hubbard Hardware . 1 '/2 PRICE SALE HOUSE PAIN Buy one Gallon White at Regular Price and Get a Second at HALF PRICE! Regular Price A86 Of 2 Gals. Is You Pay Q ^)nly 3 20 3 70 E. C. Robinson Lumber Co. Blytheville,. Ark. GIANT GRAPES of tomorrow are aim of this experiment on 1 grape bud by Dr. Haig Derman, j injecting chemical, colcliicine. ! I "This will become even more important," says Shaw, "as we in-> crease the number of vaccines to i protect livestock." ' Water will be an extremely im-: portant factor in the coming years, • according to Shaw, who notes that "the efficiency of most farmers in using irrigation water is probably 35 to 55 per cent." But he contends "there is no valid reason why 80 per cent efficiency or better cannot be obtained." That's a typical indication of the j high rate of improvement Shaw; expects the Agricultural Research! Service to attain for the farmer j of tomorrow. \ STATISTICS SHOW: LAND WITHOUT IRRIGATION Fast Becoming Unprofitable In this area practically all land suitable for fanning is now being utilized so that more farms are impracticable .... but we can IMPROVE THE LAND WE HAVE! Hove A Competent Engineer Run A Survey On Your Land If you are considering irrigation, and you must if you are to continue to farm profitably, I can save you money on the final purchase of your equipment through, running the levels of your farm and giving you a blue print for your irrigation system. J. W. Meyer, Civil Engineer P.O. Box 778 — Blytherille, Ark. 12 Years experience in Land Irrigation Choose a Quality-Built JOHN DEERE WAGON For the long haul, measured in years or in ton-miles, you can't beat John Deere xt Big 3 W Wagons for dependable, low-cost hauling. In the field or on the road, behind tractor, car, or truck, they give you smooth-running, straight-trailing service season after season. There's a model for every need—the highway-speed No, 953, the heavy-duty (5-ton) No. 963, and the economy No. 943. These are strong, flexible, all-steel, welded wagon gears, built low for stability, with short-turn auto-type steering . . . protected tie-rods ... precision roller bearings ... fully* adjustable reach. There's no play in any, joint or linkage to breed weaving or whip-' ping. Come in and s«* these quality-built wagons that "trail like a. shadow." MISSCO IMPLEMENT CO Phont 3*4434 South Highway Sate fa JOHN DEERE QUALITY FARM EQUIPMENT

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