The Modesto Bee from Modesto, California on October 15, 1961 · Page 36
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The Modesto Bee from Modesto, California · Page 36

Modesto, California
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Sunday, October 15, 1961
Page 36
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Modestans tour Orchards, Bean Fields, Warehouses By Charles MendenlwU Modeato Bee Country Lflfe editor M« side operations as the west side wither MtenSithtiM. or the area east of the San Joaquin River. M^!.«^ Wa L br0 y? t to *" "tentioo of 20 members of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce agribusiness a tn... «f farms in- tt _ . . i The C Family farms are bigger -- as big as 2,500 acre*; there Is , less diversification of crops, more element of risk, an'd iriore gargantuan mechanical devices employed on the west tide. At the Glenn almond orchard, largest individual planting in the state, mechanization is the key word. Allard explained the "fann- er is a victim of circumstances." He continued mechanization is -necessary to meet labor problems and to produce crop* at a lower per unit cost. More Mechanization The operator of .180 acres of almonds, once a major bean grower in the district, hopes to have 100 per cent mechana- nization of his operations by next season. He has progressed a long way toward that now. All of the nuts produced on the r a n c h are processed through a push button hulling and cracking plant, most of which was designed by an Allard son, Leland. Mechanical knockers replace field workers at a ratio of a b o u t one to 14 men. Sweepers eliminate further manpower in the field. By next year, through use of a pickup machine, and bulk handling equipment. Allard hopes to eliminate another field operation, the loading of trucks in the field. One man operates th e hull- Ing and cracking plant. Nuts we dumped in bulk into a ground level hatch, and are carried by conveyor belts and tubes through the hulling and cracking operations. Allard adds, while manpower has been eliminated from the post harvest handling of the crop, it takes 45 electric, motors to run the plant. the processing equipment enables Allard to deliver nut meats to the California Almond Growers, cooperative marketing agency. Lists Benefits He benefits from a better g r a d e , reduced processing costs, reduced hauling costs. He gets the revenue from the by product meal produced from the hulls. A major disadvantage is that ft takes volume to make ·ucfc an operation possible. A grower on a small acreage could .not afford the capital investment required. While the touring Modes- tans viewed wind tangled masses of lima bean vines at the Dompe Brothers ranch between Patterson and Crows Landing. Frank Dompe explained that the three brothers operated 2,500 irrigated acres, all in beans this year. He estimated his loss in shattering from the previous weekend's wind storm at 40 per cent of the potential bean crop. He said In the past 10 years there have been three season In which there was no major toss from wind. Dompe told the group it would require about three quarters of a million dollars to replace the farming equipment used in the operation -this includes tractors, harvesters, cultivation and planting equipment. The brothers have not pur- Continued on F-4, col. 4. PHIL it reedy to service your water system, any type of pump or motor , . . J«it Pbooev . . . DAYS LA 9.0ft 2 . NITES UN f.270» 24-HOUR SERVICE! U ..V-PhH" Sorvfco M.uger W E L L D R I L L I N G W 1i«""i5" ·y' eMn « r V ·"* ·l«lpmtirt to drill .,,, ii» w.ll lonWior dom.iflc or tgrlciiltur* uit. « W E L L D E V E L O P I N G Htivy duty pumpt to pull w«t«r In ny i!» w.ll. W» Ar» the Drijtributon fof Delta Pumpt WATER WELL DRILUN6 AND PtIMP Cp ni wvnsiDito. , MODOTO over " On this''week's cover, a combine moves down a rice check on the A. Beck ranch ,ta. the 'CUus district Rice is- a minor crop in the county's total agricultural economy, but the Clau* district growers persistently h a v e grown the grain'.for over/ 40jiyears. The cover is by Charles. Mendenhall, Modesto Bee Country Ltfe editor With East Side Local Scientist Will Aid In Sudan Project Top Guernsey Judge At Sjjow Wfpijwti Servlti DENAIR-- Ross Dorneco of Denair, a student at the California State PoiyteeBc College, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo County, tied for. high individual G u e r n s e y judge in the national intercollegiate dairy cattle judging ' competition at W a t e r l o o Iowa. Domecq is a graduate of the Hughson Union High School and transferred to Cal Poly from the Modesto Junior College. He was a member of the Cal Poly dairy judging team at the National Dairy Congress. A al Poly Guernsey bull Adohr Jolly Beatnik, was reserve junior champion bull at the national show. Fresh grease spots on upholstered furniture can be removed by sprinkling with salt and nibbing vigorously. The disease is schistosomiasis, The organization , s a y s snails may grow into the w o r l d ' s biggest parasitic health problem claiming more victims than malaria. A test of a new snail killing method will be tried in the Sudan late this month. Incubate Carriers Dr. Blondeau e x p 1 a i-n s snails act as the incubator for the microscopic creatures which eventually cause snail fever in man. The disease bearing creature is shaped like an arrow and can penetrate a man's skin in seconds. The minute creatures move to the abdomen of man, develop Into tiny worms and lay eggs. The eggs cause the problem. The female lays from 300 to 3,000 eggs daily. They block the How of body liquids, affecting the liver, bladder and spleen. Is Widespread The disease is established in Africa, the Middle East. the Orient, and certain areas of South America and Puerto Rico. are a link in uninfested sometimes called snail fever Dr. Rene Blondeuu - It is estimated 70,000 persons in the United States have schistosomiasis which they contacted while abroad. Blondeau will use a chemical weed killer in the tests. SPECIAL MONEY-SAVING OFFER! NEW PUROX LIGHT WELDING AND CUHING OUTFIT THE "ONE HUNDRED" $114.42 vain, for oriy $100.00 YOU SAK $14.62! Idool f«, IbhMuty production, m.htf.. n.«. work. UM th. PUROX "100" oxy-.c.tyl.r.. ettHIt on tmill ports, light m.cKin.ry, ,h»t .motel oi.mbli.i. Pockt.t-ili«d »gu'l«tor nd ·omelet tiroh m«k.-tt outre ,m.ll, port.ble (M«M unit Wohj I... then | 0 |b,.(. W.W, up to *". uti up to J". Addition.) h..l, , n d ,,,,. »loi t. oxtond ,,,,... Ellmln.Ho» of me*al.te.,iMol ,., ,..|, ..y. tfn INDUSntlAL AND . MWICAl, GASH . 'V . NEW PUROX MEDIUM WELDING AND CUTTING OUTFIT Modesto. 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