The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 6, 1954 · Page 10
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PAGE TEN" BLYTHEYILLE (ARK.) COOTIEfc JTEWS FRIDAY, AUGUST «, REVIEW AND FORECAST ^^*£&L Farm Land Price Drop Is Forecast Farm land prices have been weak in recent months, says Frank Miller, agricultural economist at the University of Missouri. Using 1947-49 as a base, the index stood at 128 in 1952 and 120 in March, 1954 — a decline of 6.2' percent. Since March, 1953, the decline in . modicy prices, another the contin- the United States as a whole has j uation of high operating costs and Regional Rain for August Weather maps below give you the U. S. Weather Bureau's 30- day outlook for August. Note that this is not a specific forecast in the usual sense, but is an ESTIMATE of the average rainfall and temperatures for the period. been 2 percent. In Missouri it has been 8 percent. The smallest decrease in value during the past year was in North Dakota and the greasiest in Colorado. Three major factors have contributed to this decline, Miller says. One is the decrease in farm com- the third—unfavorable ditions over Missouri Missouri 4-H Clubs Have Day Annual Pemiscot Achievement Program At Braggadocio One hundred forty 4-H Club members, parents and friends gathered at the Braggadocio High School .Gymnasium Saturday morning July 31st. to participate in the annual Pemiscot County 4-H Achievement Day Program, Carl Hunter, assistant county agent reported. Achievement Day activities started Friday afternoon, when j inery may profit by buying now. club leaders and parents brought j it is no t a good time to 'assume a crop con- and other states, particularly those in the southwest. The land market always is relatively inactive and prices weak when the parity ratio mo\ T es downward and goes appreciably below 100. The purchasing power of ram commodities averaged 115 in 1947. It is only 88 at the present time. Missouri farmers south of the river are in their second year of extreme drought. Reservers have been exhausted and in many cases, credit stretched to the limit in an effort to keep flocks and herds to- i gether. Many farms are offered i for sale and there are few buyers. This situation prevails in most of the southwestern states. For the country as a whole, sales dropped 13 percent during the past year. According to Miller, the land market will continue to be weak during the remainder of 1954 and into 1955. Generally speaking, this is not the best time to buy land but there are many exceptions. The man who has the money and who needs some additional acres to round out his labor and mach- N£AR NORMAL A NEAR NORMAL MUC ABOVE ECTED TEMPERATURES Temperatures \viU be above seasonal normals in the western third of the nation and also in the Middle and North Atlantic states. To enjoy below normal August temperatures are the upper Mississippi valley Great Lakes region and along the Gulf coast. Central Plains area can took forward to cooler weather thai: July's abnormal beat in a total of 230 items and placed them on exhibit. These exhibits were composed 01 products ma'de or grown in 4-H Club project work during the year. The program for the day opened with Geneva Metzger presiding. Joan Ball and Ann' Adkins led the group singing which followed immediately. Afterwards the group recited the pledge to the flag 1 and The 4-H club pledge. the first event on the agenda. Nine girl* and twelve boys lined up for this contest. Patricia Whitfield, a member of ttoe Chapel Club took top honors in the girls division and Carl Wat- Mns of the Micola Club was the winner in the boys division. Alternates selected were Scottie Jolliff, Deering, Girl alternate, and Alford Hicks, Chapel, boy alternate. The dress revue followed withj six girls participating. To be elig-l lbi« lor this event the girls had to make their dresses in their 4-H propject. The girls placed their dresses on exhibit and they were judged a-ccording to workmanship, pattern, eec. Later each gM modeled her dress so it could be judged for fit becoming-ness, and the effects o; wearing accessories with it. Barbara Grosser. Chapel, took first place in toe 14 year old and over class and Marilyn Reichert won in the 14 year old and under class. Joan Ball. Stanley Concord, was selected alternate in the 14 and over class. No alternate was selected in the 14 and under class. Lunch Served Following the dress revue the program was adjorned for the noon hour. Ladies in the Braggadocio Women's Extension Club served a lunch to those attending the program. Demonstrations of both agricultural and home economics were given immediately following the noon hour. Blue ribbon winners in demonstration good agricultural practices were: Raymond Inman. Micola: who demonstrated grooming a beef calf for a show. Howard Watkins, Jr., Micola; demonstrated mixing a balanced ration for a beef heifer, j Eulice Lewis, Micola, gave a I demonstration on killing Johnson Grass by using sodium chlorate and Carl Watkins, Micola, demonstrated testing cotton seed for germination. Home economics demonstrations included making a luncheon cloth given by Wanda Jean Henry. GUI making a cushion cover by Mary i Jane Watkins. Gill, making- oat- i meal cookies by Cathryn Barnes, j Micola, basting a hem by Charline I Russeil. Micoia, and making biscuits given by Ann Adkins, Micola. The apron revue followed the demonstrations. This event is similar to the dress revue except it is exclusive for girls enrolled in Clothing I projects. Ten girls modeled their aprons proudly before the judges and al! received equal rating for their efforts. Public Speaking- The public speaking contest was added to the regular achievement day program for the first time this year. Any boy or girl over 14 years old and enrolled in a Junior Leadership project was eligible to compete for county honors Geneva Metzger, Stanley-Concord, was the only participant in the contest. She received a high score on her talk, "Citizenship and 4-H Club Work." 4-H Club members who were declared county winners in various events will have their opportunity to compete for district honors at the District 4-H Roundup to be held Jtt Dexter, August 14th, winners of the district event will compete in the State Contest Day held at the University of Missouri September 34*. The judges /ere Mrs. Grace Hansen, Lilbourn, and Lester 0. Alter*, State Club Agent. "All the 4-H'ers their leaders and parents are to be congratulated for their fine work they displayed and their cooperation in making anoxher Achievement D,iy a success," W. F. -Jame.'.-. Co'.mty Agent, staled following- the tveni. j heavy debt load, however. Most of the people who are buying: land are going into debt. Miller says. Mortgages were placed on about 71 percent of the farms sold during the past year. A few days ago only 44 percent were mortgaged. Ttiis- is the reverse of the most desirable situation. A debt is easier to service and pay off during a period of .good crops and high farm commodity prices. It is difficult to meet in- j terest payments during a drought or when prices are declining. A man who must use credit to buy a farm should keep enough reserve to pay service charges for at least two years, Miller believes. This practice will keep him from being squeezed by past due inter- EXPECTED PRECIPITATION The western balf of the nation will still suffer from lacfe of sufficient rain. Normal or above normal rains are expected east of the Mississippi, except for subnormal rains along the Atlantic seaboard, north of Virginia. This area will continue to get moderate or scanty nainfalL est. The man who has good land that he wants to sell may have difficulty finding a buyer who will pay him what he thinks it is worth. Be slow to sell good land unless the position can be improved is a good rule to follow, Miller says. Land (hat does not pay its way with good WARNING ORDER IN THE CHANCERY COURT, OHICKASAWBA DISTRICT, MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS Etta Bird, Pltf. vs. " No. 12,733 Jack Daugherty, W. B. Daugherty, Van Dorn Daugnerty, Paulette Daugherty and Marion Sanders, Dit. The defendants, Jack Daugherty. W. B. Daugherty, Daugherty, Paulette Van Dorn Daugherty days in the. court named in the caption hereof and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, Etta Bird. Dated this 15th day of July, 1954. SEAL GERALDINE LISTON, Clerk. By OPAL DOYLE, D. C. James Steinsiek, Atty. for Pltf. Dan M. Burge, Atty. Ad Litem. 7/16-23-30-8/6 Aging is a continuous process that and Marion Sanders, are hereby j can - t be stopped by f igh ting it. You warnprf TA annpar wirVrm thirt-ir ! ° warned to appear within thirty j management should go unless the owner wants to hold it as a speculation. can speed it up by refusing to look and act as young as possible within reason. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Weather And Crop Bulletin (Compiled by cooperative efforts of USD A", Extension Service, Department of Commerce and University of Arkansas College of Agriculture.) The past week saw an end to abnormally high temperatures. The weekly mean of 83 degrees, as determined from the records of 19 stations, was only 1 degree above normal. The highest weekly mean was 84 degrees at Blytheville and Dardanelle; the lowest, 81 degrees at Fayetteville, Gilbert, and Portland. The highest temperature reported was 101 degrees at Ft Smith, Gilbert, and Ozark; the lowest, 59 degrees at Gilbert. The average rainfall for 23 stations was 0.64 inch. The greatest weekly total of the regular reporting stations was 1.27 inches at Fort Smith. Hector, in Pope County, reported 3.70 inches on the morning of the 2nd and Booneville 2.23 inches. There were 12 stations reporting n inch or more on the morning of the 2nd. Pine Bluff was the only station reporting no rain. Weekend showers brought relief to wide areas—particularly the very dry west central, north central, an£ northwestern counties. The "arm outlook improved somewhat, although more rain is needed. Much corn had already been damaged beyond recovery, and production of feed and hay crops will be very short on many farms. COTTON continued to make fan- to good progress on the whole, although definitely retarded and j damaged by dry weather in many fields. The bulls ol the crop is fruiting heavily, but plants are too small in many instances to hold a good crop. Some are beginning to cut out. There were reports from several counties of shedding of small bolls due to shortage of moisture. The crop will respond to the showers in favored localities, by attaining greater size and putting an additional bolls. Insect damage continues to be a minor problem in most areas, although boll weevils and boll worms are on the increase. Some SOYBEANS were severely hurt by dry weather but the major portion of the acreage would still be able to make beans if favorable weather prevails. Much of the crop got temporary relief by the weekend showers, but most areas will need additional rain shortly. Not many beans have been set so far in a large number of fields. Beetles continue to do heavy damage in South Mississippi County. RICE is heading in many fields, and prospects still look good. Many growers have had difficulty getting enough water pumped on fields but have been able to get by without 1 losing any acreage in most cases. A few fields wijl be ready for harvest by late August. The FEED CROP situation x remains serious. MuchCOKX has been damaged beyond recovery, paz-ticu- larly in the'hill areas. Some of this is being grazed or cut for fodder and sileage. The recent showers will be a boon to SORGHUMS, HAY crops and PASTURES, and also will help corn that was not too far sone. PASTURES in the areas favored by showers will respond and furnish some greatly needed grazing for cattle, as pastures were in the poor- j est condition in the localities or 1 heaviest rainfall. Cattle has been losing weight, and heavier than normal market- ings had been underway. The stock- water shortage should also be alleviated considerably by the showers. The Elberta PEACH harvest is about over in the Nashville area and is underway in the other commercial areas STRAWBERRY plants have been damaged by the dry weather, with several reports of plants dying. CANTALOUPES and WATERMELONS are moving in fair volume, but these crops were also curtailed by dry weather. PEANUTS were reported to be severely hurt oy ory weather in Franklin County, which is our most important commercial area. Know The Law! You can .have a free copy of the Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Law for the mere asking. Call or see "Dee" at thf United Inur- ance Agency HI W. Main Phone 3-6812 Blytheville. STATISTICS SHdW; LAND WITHOUT IRRIGATION Fast Becoming Unprofitable In this area practically all land suitable for farming 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 3 r our irrigation system. J. W. Meyer, Civil Engineer P.O. 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