The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 20, 1954 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 20, 1954
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PAGI EIGHT BLYTHEVTLLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, AUGUST », ItM RE VIEW -FORECAST No Sharp Price Drop Seen In Next Year's Feed Grains WASHINGTON (AP) — No sharp drop in government price supports for next year's of livestock feed grains — corn, oats, barley and grain sorghums — is indicated under provisions of the new farm legislation now awaiting Presiden Eisenhower's signature. crop On Missco Farms By KEITH BILBRE1, County Afent The measure sets up a flexible price support system for corn, ranging from 82 1 / 2 to 90 per cent of parity next year and 75 to 90 per cent thereafter. Under this system, price floors would drop as supplies increase and rise when supplies decrease. Under the present warborn support law, the prop for corn is at 90 per cent of parity. Parity is-a standard for measuring farm prices declared by law to be fair to farmers in relation to prices they must pay. Com Surplus May Shrink The bill does not change present law at it relates to supports for the other feed grains. They may be supported at from zero to 90 per cent of parity, at the discretion of the Secretary of Agriculture. Because drought has greatly reduced this year's corn crop prospects, the corn surplus may shrink considerably before the 1955 crop is produced. In such an event, there would be less surplus pressure to pull down the corn support price. . On the basis of present prospects ttie price floor will be no lower than 86 per cent of parity—and more likely, higher than that. This year's Support price at 90 per cent of'parity, will be at least S1.64 a bushel. It will be determined on the basis of the Oct. 1 parity price. At 86 per cent of parity, the 1955 support would be $1.56. At 88 per cent, it would be 11.60. Other* Follow In the past, the Agriculture Department has followed the policy of putting supports for the other feed grains on a comparable basis with that for corn. That is, it has sought to keep them competitive with corn in the grain markets. Under this practice, all- feed grains are being supported at 85 per cent of parity, or SI.15 a bushel for barley, 85 cents for oats and $2.28 for a 100 pounds of sorghum grain. Should Secretary of Agriculture Benson continue this practice next year, supports of oats, barley and grain sorghums could be expected to drop about 1 per cent for each 1 per cent decline i n the support rate for corn. One Change The new measure makes one rather important change in the flexible support formula for corn from that written into previous legislation, which never went into effect because congress extended 90 per cent rigid props. The old law permitted a carry- fore the sliding scale would start to pull down the supports level. The new measure ups this allowance to 15 per cent. In other words a larger reserve can be built up before supports start moving down. On the basis of present corn requirements, this increase in the pcrmissiable carryover is worth several cents a bushel in the support price. In 1956 the parity price of corn will start going down. Six yars ago, congress wrote a new and •"'modernized" formula for determining parity prices, . but postponed its effective date for corn and some other crops until 1956. The new formula would work out _ .at $1.60 a bushel for corn, or 22 over allowance of 10 per cent of j cents less than the formula now estimated corn requirements be- in use. Irrigation Tour Planned f or Semo August 23 Date Of Event Slated For Gideon Farm One of the most informative area wide demonstrations ever' held on irrigation and drainage by the Agricultural Extension Service will take place Tuesday, August 31st, at 10 A. M. on the Gideon-Anderson Farm about 4 1-4 miles south of Gideon. Dr. Clark of the School of Mines at Holla, an authority on the under ground water supply of Missouri, will be on the program. Some steps to take in determining the feasibility of irrigation on a particular farm, financing irrigation on the farm using the newly enacted government credit and other related subjects will be discussed on the program. Irrigation companies, well drillers and farm machinery companies are cooperating by bringing in the very latest types of machines for display. What irrigation has done for pasture, soybeans, and cotton this year will be seen on the Gideon-Anderson farm since check strips with no irrigation were left in each case. The three main types of irrigation — sprinkler, fluted pipe and open ditch will be in operation during the day so everyone can observe them and learn which type might fit their individual farms. Land levelers of various types and sizes will be in operation during the day. Food will be available on the farm A.S.C. Committee Effective Sept. i the county A.S.C. Committee for the next 12 months will be H. C. Knappenberger, Chairman, Alex Curtis, of Manila and Stanley Carpenter of Osceola regular members. Alternate members of the committee include E. A. Stacey of Dell and Harry Wright of Manila. The three regular members are the same men that constitute the present committee. Saved A recent interest and participation in the irrigation tour surprised us all. Fish orders had to be increased three times, and that called for extra money. The foiiowing people and organizations helped finance the fish fry: Mississippi County Farm Bureau, Blytheville Chamber of Commerce, Westbrook Irrigation Company, McKinnon Irrigation Company, Mississippi County R. E. A., Ark-Mo Power Company, Foy Etchieson of the West Cotton Company, Farmers Soybean Corporation, E. B. Gee, Gene Fleeman, and Alex Curtis. ! The generosity of these people made possible the finest farm tour I have ever conducted. Engineers Busy One result of the irrigation tour is that local engineers have before them all of the work that they can do for many weeks. Many farmers see the advantage or necessity of engineering studies, plans, maps, and outline before starting a major financial adventure that a proper irrigation system requires. One of the bottlenecks in estab- lishing a good irrigation systen now seems to be that every farme wants his well and system installei "yesterday". Some good plannin; may save you considerable money in the long run. Recommended Varieties Just received from W. H. Freyald enhoven, Extension agronomist, is a list of recommended crop varie ties for fall seeding in Northeas Arkansas: ALFALFA — Buffalo, Ranger Kansas Common, Oklahoma Common, and Atlanta. WHEAT — Chancellor or Cokei 4727. Chancellor led the iyeld tes' in Eastern Arkansas. BARLEY—Fayette, Jackson No 1, Kenbar, and Harbine. OATS — Traveler, Arkwin, and Stanton. Arkwin Oat Seed The Rice Branch Experiment Young grass on the lawn should not be cut shorter than two inches. Green tops are needed to build up the general growth of the plants. so that those in attendance wil have all day to get the information they need about irrigation and drainage. A full corps of experts will be available to councel with those seeking information on drainage or irrigation. Station at Stuttgart, Arkansas has approximately 1500 bushels of certified Arkwin oat seed for distribution in the immediate future. Allocation, sale and distribution of these particular oats will be handled by Frances Williams, director in charge of the Bice Branch Experiment Station. Lee Soybean. Seed There seems to oe a great deal of interest in the new Lee soybean. (This ought to be a godo year to see if they will produce without rain. Also, since their chief advantage is "shatter proof"—we will be interested in checking that.) I have a list of the 26 farmers in Arkansas that are reproducing the Lee soybean for Experiment Stations, in case you want to contact some of them for seed sources. Visit Cotton Station Thursday, Aug. 26, will be the annual visiting day at the University of Arkansas Coton Branch Experiment Station. Topics scheduled for visit and discussion include: sorghum for silage production, soybean varieties and planting dates, cotton subsoiling test, irrigation, root penetration with and without irrigation, pasture studies, and other items of i considerable interest. By W. F. Jame* Pemiscot County Agent Too Early To Sow Vetch? No, it isn't too early "if", bu why go into that? Let's wait til the last of August" then we maj have enough rain, get enough dew and have enough cool nights so that when the vetch comes up i will have enough moisture to keep it growing. Then there's the grasshopper and late leaf worm possibility that could cause trouble. Best Way To Plant Did you notice that the vetch planted with a regular vetch plant er up on the side of the row seemed to be best last year? Well, that was my observation and I've checked it with several good farmers who have agreed on that. What makes the difference? You get the seed where you want them and cover them according to the kind of land you have. For instance in sandy soil vetch seed will come up through four inches of soil. In heavy soil two inches is enough. A larger per cent of the seed you sow will come up be- ause they are covered uniformly. Need I say anything about the merits of growing vetch? Well, if you ion't have a field in cotton this year where part of it was in vetch last year go take a look at your neighbor's and talk to him. These past two dry years have made the patch where vetch was rown, stand out like a sore thumb. Going: To Buy Some Cattle? Last fall plain or common yel- ow hammer cattle were bought at bargain prices. In the spring hey sold pretty well and a good many folks made a nice profit. I had a little talk with E. S. Matteson, our livestock specialist f the University of Missouri, bout prices of the various grades f cattle for this fall. He says, "Watch out on the yel- owh-immers this time." "A lot of folks made money on hem last year, they'll be compet- ng for them and run the price p this year." Your best buy may be on the in-between or medium grades of cattle to be carried through the winter and marketed off early spring pasture. If you're going u> feed cattle certainly good quality animals will still command a reasonably good price when finished. Cattle prices may remain rather stable for the next three yean. They could make a dip during the period due to economic factori other than the supply of animate. IH SERVICE rout COTTON P1CKIR h Delta Implements, Inc. Blytheville "Service Holds Our Trade" Phone 686S THE NEW JOHN DEERE NO. \ ONE-ROW MOUNTED COTTON PICKER... CUTS HARVEST COSTS . . . On every acreage ... in good crop year or bad ... whether cotton prices are up or down, HARVEST COSTS GO ON. You can cut your costs to the bone with a John Deere No. 1 One-Row Mounted Cotton Picker for years to come — take a full measure of profit each year. If you have been paying the costly penalties of hand picking, now is the time to begin pocketing many dollars per bale in EXTRA PROFIT with the new John Deere No. 1 One-Row Mounted Cotton Picker. If you've been using a one-row machine of another make, it's time to compare the performance of your old picker with the outstanding performance and convenience of. the new No. 1 — time to think about a change. With the new John Deere No. 1, one man picks up to an acre of cotton every hour—replaces up to 40 or more hand pickers. Figure out for yourself how much you save in labor costs alone. SAVES MORE COTTON . . . The extra savings don't stop at labor alone! The cotton saving ability of the No. 1 accounts for more bales per acre. The No. 1 picks BOTH sides of the row, gently plucking all open cotton from the bolls. Partly open and green bolls are left on the plants, undamaged. Rotten bolls are left in the field. This gentle picking assures high grades at the gin. The precision-built picking unit to the John Deere No. 1 is designed to do a businesslike job of saving more cotton in every condition. Long, wide, floating stalk lifters with spring fingers and grid bars gently guide cotton plants into the picking unit. A pressure plate holds the stalks in the picking zone. In opening a field the unpicked row has plenty of clearance to pass beneath the well-shielded tractor axlt without knocking off cotton. SPEEDS WORK... FAST, EFFICIENT HARVESTING TO INCREASE PROFITS FOR EVERY COTTON GROWER The new John Deere No. 1 is truly a mounted picker—not a complicated mechanism requiring tractor "conversion'* kits. Two men can mount the No. 1 in two and one-half hours. One man can do the job in a half a day. There are no costly extras to buy to make the tractor ready. And you have full use of the tractor before and after the harvest. The No. 1 mounts on John Deere Models "50," "60," "70," and late model "A" tractors. The tractor operates in reverse. Cotton enters the picking unit without going through tunnels or under the tractor axeL The tractor supplies the power for propelling the outfit. .. for operating the picking units ... for driving the dual fans. It's hydraulic system raises and lowers the picking unit and dumps the big capacity basket. The transmission provides the reverse gear for the proper picking speed at 2 and one-half miles per hour and regular forward speeds for transporting. The tractor's differential brakes give you "on-a-dime" turning for easy maneuverability in tight spots or at row ends. IS EASY TO OPERATE . . . The John Deere No. 1 Picker does the work — you merely direct operations from the comfortable seat on the wide, roomy operator's platform. Visibility is excellent — it's easy to stay on the row . . . easy to save more cotton. All controls are convenient . . . maneuverability is excellent.. A touch of your hand raises and lowers the picking unit at row ends or dumps the big-capacity basket hydraulically through the hydraulic system of the tractor. Fast, convenient transporting is another big advantage of the No. , To transport, you simply step from the operator's platform into the tractor seat. Remove one pin to disconnect the remote gear shift linkage, and you're off at regnlar tractor forward speeds. Yes, you're in for a real treat with the steady, dependable, low. cost operation of the ruggedly built John Deere No. 1 Picker. By all means see the new John Deere No. 1 One-Row Mounted Cotton Picker — it'» your ticket to bigger cotton yield*. 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