The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 27, 1954 · Page 17
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 17

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 27, 1954
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27- 1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAffl HOTC REVIEW •«• FORECAST Caution Urged On Legislation to Control Water With three of the recognized top authorities on the problem present to,'discuss the matter, the Water Policy Committee of the Missouri Cotton Producers Association met in 'Sikeston Monday to discuss the water problem insofar ts it affects Southeast Missouri and passed a resolution as being "opposed to any legislation by the General Assembly until a complete and thorough study of water resources has been made by qualified and competent persons." Crews Reynolds, of Caruthersville, vice chairman of the committee, presided. Hilton Bracey, executive vice president of the MCPA, and 10 members of the 15-ma» committee were present. Bracey cited the fact that widespread drought conditions have focused attention on supplemental water as a means of overcoming serious losses in crops and pastures. ,;While drought cannot be predicted^ with a degree of practical accuracy, he said, present conditions indicate that the supplemental watering of summer crops and pastures will be greatly increased. JEd Clark, of Rolla, state geologist, declared that in his opinion no legislation should be attempted by the General Assembly until such time had been allowed in which to pursue a thorough study of the water situation all over the state. * To Cost 5900,000 ,.£To make such a study and compile a nadequate and comprehensive report, he estimated would take six years at an estimated cost of $150,000 per year. The job would include the sinking or utilization of abandoned wells as- observation wells with automatic registering devices which would accurately record the rise and fall of the water table due to the drain on the water supply by irrigation systems. iCciark pointed out that to pass snap judgment based on conditions obtained in certain restricted areas would be detrimental to other sections, and before a fair and comprehensive law could be compiled and passed, the legislators should be- in possession of an accurate study of the entire state. 20-Year Drought Considerable apprehension was expressed over the reported prediction that the farmer can look for drought conditions for the next 20 years with the worst drought in the country's history coming in 1975. There would be, of course, periods in which there would be plenty of rain but, on the whole, the prediction is for a dry 20 years. This means, it was pointed out, a tremendous increase in irrigating systems and, a consequent increase in the drain on the water supply. Clark's opinion was backed up by the thinking of John Dewey, water engineer for the Missouri Resources and Development Commission. Regulate Pumping- At present Southeast Missouri apparently has unlimited water supplies in the three underground pools but it is foreseeable the time time would come when the pumping from these sources might have to be regulated. H. H. Krusekopf, of Columbia, professor of soils at the Missouri College of Agriculture, said he could not visualize a water shortage in Southeast Missouri, but he did feel that it was necessary to find out more about the water supply and how it is being used in order to get the best results for everybody. In response to questions to the members present who are all men with wide farming exptrience, it was brought out that there is hardly a year when supplemental water cannot be used to advantage and that in eight out of 10 years, artificial rainfall is necessary to get the best results. MCALESTER, Olka. LB — It's hard to remember to get everything at the grocery store. Mrs. Albert Norman had that problem recently. After' placing the groceries she had purchased into her car she dashed back into the store explaining, "I knew I'd forgotten something." The one item forgotten was little William Albert. He was contentedly gurgling away in the upper berth of a shopping basket. CHISELERS—When feeding time comes around each day, this roan cow fills in for Mama pig on Dean Craig's farm near Floyd, N. M. The pigs come anytime the cow calls, and sbe nudges them around like they were ber own. MAKE YOUR OWN R A I SPRINKLING IS GOOD CROP IN- i SURANCI bacausa H makai H pot- tibia for you to trrtgata whan afld whara you naad to. THI A-M SYSTEM giva* you many axcluiiva patantad faa- turat! H maai* tartar, aailor, foolproof coupling and u*. coupling! Evary valva, coupling and fitting » mada of **»• _ frmt alloy ... YET A-M SYSTEMS COST NO MORE! *; C«ll H lot • FREi Mlim«1t M a <*mpt«t« Dealers Wanted! A-M SPRINKLER IRRIGATION SYSTEMS McKINNON'S Irrigation Equipment Co. Manila, Ark. Phon* Weather And Crop Bulletin (Compiled by cooperative efforts of USD A, Extension Service, Department of Commerce and University of Arkansas College of Agriculture.) The mean temperature for the past week, as determined from the records of 19 stations, was 86 degrees, which is 6 degrees above normal. Weekly means ranged from 88 degrees at Stuttgart to 83 degrees at Gilbert. Temperatures ranged from 109 at Newport on the 17th, to 64 at Gilbert on the 18th. The average rainfall for 21 stations was 0.90 inch. Weekly totals ranged from 3.15 inches at. Augusta to none at Georgetown. While these rains did some good locally, the state as a whole is still dry. Scattered showers the 19th to 22nd, which-were heaviest in northeastern counties, gave some relief to the State's parched crops and pastures. However, it is still extremely dry in most areas where heat and winds caused further deterioration of crops. Conditions are quite critical in many counties, particularly for feed crops, and cattle marketings increased considerably during the past week. Much of the CORN crop has been damaged beyond recovery and harvest for silage and fodder continues. Some early corn for grain is being harvested, with low yields generally SORGHUMS have resumed growth in areas which received good showers. There is still. a chance for a fair crop in many areas, providing good rains' are received soon. Much is heading on very short stalks. Many fields of late HAY are gone. A considerable amount of land has been prepared for the seeding of WINTER GRAINS, although dry soil has delayed this operation on a number of farms. A large acreage is planned, providing it rains. A few fields of OATS have already been seeded. COTTON deteriorated further in most counties during the week— perhaps more than in any other week this season. Much of the crop has cut out and heavy shedding of bolls and premature opening of bolls is reported in many counties. Late cotton will benefit some in areas that received good showers. Light picking was reported in a number of counties and picking will be on the increase during the coming week. It has been too hot and dry for pods to set in most SOYBEAN fields and harvest' of soybeans for hay continues in a number of fields originally intended for beans. The good showers should -help the crop in Northeast Arkansas. Prospects are still promising for a good RICE crop, although the supply of water has been a problem with some growers. A little rice has been reported harvested in Prairie and Desha counties. APPLES have been damaged considerably and late VEGETABLE CROPS severely by heat and drought. Howard County reports that a few Old Gold SWEET POTATOES are being harvested. The CATTLE situation worsened Accidental Death Lurks Down on the Farm. By KENNETH 0. GILMORE NBA Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON — (NBA) — Death lurks in the cow pastures and barnyards of America And it has peculiar ways of striking down the farmer and his family. Drownings, for instance, are not uncommon out on the range lands far from the sea. An irrigation ditch is a natural spot for a child to fall into after a heavy rain. Growing food and tending livestock can be as dangerous as driving in holiday traffic. During 1953 some 3800 farm residents were killed in occupational accidents. This puts agriculture second to none for fatalities. Next on the list is the construction industry which had roughly 2500 deaths last year. * * * This Is why the Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the National Safety Council, is launching a high-gear, forward- looking safety program. It was just recently kicked off by the observance of National Farm Safety Week. "I feel sure we can cut the farm accident rate in half by 1963 . . . but, if we are going to reach this goal, we will need to redouble our efforts in every field," says Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson. Each hour. of the farmer's Ions day is loaded with risks to life and limb. A tractor out on the flat range is a sitting duck for ajsia- zling bolt of lightning. For this destructive offspring of a thunder clap seeks out the highest object within range. No matter how you look at it a tractor is dangerous to a careless farmer. An improperly driven one can be as wild and bone-breaking as a mad bull. That's why tractors Read Courier Stm ClaaHflad Adi. r DIFFERENT/ Always Good Because They're Scientifically Produced! the most valuable machine the farmer has. Today nearly 4,500,000 of them are in use on the nation ? farms. * * * Carelessness leads to practically all injuries and deaths. More tnan one farm hand has slid off a haystack onto the brutally sharp end of a pitchfork. Poorly securea ladders can give a farmer a nasty bruise when he happens to be at the top of one when it falls. Improper handling of animals is responsible foi many accidents. A scared horse can let go with a mean kick. The bull must be treated with respect and led with a strong staff securely hooked into its nose ring. When a farmer enters the pen of a sow with a new litter of piks he should make sure their is a portable gate in front of him. Modern farm devices often do damage when used without thinking. Electric fences are meant to keep livestock confined with small accidents, even though they are' shocks. But in numerous cases A mechanical cotton pickers school for Southeast Missouri will be held at the New Madrid, Missouri, High school Friday, September 3rd from 9:40 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cotton pickers' school sponsored by the Missouri Agriculture Extension Service and manufacturers of cotton pickers will be similar to one held in Sikeston last year. Improper operation and adjustment of the cotton picking machine can result in loss of $2.00 to $3.00 per bale. Carrying a sack on the machine to receive soiled and roped cotton from a "choke-up" instead of throwing it in the basket is typical of the many ideas to come out of the school. Defoliation, weed control and harvesting for high quality will be during the week. Heavy marketings were reported in many counties. Cattle are losing flesh and heavy feeding is necessary in many herds. There is a serious water shortage in some localities and a number of farmers are hauling water for LIVESTOCK and POULTRY. FARM LABOR is adequate at present but COTTON PICKERS will be needed soon. discussed in the forenoon. In the afternoon owners and operators will divide up according to the make of machine and go into huddles with trained mechanics to learn about the proper operation and care of the machine picker. International Harvester, A11 i s Chalmers, Ben Pearson, Inc., and John Deere Company will each participate in the school. There •will be no fees of any kind charged and all owners and operators of mechanical pickers are invited to attend. For more information see your machinery dealer or your County Agent. Bird Lover GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP)— Rush hour traffic was tied up fo: several blocks because a baby blue- jay was fluttering helplessly in thi center of the street, two adult blue- jays noisly hovering over it. Finally the driver of the big truck which had stopped in front of the jays got out and carried the young birc safely off the street. Then the long lines of cars began to move again Avoid damage to plants and bolls... Defoliate the CYAN AM ID WAY Because CYANAMID defoliants are true defoliants, they act like a light frost, removing the leaves without burning the plants or bolls. And CYANAMID defoliants qffer a wide margin of safety in application. Slightly more than the suggested dosage will not freeze the leaves to the plant or burn the bolls . . . and if slightly less than the recommended dosage is applied, you can still get reasonably good defoliation. CYANAMID defoliants are nitrogen-based materials which leave no undesirable, detrimental or damaging pesidues. Whether you require a dust or a spray, you can get equally effective results with either of these CYANAMID defoliants: AERO* Cyonamid, Special Grada — the original defoliant in dust form. Use where dews are present to activate the chemical. AERO* Cycmamid, SolubU —a highly effective spray defoliant where conditions favor a liquid application. Arrange now to defoliate the Cyanamid Way for cleaner cotton and a higher price at the gin. Write for new, fully illustrated leaflet. AMERICAN Luana/rud toiMinf, Uftto Rack, AriranMi farmers and their children have been electrocuted or badly burnt when an unsafe fence is contacted near or in stock tanks, ponds, irrigation ditches or damp ground. The National Safety Council further reports that many of these accidents are due to badly made electric fences which are allowed on the market. So far there has been little state legislation to prevent such a practice. Automatic corn pickers and silage cutters have maimed and mangled countless arms and legs on the farm. Disregarding safety, farmers reach into the machines when they clog and before they know it are dragged into the apparatus. Insect control too often kills people. Sprays and dust can be "poisonous unless protective clothing and respirators are employed. The storage of unused chemicals is al-j so fraught with danger. : One of the main obstacles to farm safety is the lack of adequate statistics in certain areas of the country. As Rep. Clifford R. Hope, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, puts it, "We must know where and why accidents happen before we can begin to convince farm, people that they can and must take more caution in their daily activities." POLIO AGAIN ON EAGE Throiigvhotit The Country tad In Alississlppl County. Polio insurance including Cancer and 10 other dread diseases only $10.00 a year for the entire family. See or Call "Dee" at United Insurance Ag-ency, ill West Mala or Phon* 3-6812 Blytheville. ONLY 2 LEFT Reg. $459.00 1-Ton York Deluxe Window Unit AIR CONDITIONER Reduced To Only Installed Plus Electrical Installation CHARLEY'S ELECTRIC CO. 112 South Fifth Street — Blytheville, Arkansas Tel. PO 2-2993, Nife Tel. PO 3-6109 or 3-4029 You know you'll get clean, »ot- form, top-quality* every time because each hen, in it* own off-the-ground cage, it carefully fed and man* aged the Pwiat way. * m m • • We're saving a seat for YOU • at our We've got a real program lined up for out 1954 cotton clinic. In fact we are sure It's a session that you will not want to miss. Never before have we been able to show you so many ways that will cut your production costs to a new low. Look what we'll • Planning, preparation of crop for mechanic cal harvesting. • Mechanical cotton harvesting. • Features, benefits and servicing of cotton harvesting equipment. • Forum discussion .:} question and answftf session. * 7:30 P.M. Tuesday Aug. 31 TIMI±___DAY PATE DELTA IMPLEMENTS INC. "Service Holdt Our Trode" Blytheville, Ark. Fhone 3-6863

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