The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 10, 1954 · Page 11
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1954 BLYTHEY1LLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS REVIEW ™° FORECAST Drought and Exports Are W/i/ff/mg Away At Some Surplus Items By SAM DAWSON NEW YORK (AP) — Drought and increased exports.of farm products are teaming up to whittle a little away from the piles of surpluses. They are also having their effect on prices. By KEITH BILBKEX County Ajent Bad growing weather is cutting production and raising the prices of some fruits and vegetables at the grocery. Farm ex-ports have increased 4 per cent in the last '12 months, the Agriculture Department re- Weather And Crop Bulletin (Compiled by cooperative efforts of USD A, Extension Service, Department of Commerce and University of Arkansa* College of Agriculture.) The mean temperature for the past week, as determined from Uie records of 30 stations, was 81 degrees which is 3 degrees above normal. Week-ly means r-anged from 83 degrees at Ark-adelphia, Dardanelle, Port Smith, and Stuttgart, to 76 degrees at Batesville, Fay- efcteviile, Gilbert, and Newport. Extremes ranged from 109 degrees at Arkadelphia on the 3rd to 48 degrees at Gilbert on the morning of the 2nd. All stations had temperatures 100 degrees or higher the latter half of the week. The average rainfall for 16 stations having measurable amounts was 0.31 inch. Individual totals ranged from 1.60 inches at El Dorado to none at Blytheville, Flippin, Fort Smith, Gilbert, Ozark, Stuttgart, and Calico Rock. A few of the occasional report- Ing stations had good rains Tuesday morning: Mont Ida, 3.30 in- inches; Antoine, 1.77 inches; Boughton, 1.21 inches; and Glenwood, 1.10 inches. Others had less than an inch. Most of there were in the- southwest quarter of the State. Arkansas crops, except those grown under irrigation, declined stiH further during the week, due to extremely high temperatures and little rainfall, except local shower which were confined mainly to the southwest quarter of the State during the past week-end. Cotton continues to open pre- BiafcttTfeiy, soybeans p«t on little fruit except where irrigated and the feed situation became even' more critical. Heavy marketings of cattle were fairly general over •ftie State, and milk production declined despite heavy supplemental feeding of many herds. FEED crops are generally short. Harvest of early CORN has begun. Much of the late corn has been damaged beyond recovery and harvest for silage and fodder continues. SORGHUMS show effects of the drought but are making a fair crop in many areas. This crop would still benefit from rain. Very littie late HAY has been saved. Some seeding- of FALL OATS continues, although insufficient moisture for seed germination and land preparations has limited seeding to date. A large acreage is expected to be seeded as. conditions permit. COTTON picking is becoming general. The drought and the heat i€ causing the bolls to open rapid- lF and -in many instances prematurely. Except for irrigated fields, the crop has mostly cut out. Yield prospects are generally disappointing. ..The SOYBEAN crop deteriorated further during the week and additional acreage intended for beans was cut out for hay. Low yields are expected for irrigated fields. The RICE harvest is moving rapidly and good yields are Jfc- portea. Water no. longer needed for rice is being used on other crops such as soybeans and lespedeza. Concord GRAPES are being harvested in Northwest Arkansas APPLES are also being harvested in this area where hot, dry weather has so impaired their quality that most of them ase going to the vinegas plant. Many acres of STRAWBERRIES have been killed by heat and drought. Irrigated fall crop SNAP BEANS are making good growth in Crawford County. The marketing of CATTLE continues heavy. PASTURES are furnishing very little grazing with much supplemental feeding necessary. There is a serious water shortage in some localities and this problem is increasing. The demand for COTTON PICKERS is increasing but the supply has been generally adequate so far. far. PUMPS Water Softeners PUMP DELCO WATER Pump • Pipe WATiR RIPAIR SfKWCf flkntral Hardware and Applianct Co. 109 W. Main Ph. S-4583 ports. But much of the gain was due to price cutting as the government tried to squirm out from under the big burden of foodstuffs it has acquired in support prcies. Two other government reports illustrate how confusing the food price picture can be. In July the retail price of food went up—largely because of drought damage. In July, however, the prices that farmers got for their crops averaged 3 per cent below a year ago. In the same month the farmer had to pay about 10 per cent more for the things he bought in town. The farmer was worse off than last year. And the housewife may have felt that she was the loser too. We Eat More All food prices haven't been going up, of course. The rise in fresh vegetable prices hurts the more because per capita consumption of vegetables has been going up steadily in recent years. Fresh vegetable consumption stays fairly level, but both frozen and canned varieties have found larger markets. Meat eaters are getting a break these days. By shopping around, the housewife can usualy beat last year's prices. Poultry and egg prices are so'much lower today that some chicken farmers are appealing to Washington for government buying to bolster prices. And the Agriculture Department reports that farmers are raising more turkeys than ever this year, expecting to top the previous record year of 1952. Coffee Break Coffee and cocoa prices have been coming down a little, due to a price break in the market in Brazil—where the government has been setting the price. Coffee roasters here aren'i sure the price break will last or that retail prices here can be brought down much. They note that there's a wide gap between the price of the green bean in Brazil and the roasted product on the grocery Shelf. Mechanical Cotton Picker* We are having a number of farmers calling from Mississippi and other areas offering to bring their mechanical pickers here to help in the cotton harvest. The cotton is opening faster than we can remember in previous years and the demand for pickers is pretty strong. If weather conditions do not change it looks like a short harvest season here—and a very long winter. Any farmers or gin communities with open cotton far in excess of picker supplies might like to call this office and get a line on available mechanical pickers. Cotton Defoliation Defoliation is highly desirable for mechanical picking. Poor defoliation however in some cases make the situation even worse. Dead leaves, frozen on the cotton plant and crushed in with mechanically picked cotton produces pin trash. That is worse than green leaf in cotton. What to defoliate with? A part of the latest summary on performance of defoliant materials in the mid- south area says, "The present trend toward cotton defoliation is in the use of liquid instead of dust. There is still only one material on the market in the form of a dust and that is calcium cyana- mide. It has the following advantages: Cheaper per acre cost, has wider margin of error in application rate, gives acceptable results over a wider range of plant conditions, and farmers generally have more knowledge of experience in using it. It has one -pre-requisite for good results, you have to have a dew. "Materials that are ranked next best to calcium cyanamide like Delta are: (1) The chlorates like Shed-A-Leaf "L". (2) Monosodium cynamide and (3) Endothal." Another interesting sentence in this report said, "Growers should be encouraged to wait until at least 50% of the crop is open before defoliating." Important Dates The Northeast Arkansas District Fair will be held in Blytheville, September 21-26. No doubt you will want to mark your calendar and go to the fair at least on one of these days. The National Cotton Picking contest date is September 30-October 1. The cotton picking contest will start at 10:00 o'clock on October 1. Parades, marching bands, and floats will start the festivities on September 30. That night they will have the beauty contest and street dances. In addition to the cotton picking contest October 1 you may see a mechanical picker demonstration with all popular makes in operation. The modeling of beautiful cotton clothes made from cotton bags will be staged in front of the grandstand. After $2500 in prize money has been given away to top pickers the night activities will be climaxed with a big dance. The nationally famous orchestra of Tex Beneke will play for the dance. Soaking: In It now appears that a few farmers are beginning to realize what the crop acreage control program may mean to them in 1955. Early expressions of opinion are extremely varied. Some say, "It sounds about like what we need. We will do a better job of taking care of our land." Others are saying, "It is the most damnable, ill-conceived bit of total regimentation anybody ever dreamed up." If I could sort the farmers, I believe more land owners are taking are also valuable in avoiding im, proper fertilization practices, either the first position. While renters and in excessive total concentrations or 100 committee of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. In a recent Liitle Rock meeting, the committee voted to hold a series of meetings in FB districts to discuss the mechanics of procedures to be used in Farm Bureau policy for 1955. Batesville, Sept. 21; Jonesboro, Sept. 22, and Marked Tree, Sept. 23, are places and dates for meetings in this area. Bill Wyatt of Number Nine is a member of the committee. More than 500,000 juke boxes are in operation in the United States. head agaimt * brick wall until You're tried , . . J520 1940 J954 COTTON YIELD'S'UP—The yield of cotton per harvested acre has tended to increase steadily -since 1925 as shown on above Newschart. The yield in 1953 was 342.2. pounds, an all-time high* Data from U. S. Department' of Agriculture. farmers heavily in debt fall in the next group. In the meantime it looks now like details or some of the written regulations would be in the hands of county A.S.C. committees within the next week or so. Look to any and all of the agricultural education sources for explanation of the program as soon as they are released to the public. Soil Testing Aids Vegetable Crops Also GAINESVILLE — "Considering the great improvement in veg- table yields and quality during the past few years, there can be little question as to the merits of using a reliable soil testing system as a fertilization guide for producting vegetables," said Dr. Victor N. Lambeth, professor of horticulture at the University of Missouri. Lambeth made the statement before the American Institute of Biological Sciences in session at the University of Florida here today. He was presenting research results on fertilization experiments with vegetable crops and factors associated with proper interpretation of soil test results for vegetable fertilization conducted at the University of Missouri. Not only are soil tests valuable as a means of determining the needs for vegetable crops but they ATTENTION... COTTON FARMERS! LIQUID DEFOLIANT DOES THE JOB! Under the Existing Dry Weather Conditions, We Have Found that Liquid Defoliation is Proving More Successful In Obtaining Good Leaf Drop* We have added Special Equipment to Planes to Give you the Finest and Most Complete service in the Application of Liquid Defoliant. To Insure the Best Grades when Cotton is picked Mechanically, DEFOLIATE! Office First NatL Bank Bldg._Phone 3-3721 Airport Phont 3-3831 improper balance among nutrients, Lambeth said. And, soil tests are especially valuable in vegetable fertilization as compared to most farm crops because the removal of plant food by vegetables is quite variable. Because vegetables having different plant nutrient requirements are usually grown in short rotations, it appears desirable in fertilization pratice to establish a foundation fertility level which is favorable for vegetables in general. Then specific requirements in annual fertilization programs can be met by varying the rates and analyses of fertilizers applied, he said. WARNING ORDER IN THE CHANCERY COURT, CHICKASAWBA DISTRICT, MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS. Macie Clark, Pltf. vs. No. 12,748 Alfred Clark, Dft. The defendant, Alfred Clark, is hereby warned to appear within thirty days in the court named in the caption hereof and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, Macie Clark. Dated this 18th day of August, 1954. SEAL GERALDINE LISTON, Clerk. By OPAL DOYLE, D. C. Claude F. Cooper, Atty. for Pltf. Ed B. .Cook, Atty. ad litem. 8/20-27-9/3-10 Soil, Water Loans Ready FHA to Handle Plan Okayed by Congress LITTLE ROCK (JP)— Arkansas farmers will be able to secure loans soon through the new soil and water conservation loan program authorized by the SSrd Congress. H. H. Hankins, acting state director of the Farmers Home Administration, said the loans would come from private lenders or from funds appropriated by Congress. "However," he said, 'loans from appropriated funds will be made only when insured funds are not available." The Farmers Home Administration, Hankins said, is authorized insure loans up to $25,000,000 each fiscal year. Congress appropriated $11,500.000 for the program during the 1955 fiscal year. Hankins said applications for all loans should be made at county offices of the Farmers Home Administration. Missco Men On FB Group Harold Ohlendorf, of Osceola, is chairman of this year's resolutions MAKI YOUR RAI OWN 1$ 5OOO CROP IN* SURANCE becautt ft make* ft po*. fibte for yo« to whert oii n««d TH6 A-M SYSTEM give* yo« many wcMv« p«*«Hd fc*. fer«sj fr nwam fdtt*r, Msl«r, foolpfoof oovpfctg «nd «^ •oupHn^J |v«fy y«fv«, eoupKng *«d fltHng k mtd* ol O» «MMt «4oy .,. YfT AM SYSTIMi COST NO MOftfl CMI w .JUJ* Dealers Wanted! A-M SPRINKLER IRRIGATION SYSTEMS McKINNONS Irrigation Equipment Co. 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