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

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 8, 1954
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1954 RE VIEW -•> FORECAST The Rush to Irrigation-ll Early Returns Have Farmers Giving Hearty Endorsements to Irrigation By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS If you are a tobacco farmer, how would you like to hike your cash return $300 an acre? And with an additional cost of not more than $100. This clean gain of $200 is an example of cash benefits experimentally indicated from irrigation, a practice little heard of in the relatively humid southeast until a series of crop-killing or stunting droughts pushed it to the fore. The move to apply it here to scotch crop failures or losses was given a big shove by congressional extension this year of the Water Facilities Act to the south and test of the nationa. Hitherto, the act had been in force only in 17 aird western states. The immediate benefit from the extension is Ihe availability of government loans, through the farmers home administration, lo develop irrigation water supples and buy pumps, pipe, sprinklers and other equipment. County farm agents and FHA representatives have full details. Authoritative figures on Irrigation profits in the south are relatively scarce. Some reports by early individual irrigators in the region border on the fantastic. They come mainly from growers of spe- ciality truck croops who have struck a profit bonanze by producing abundant yields when others failed because of dry weather and prices sky-rocketed. But at least four stales have developed reasonably authentic figures on gains from tobacco irrigation. In Virginia the increase was put at $316 an acre; in North Carolina, at $101.0 in 1951 and $346 In 1953; in Kentucky, inferentially by comparison of irrigated and non-irrigated fields, at about ?4GO; In Georgia, $200 to $400. Not nil of this was profit but figures from other sources indicate the cost of irrigation at from us little as $20 to as much as $125 an acre, on an average well within the 5100 figure, even under difficult conditions. The widest choice of Irrigntors In the Southeast Ls the sprinkler system. With this type, water Is brought to the fields by pipes, usually made of light - weight aluminum so as to be moved enslly from one oration (o another, and led into sprinkers Irom risers, or vertical outlets placed nt convnieni intervals. In the West, where irrigation has long been practiced, the gravity system spreading the water through canals, ditches, contour corrugations or .similar devices predominates, although sprinklers : snitl to be Raining in favor. The cost of ii sprinkler .syst varies with the accessibility of the water supply mitt other factors. Specialists in Virginia cm;uhUr> Ihi; cost tit $100 an acre, in North Carolina at $150 and in Mississippi at up to $125. Operation probably doesn't run more Minn $20 to $50 an acre, even less in ,sc "ic MI' 'imcs'.s. Rninfall in the Southeast ranged from an finnual avenige of nearly 43 Inches in Virginia to more than 58 in Louisiana and In normal yuiirs. (here IK no nrossiutj dcmiimd for Irrigation. A highly successful commercial vegetable grower In Georgia, Richard K. Sum* of ne»r Atlanta, says, however. Unit the practice has paid him handsomely every year since It took it up in 1925. Sums cited this summer as an example of its money-making potentialities Through .June, he related, there had been plenty of rain, vegetables were plentiful and he was lucky to sell 25 bu.shlse of turnip grens doily at 50 cents a bushel. As a result, he calculated he was "$8,000 in the red." Then the dry weather came. He turned on his Irrigation pumps and iis greens — mustard and rollnrds iis well as turnips — llmiri.shrd while other wilted. Soon, he said, ic was able to sell UK ninny as 200 bushels a day nt $'2 a bushnl. "Now," he reported. "I havi: been able to wipe out that early season loss and make a little more besides." This has largely been (he history ot enrly irrigation In the Southeast. It will ehniiKe when mnro tnko H up nnd competition shiu-pcnn but ila advocates say there will still be plenty of profit. So tar Us nppHenUnn has bcon mainly to high priced crops such as tobacco, truck, berries mid a few orchards. Experimenters report, however, that it can well be Pemiscot Notes By \V. F. James- Pemiscot County Agent Black Crlcketts Move To Town , extreme explosive ami fin; hu/urd The drought seasons seem to fn-1 A mixed luniinunt wiii be vor the crickett family. Both last effective and Is not as himmloti.- fall and this fall hordes of cricketts have moved lo town. These blnck creatures can sneak through the tiniest crack to gel in- they side store buildings where can damage merchandise. They are. especially fond. ot most clothing fabrics. Control Spraying areas where hide or e with 2 percent chlordane or 51 DDT will usually finish them off. Check Your Stored Wheat Wheru stored under the government loan program or any stored wheat for thai matter needs to be checked carefully now for presence ol insects. The reason you need to check now. is. that should yon find weevils or moths present, you will need to turnip ate while temperatures are GO degrees F or above. The fumigants do not work at lower temperatures. The presence of webs and powdered or damaged grains is evidence of insects at work. Silting of sample tnfcen from the surface of the bin is a good method of de!.?c!;ii:! iho. c e insects. Tc Fumigate Small Grain Bin 1. What to Use; There are .several fumigating materials on the market. All will give Kood results if used right. A mixed fumigant. usually consisting of carbon tc-irachlovicle mixed with ethylene dichloride, carbon disul- phide. ethylene dibromide or tri- chioreihylene. is recommended. Carbon disulphidc used alone is not recommended because of the T. A. Haggard Stock in Show T. A. Haggard of Steele. Mo., is this area's top representative in the Arkansas Livestock show in Little Rock. Mr. Haggard was listed as having; one entry in the senior yearling bull division, another in the senior bull calf, along with seven other herefords. His stock farms at Steele contain some of the tap blooded herc- ford stock in this area. Read Courier News Classified Ads CUT FERTILIZER COST! Farmer*—make Ions of fine fertilizer at practically no cost. So cost to learn. CIIAPIX WORX RANCH Mantl*. Art. f'h. 24 to use. 13. How much to use: The ninounls to use vnry somewhat with ench bin. depending upon tightness of (ho bin, moisturi content of Ihe Krnin, presence of dock;ij;e nnd cliaff, hltfh u'ituK high temperatures dianit'ter of the bins. etc. There nre some "rule;;of-thumb". however, thul. will i;ive you [in itieii how much to use on your bins. Fnv most of the mixed t'umi- punts, use: 2 pillions per 1.000 bu.shel.s oi gvnin in steel bins. 3 KuHons per 1,000 bushels ol grain in wooden bins lined with rooting paper, •1 fiiillons per 1.000 bushels ot grnin in unlincd wooden bins. EASY PICKIN'S—"I tfot tired dragRin' that sack, so I just built me this little buggy." says cotton- picker Hczckinn SLinson, at Caddo Mills, southwest of Greenville, Tex. And for 10 years he's been wheeling it up and down cotton rows nil over Hunt County, carrying no-telling how many pounds of cotton lo the scales. Slinson said lie has been improving it a little now and then and the last lime he had it weighed it tipped the scales at 160 pounds. "Fulls easy, though," he says. adapted (o f;rj)/:liiR and field crop.-, under favorable ronriiliim. 1 ;. It was found, lor instance, to have Inerra.scd col (on yields in Soli 111 Carolina a hull bale an acre, Mississippi ioO PIT cent ;md in Afkunsas lilxwl. 200 (.imuuls nf Hut. At. present prices, this would mean i Rain in cash returns of between $75 unit $HH) an nnv nmnlinj; iht* 1'nlni; ol (he cottonseed, Tesl-s in Virginia showed that minium boosted corn yields tram i(> to 1.W bushels an trrrf- and (he '('turns from pastured beef cattle about $70. A dairy .study at Lewisburg, Tenn.. indii: filed tie I profits from iiTi;;iil ion run Hint; as hii;h as $100 a cow annually in dry years. At Ona, Kin., iiTifialrd pastures produced 1UO pounds of beet ^mn pur. ai-ro atiainst 2!)4 pounds on un- in',ir;alet! pastures. At A1 hens. On,, watering tipped corn yield ,'ilM per cent in one 1952 study and Ifltf.8 per reut in 1053. In 1952, cotton yield WHS boosted more than u bale an acre by artificial watering. A j;nin of about two thirds of a bale the next year was reported. Also at Athens, the tomato yield wi\!i hiked an average of 8,000 pn unils an acre annually over a period of seven years, or 53 per cent. In, a four-year study, irrigation tipped the pole bean yield 133 per cent with added improved quality. gains from Changes Made At Arkansas U. Seven New Staff Members Added to Agri College FAYETTEVILLE — The addition of seven new staff members in the University of Arkansas' College of Agriculture and Home Economics was announced today by Dean and Director Llppert S. Ellis. They will serve in the departments of agricultural engineering, animal industry and veterinary science, entomology, home economics, and plant pathology. Talmadge E. Duncan has been named assistant professor of agricultural engineering, and Elijah L. Thomas, Jr., is a new Junior agricultural engineer. Mr. Duncan will carry on research work on cotton mechanization, and also teach service courses. He replaces Harold S. Stanton, who resigned In June to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mr. Duncan is a graduate of Mississippi State College and lias also .studied at Iowa State College and the University of Alabama. He taught for a number of years and served as research engineer at the Georgia Experiment Station for four years. Since 1951 he has been employed as farm machinery specialist by the Foreign Agricultural Service, serving in Latin America. Irrigation Research Mr. Thomas will do research on supplemental irrigation in addition to carrying on graduate work. He received a B.S. Ag. E. from the University of Arkansas in 1952, and has taken advanced work at the University of Southern California. For the last two years he served in the U.S. Air Force. In the Animal Industry and Veterinary Science Department, Dr. J. Mack Oyler has been named assistant professor. He will conduct research in vet- erinn ry science and care for the health of the University's herds and flocks. A native of Oklahoma, he received his D.V.M. from Oklahoma A. and M. in 1953 and has been practicing veterinary medicine in that state since then. In the Entomology Department, Hobart P. Boles has been named Just what you want IM POWER! IN SPEED! IN FEATURES! New ;^| O.r^J^^ "55 I H»j>cr 55 You lid more oi' uvorythiMK in the now Oliv 2-3 plow Irnrtor! Clinirr nl'riij,'iiirs— 7.0 t.o 1 rompn-sHion nifio k'jisolinc or .'I.-/.' dicsi'l. I'u-k tlii- t.vpi- (but saves you Ihe inosl! Si< l'Mr\v;ir<l speeds, two reverse, new super tow of 1 l ^ in.p.b. Independently eniilrolled ('TO. Huill-in hydraulics Mini H-poinl liiieli. IJouble-disc brakes, ball-type steerini; dear. Low. compart, husky! Less Iban T'1 hiebes fo top of houti. Vomch wtuvl ku-e, "S iiu-h rear tires, front and rear tread adjustable IVulli -IS lo 7ti inelies. See Ibe new Super 5f) and you won't, want to larin whbout it! FA! 900 N. 6fh Henderson Seed Co. Now Open For Business- in their new office with new scales. Adequate facilities for handling your soybean crop in a prompt and efficient manner. Market prices paid for soybeans at all times. lesiderson Seed Co. Distributors of Pedigreed 1-A Cotton Seed Ph. 2-2800 • Highway Gl S. Phone 3-8166 Whatever your requirements, you'll do more, save more on every job . . . keep mote of your dollars at home with a John Dec're "50," "60," or "70" Tractor. Here are tractors that thrive on work. They bring you the greater lugging power o! simpler, stronger two-cylinder engines . . . the better economy resulting from Duplex Carburetion, Cyclonic Fuel Intake and-All- Weather Manifold . . . the greater time- and labor-savings of "live" hydraulic Powr-Tiol, "live" power shaft and many other features ... plus the rock-bottom maintenance economy of exclusive two-cylinder design. On every count, a John Deere Tractor will make more money, save more money lor yon. Stop at our store and get the complete facts. MISSCO IMPLEMENT CO. South Highway 61 ' Phone 3-4434 N DEERE QUALITY FARM EQUIPMENT MAKE YOUR OWN RAIN SPRINKLING IS SOOD CROP INSURANCE Waui» H matei H po>- •iblo for you to irfigato wdwi «id wher* you need to, THE A-M SYSTEM givei you many «du«(T« p*ttnt«i ft*, turos! H meant faster, easier, foolproof coupling *nd •* •ouplinq! Every valvo, coupling and fitting • rrwd* of A* f«t«it alloy ... YET A-M SYSTEMS COST NO MORH i—n • („, , F*n < Dealers Wanted! A-M SPRINKLER IRRIGATION SYSTEMS McKINNON'S Irrigation Equipment Co. Manila, Ark. Pfcent 111 assistant professor, replacing Dr. Floyd D. Miner who has been granted a year's leave of absence to work as entomologist in Nicaragua for 1 the Foreign Operations Administra- j tion. Mr. Boles has an A.B. from ' Southwestern University (Kansas) and a M.S. from Kansas State Coll- | ege. He has completed requirements ; for a Ph.D. degree at Kansas State j College. He previously tauyhi at j Huron College in South Dakota and \ served in the U.S. Army Medical | Corps. I The other three new appointees j are graduate assistants. Robert D.' Riggs will assist with research work in the rield of plant pathology while carrying on graduate study. He re- ccwert his B.S.A. from the University of Arkansas last June. In the Home Economics Department. Mrs, Merle G. Brady and Mrs. Nelia L. Teresa are new graduate assistants. Both received their B.S.H.E. from the University of Arkansas last June. Toxaphene and several other insecticides applied with certain precautions has been shown by testa to be safe for honey bees feeding on treated plants. STRONGBARM is 56% Stronger I/ton Conventional Grades 1 . As little as SliOO buys STRONGBARN Roofing and Siding, cresoled poles and all lumber and nails to build a 20 x 50 machine shed— high enough to house a picker, two tractors and plenty of room for implements. We also have other plans. II pays to protect valuable machinery. E. C. ROBINSON LUMBER CO. 319 W. Ash Ph. 3-4551 now ... fo make sure of winter comfort! A one minute phone call does the job. Simply call and tell us to fill your storage tank with PROPANE. This way you will avoid the possibility of last minute delay. You'll be sure of plenty of PROPANE for clean heating, water heating, and cooking no matter how early the the cold snap. TAKE TIME NOW. CALL US TODAY Tel. Poplar 2-20B1 Gas for complete farm and home uses. BLYTHEVILLE PROPANE CO., Inc. Highway 61 North Blytheville, Arkansas Ph. 2-2061 Be A Wise Owl And SHOP EARLY! While Stocks are Complete Use Our Convenient Christmas Lay-Away Plan Toys Tricycles GENERAL HARDWARE AND APPLIANCE CO. TOM A. UTTl.E, Jr., 109 W. MAIN Manager PHONE 8-4R85

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