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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 1958 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.), COURIER NEWS PAOTHW* REVIEW-"FORECAST On Missco Farms By KEITH BILBREf Count? What Is the Trouble? What are the troubles in agriculture? There are many, and it would take all day to discuss some of them. ' Loss of exports is one of the greatest, 1 think. Too few people seem to fully realize this. Would it help any at all to look at the cotton export history since 1925? Over 11 million bales were exported in 1927. Over 7 million bales were exported annually during all the great depression years. Look: YEAR BALES EXPORTED 1925 ................. 8.200,000 1926 ................. 8,100,000 1937 19'.'8 1929 1930 1S31 ,, 11.300.000 1.900,000. , 8,500,000 7,100.000. 7,000,000 ................. ,, l(i?2 ............... 9,000,000 1933 '. ..... .'• ......... 8,600,000 1P34 ............... 8.400,000 1935 ............... 5,100,000 lope ........ 6.400,000 1937 ............ 5,700,000 1938 ............... 5,900.000 1939 ............... 3,600,000 1940 ... .......... 6,500,000 1941 ............. 1,300,000 1942 .............. 1,200.000 1943 .............. 1,300,000 1.300,000 1,800,000 ............... 3,700,000 1947 ................. 3,900,000 1948 \ ................ 2,000,000 1949 ................. 4,900,000 1950 '.', ............... 6.000,000 1951 ................. 4,400,000 1953 ....... 5,800,000 1953 '.'. ............... 3,100,000 1954 ................ 3,800,000 1955 ................. 3.800,000 New Farm Program Many farmers ore giving up hopes. I see more clearly now why Farm Bureau leaders have preached in the past years, something, like this: "There must be some limit to the amount of government controls In agriculture. Don't let agriculture get too dependent on government and the annual congress.' Some leaders, most farm magazines, most' farmers I talked to, thought congress would this t year develop a farm program that would in several ways start to im- ove the cotton situation. Never before, no, never before to my knowledge, had so many of the organizations representing cot-' ton, and the different segments of the cotton industry agreed on the seriousness o! the (1) problems and (2) a program for solutions. 1 have heard that only one small producer group did not agree. In spite of this unity, great need, and very late date there is still no new [arm bill. Observers I listen to and read from don't see much in the currently proposed and much amended program. So ... I can't give you any suggestions on getting your farm plans ready for a new program. Your guess is as good as mine, probably belter. Great Need One of the great needs in this great agricultural area is land leveling "shaping." It would improve surface drainage a lot, eliminate "pot holes", and wet places. This would permit quicker planting and cultivation after rains and improve yields. It would make practical a great deal of furrow irrigation. Ask Marion Koehler or E. M. Ro-,enold or Ear! Wildy or Bruce Byrd how land shaping improves a" farm. Bob Bryant is leveling over 400 acres in one tract south of Leachville right now. He is improving drainage and getting ready for furrow irrigation. The "soil bank" proposals might have given many of our farmers the break needed to level and shape at least a part of their farm. Announcing- An Arkansas 5-acre cotton yield contest is starting in 1956. You are invited to participate. Top prize is $500. Second prize is $300. Third is S200. i Sponsors: Arkansas Seed Grow-! ers Association and the University ', of Arkansas. DOWN THE HATCH—If you l ike soosr liver, you'll appreciate FreeI Rumler of Waterlown. Wis He's a "noodler," and rtere aren't many more of them in the United States. "Needling is a nrocess of force-feeding peesc tq enlarge their livers. As much as •wo pounds can be added this way to the average quarter-pound iver The "noodles" are three-inch pellets of corn-and-wneat -neal fed in lots of 6-8 to the geese four times daily. Rumler is •hown above on his Walcrton-n farm, "noodling" some geese for Gathings Is Speaker For MCPA Meet Congressman E. C. (Took) Gathings of Arkansas will be one of the principal speakers at the Seventh Annual Meeting of Missouri Cotton Producers Association to be held the afternoon and evening of Thursday, April 5, at Sikeston. Chairman of the cotton subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture, Gathings is the author of a pending bill which would require the administration to use its existing authority to regain and hold the .export market for American cotton. A strong advocate of domestic parity, also known as "the two price Any 3-Point Hitch TRU-DROP POWER-LIFT _ Four-Row p/anfer nok«! Mrall.l LEWIS MORROW, Shop Foreman Jack Robinson Implement Co. "Your Ferguson Dealer" Dinners' Meeting Every gin owner, gmner and prospective ginner should' make a special effort to attend the meeting at the court house in Csceola at 1:30 p.m., April 10, to hear the Regional Gin Laboratory research men discuss handling and ginnillg machine picked and rough hand picked cotton. Most of our gins are very good but some have installed more cleaning j and drying equipment than others. The meeting has been planned to help all ginncrs get the most out of the equipment that thoy have in making a quality sample. Corn Viirietie^ Most of the hybrid corn producing companies and the University Experiment Stations recommend the hybrid corns that produce the; most bushels for this area. | As a rule, these varieties fall into j the maturity dates of 110 to 120 day growing period Some people for! one good reason or another desire an earlier maturing corn. Some of the earlier maturing hybrids recommended by the companies are the 600 series and lower SCO -series of Dekalb; Funks 244; Pioneer 303 or 301 A; Pfeistcr 61. Maioch Says By D V. MALOCB Mississippi County Agent Missouri Bean Acreage Expected to Jump Wheat, cotton, and soybeans. That was the rank of Missouri's cash crops in 1955. Ordinarily, cotton and soybeans alternate in this spot but wheat took over due to high yields on a wheat acreage 1\k percent above that of 1954, says Bill Murphy, University of Missouri extension field crops specialist. Last year's wheat crop was worth $96.7 million, cotton brought in $76.4 million, and the soybean crop was valued at 573.8 million. Although wheat acreages are controlled by allotments, more people took advantage of the provision in the allotment law that allowed them to harvest 15 acres of wheat on a farm without incurring marketing penalties. For the coming year, Murphy thinks soybeans will be a strong competitor for the top spot. Acreage allotments on corn and cotton are expected to encourage system," the Arkansas Congressman is expected to discuss his theories for allowing cotton to seek its own unsupported price level ;both at home and abroad while protecting farm Income through production payments under, the domestic parity plan. Also receiving top billing on the program is Dr. J. H. Longwell, dean of the Missouri College of Agriculture, who will speak at the annual meeting on the expanded Delta Re- j search Program, a long time object- i ive of MCPA made possible by re-j cent appropriations passed by the j Legislature. \ Paul C. Jones, 10th District Con- j gressman of Kennett, is schedulded i to discuss "Fact ana Circum-j stances" surrounding the farm sit- j uation and pending farm legislation. Keystone 45 matures in from 1< to 110 days. The following varieties mature in no to 120 days: Punks G 46; Draper McCurdy 987; Mecham M-Q; and Dekalb 896. For full season varieties, plant one of the following recommended varieties: Dixie 22; Di*ie 33; Broadbent 402; Pfelster 631 W; Pioneer 505 W; Draper McGurdy 897; De- kalk 1023 and 1051; and Pioneer 510W: 1 Good Corn Yields j It is generally better to plant and' fertilize corn to grow a good crop each year rather than to try for a 100 bushels or better with extrr thick spacing and excessiv nitrogen. ; On ideal years, normally from 75 to 90 pounds oj nitrogen is sufficient to make a good crop of corn. Since corn is a glutton for nitrogen fertilizer excess nitrogen has little effect on increased yield. Some of the best corn that I saw In 1955 was fertilized with 75 pounds of nitrogen per acre placed under the row prior to planting. One to two stalks per hill every 14 to 16 inches will give ample stalk population for good production. Thicker spacing and excessive nitrogen may increase yields on some years with I extra good-seasons. i Fertilizer applications for ele-| ments other than nitrogen should Dicks Ending 25 with Swift CHICAGO — J. B. (Ed) Dicks, manager of Swift and Co. oil mill at Blytheville, recently observed his 25th anniversary of continuous service with Swift. A native of Augusta, Ga., Dicks joined Swift in Atlanta in 1931. • He later served in Augusta, Meridian, Miss., Memphis, and-Greenwood, S. C. He's been manager at Blytheville since August, 1953. be based on soil analysis from a reliable soils laboratory like the University of Arkansas Soils Laboratories at Marianna and Fayetteville. Soil medium or lower in potash should receive at least 60 pounds of K2O per acre. Soils low in phosphorous should receive about 200 pounds of 20 percent superphos- phate per acre. more farmers to turn to beans as a crop for diverted acres. Also working in favor of an expanding soybean acreage is a comparatively high soybean price support level. The national average support price has already been set at $2.15. J. M. Ragsdale, university extension marketing specialist, says it's still too early to forecast next fall's bean prices but he expect* them to be good when compared to other gains. Soybeans are easy to grow in all sections of Missouri. The main objection to the crop is that it loosens soil to such an extent that severe erosion may occur it beans are planted on sloping land. Small grains can be seeded in the fall following soybeans to check winter erosion. Planting dates for Missouri soybeans range from early April in extreme south Missouri to mid July due to the range in the length ol the growing season in the state. According to Murphy, the majority of the bean crop is planted the same as corn so that the same equipment can be used to cultivate both crops. Some farmers move rows closer together to get higher yields but special cultivating equipment is needed. For rowed beans, planting rates run 40 to 45 pounds an acre. Cer- ified seed, or its ntfnal, should be planted to get good stands. And, inoculation is important it the seed Is to be used on land never planted to the crop before. Properly Inoculated .beans can get a large part of the nitrogen they need from the air. The University's field crops department — in recommending bean varieties—divides the state into four sections—north, central, south, and southeast Missouri. Variety recommendations are further broken down as to early season, mid-season, and full season varieties lor each section. Although soybeans do well on rich soils, John Falloon, University extension specialist, says the crop is erratic in Its response to fertilisers. Lime, where needed, helps and If a field is to eventually get rock phosphate, it might help to spread it before beans .are planted. Other fertilizers probably will return more on other crops surer of showing » response. Missouri farmers wanting a rec- ord of recommended soybean vtiit- ties can get a copy of an Extension Service folder, "Recommended- Ctop Varieties for Missouri," from th«ir local county agent. This folder lists the recommended varieties for corn, cotton, ior- ghums, sudan grau, o»ts, whtat, barley, rye, tobacco, graiM*. W- gumes, millet, and rice «a well M for soybeans. DELTA PROPANE Co. 3-4662 BULK PLANT: Broadway & Hutson • Propane • Butane • GAS APPLIANCES • INSTALLATION • TRACTOR CAR- BURETION (Factory Type installation) PHONES — 3-4567 OFFICE: 400 South Railroad R. C. Forr & Sons, Owners "Serving this area for over 20 years" NO STRAIN- NO PAIN! with a JOHN DEERE Quik-Tatch CULTIVATOR You cultivate easier . . . faster . . . and better when you use a John Deere Quik. Tatch Cultivator. 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