The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 28, 1955 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 28, 1955
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 1958 REVIEW -FORECAST Pemiscot County Boy Wins Cotton Contests An all-time record of 1,37« pounds of lint cotton p«r acre has just been officially established In the 19M 2-bale cotton contest, sponsored by the Missouri Cotton Producers Association. Oarl Watklns, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. WaUtins, Route Z, Steele (Paniscot County), set tiie record on his 1854" 4-H cotton project. Production yields by other contestants were equally fabulous; and were obtained in spite of a lulling frost that caused over 16% of Missouri's cotton crop to be replanted, and In spite of widely Scattered hail storms that hit isolated plots throughout Missouri's cotton land; and searing drought conditions that prevailed throughout the year. The record cotton yield was produced on a plot of ground that had been in pasture for several years. Bed Clover, Timothy and AlsS-.e were seeded in the fall of 1947, later on, limestone was applied at the rate of two tons per acre; and Ladino and White Clover were added to the grass and legume mixture. After the pasture was plowed under and a good seedbed prepared. Delta & Pine Land Pox cottonseed was planted on April 22 at the rate of 40 pounds of seed per acre. Withstood Frost The cotton came up to a good stand and was one of the few cotton plots that withstood the Wiling frost that came on May 4. Due to the excellent condition of the son, chopping and cultivating costs were held to a minimum. The records that young Watkins maintained show a chopping cost of $21 on the two-acre plot and a labor cost of » for cultivating. All the cotton was picked by hand and was of such quality that it sold for an average of 38c per pound. A total of $696.55 was the net profit received from the two acres. His costs did not include rent, tractor expenses, nor labor performed by young Watkins himself. Carl is an active member of the Micola 4-H Club, and 1964 marked his second year in a club work. His plot was supervised by A. M. Inman of Rt. 2, Steele. He is in the 9th grade at the Braggadocio High School, and among other achievements he has won a blue ribbon at Pemiscot County 4-H Achievement Day on good grooming and also a blue ribbon on a stalk of cotton exhibited at the Caruthersville American Legion Fair. Plans Calf Project Carl will receive S200 in D. S. Savings Bonds at the annual meeting of the Missouri Colon Producers Association, which will be held sometime in March. He plans to invest his prize money in a pure-bred calf project. The record yield obtained on this cotton plot demonstrates the value of ample organic matter in the soil. The build up of organic matter by the use of legumes in the pasture, which preceded the cotton crop, helped loosen the soil and increased its water holding capacity and caused the release of plant food«. Tallis Ryon Third Third place honors in the contest went to Tallis Ryon, who produced 1,217 pounds of lint cotton per acre. Young Ryon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ryon, is 16 years old and in the 9th grade at the Risco High School (New Madrid County). He is an active FFA worker; his supervisor is Robert Harris, vocational agriculture instructor at Risco. Tallis and his instructor attribute his high cotton yield to the cultural practices carried out on his cotton project. He planted Pedigreed Coker's 100W cottonseed, April 23. Two hundred pounds of 3-9-18 fertilizer was applied at planting time and 100 pounds of anhydrous ammonia per acre when the cotton was up to a good stand. Another factor in producing this high yield was shallow cultivation, which TaUis believes contributed greatly to his success., This enterprising young farmer plans to continue his cotton farming program until he completes school. His earnings are being saved and will be used to start farming on his own after graduating from high school. Tallis will receive a »60 U. S. savings bond and the official 2-bale lapel pin from the Missouri Cotton Producers Association and also a cash prize of »60 from the Ctker Pedigre.ed Seed Company.' The MCPA does not officially endorse any variety of cotton, but encourages its cotton club contestants to plant seed of the variety that they believe • to be best adapted to high yields of quality cotton under Missouri growing condition!. Fourth PlM* Winner A yield of 1,201 pounds of lint cotton per acre won 4th place for Howard Watkins, Jr., a 12-year old Braggadocio School (Pemiscot County) student and 4-H Club member. Howard's project supervisor. was A. M. Inman, Rt. 2, Steele. He planted D&PL-Fox cottonseed and carried out proven farming methods. He will be given a 150 Bond and the official 2-bale lapel pin by the Missouri Cotton Producers Association. Risco Boy Fifth A yield of 1,119 pounds of lint cotton was produced by Bill Johnson, FFA student at the Risco High School (New Madrid County), to win 5th place in the cotton contest. Bill is 18 years of age and is in the llth grade. His project supervisor ji Robert Harris, vocational agriculture instructor at Risco. He planted StonevUle cottonseed and followed good practices. He will receive a $50 U. S. Savings Bond and the official a-bale lapel pin from the MSPA. Places Sixth Ronnie Qlen whitfield, 4-H member and Junior in the Caruthersville High School (Pemiscot County), produced 1,061 pounds of lint cotton per acre to win 6th position. Joe Grosser of Caruthersville was Ronnie's supervisor and reports that farming practices recommended by the County Extension Service were followed. He planted DPL-15 cot- 1 tonseed. Ronnie is 15 years of age.. He will receive a $50 U. S. Savings Bond and the official 2-baLe lapel pin from the MCPA. Seventh Place J. R. Johnson, 9th grade student in the Clarkton School (Dunklin County) 4-H Club member, was first place winner in the cotton club contest in 1953 by producing 1280 pounds of lint cotton per acre. He placed 7th in the contest in 1964 by producing 1071 pounds of lint cotton per acre. Rolay Anders was J. R.'s project supervisor. Delta & Pine Land Pox cottonseed was planted .and good farming practices were followed. A $50 U. S. Savings Bond will be his award for last year's achievements. J. R. received the MCPA 2-bale lapel pin to 1S53 plus the first place S200 Bond. Beef Cattle Meeting in Little Rock Sponsored by the Arkansas Beef Cattlemen's Council, a program has been prepared for a state-wide beef cattle meeting in Little Rock in February that should be helpful to any Mississippi County farmer or rancher interested in the many phases of the beef cattle industry in Arkansas, according to Keith Bilbrey, County Agent. , , This meeting will be held at the Marion Hotel in Little Rock on Friday, February 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mr. Bilbrey said the Council is an overall beef cattle organization composed of the various breed associations, three feeder calf sales associations, and the Farm Bureau Livestock Commodity Committee. It was originally set up to speak for the beef cattle industry as a whole. Its members were the president, Secertary and one man at large from each of the member associations, A meeting or me Arkansas Beef Cattlemen's Council is scheduled for Thursday night, preceeding the general meeting on Friday, to vote on extending membership to all individual members of each of the mem- ber groups now making up the Council. Tha Program As other groups such as new feeder calf associations, are formed they will become eligible for membership in the Council, according to Arch Smith of Texarkana, president of the Cattlemen's Council. Reporting on beef cattle work at e University of Arkansas will be Dr. Maurice L|. Ray on nutrition and C. J. Brown concerning breeding. Both are with the Department of Animal Industry and Veterinary Science, University of Arkansas. Smith, as president, is to tell how the Beef Cattlemen's Council rep- •esents cattlemen through member associations. Paul Barlow, county agent, Columbia County, is to present suggestions for establishing feeder calf sales in Arkansas. Out of state speakers scheduled to take part in the general meeting are JDr. A. L. Neumann, beef cattle department, University of Illinois; Dalton E. Gandy. National Cottonseed Products Association; and Carl F. Neumann, general manager. National Livestock and Meat Board. Recommendations on cottonseed meal-salt mixtures for beef cattle will be given by Gandy; Carl F. Meumann is to explain work with National Livestock and Meat Board; and Dr.A. L. Neumann wlil jive points on roughage utilization and cattle feeding possibilities in Arkansas. FOR SALE AT A BARGAIN! 1- J.I. CASE TRACTOR Model DC-3 equipped with starter and lights. USED ONLY ONE YEAR! —Reasonable Terms— THE FARMERS BANK and TRUST CO. Bl.YTHEVILLE, ARK. Something to Think About By GERTRUDE B. BOLIMAN County Home Demonstration Agent 4-H Workshop Last Saturday morning about 50 4-H girls and five leaders met with the "Home Demonstration agent at the Leachville School to plan workshops in clothing and room improvement. Mrs. Bob Shipley with other leaders to assist will be in chnrge of the junior group and Mrs. Lee Roberds with assisting leaders will nave charge of the junior high and senior groups. The first project the Leachville group plan to work on will be clothing and clothing accessories. It is a project to prepare the girls for the pre-Easter county-wide Dress Revue which will be held early in April. Grateful A 4-H club girl said to me a few days ago. "I sure am glad you gave us a demonstration setting the table and the proper way to use our knives and fnrks, before we went to the 4-H banquet. I would have been so embarrassed if I had- not known good table manners.' Most of both the boys and girls | in the various 4-H clubs saw the demonstration and according to reports they have been putting the teachings into practice at home, too. Good Leaders Tt is a big relief to the Home Demontratkm agent to know there are leaders .ready to take over and give a demonstration when she has to be absent. Mrs. Forrest Moore recently gave 'ie demonstration at the Float Lake Demonstration Club and next week he will give the demonstration to the Lone Oak Club and to the Armorel Club since I will be attending a farm and home meeting at Jonesboro. The demonstrations this month include a new plastic material that may be put on pieces of furniture and other equipment for an attractive finish. Safety For 1955 After several weeks of 1955, perhaps many resolutions for the new year have been made but broken. Farm families needing some plan to replace the broken or those New Years' resolutions never made, can profit by vowing to observe home safety rules during 1955. Keeping up to date on safety information is especially important for homemakers. Today, more than ever before, there are, more young children and elderly people in our nilation. Technology has brought new hazards within their range. The old rule about keeping all medicines on a high shelf — out of sight and reach of children — still holds true. Here are several other items to keep out of their reach. Some of these are cleaning powders or liquids, insecticides for the garden, lighter fluids, and painting and finishing materias. The National Safety Council has warned of incrpasing accidents from power tools. The do - it - yourself trend, apparently needs to be accompanied by do-it-yourself safety information. Its Time To 1. Make plans to have a good garden. 2. Plan in advance to prevent plant disease. fa) Do not plant some vegetables in same place year after year. (This is probably the most important prevention.) <b> Use disease-resistant varieties. (ci Destroy all diseased trash from last year's garden. fdt Plant only treated seed, 3. Start your children on a weekly spending allowance. WAIT for the BIG SURPRiSI For 1955... Error Is Noted In Farm Column W, F. James. Pemiscot County agent, has called attention to a typographical error in his colmun, "Pemiscot Notes,' last week. The column, as printed, said Pemiscot County's cotton acreage would be cut by 100.000 acres this year when the figure should have been ten thousand acres las a result of cotton acreage control 1 ;). Water Rights Bill Scored by AFB State Group Protests Proposed Legislation The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation registered strong protest to the Melton Water Rights Bill in a letter to the members of the 60th General Assembly of the Arkansas Legislature. "The declared policy of the bill," the letter stated, "was the establishment of the 'prior appropriation theory' of surface water in Arkansas". This, if enacted, would abolish the riparian rights theory in our state and would control the use of water to the exclusion of many small farmers. Another point of strong objection was that the bill did not provide for local control. Passage of such an act, the letter said, would permit the state to instiute water control in areas where such control was not wanted and without the consent of the of the people to be affected. "Such action," Hardin said in the* letter, "was not in the pub- Lie interest." First User Theorj' "Since the theory of prior appropriation gives the first user priority, the smalt farmers would be uii- able to defend themselves through the construction of irrigation facilities with equal priority in time," Hardin's letter said. The letter called the legislators attention to the fact that the bill did not confer any additional or new rights upon landowners. Rather, it provides a method and procedure whereby rights already owned by the land owner could be taken away without compensation of recourse. Hardin's letter was based on the action of the Farm Bureau's Board of Directors at its last meeting. The Board listed three major objections to . the proposed Melton Water Rights BiU: (1) The bill is based on the prior appropriation theory; (2) It does not provide for local control; (3) It gives the state ownership and prior rights to the use of surface water. MUttf First All-New Tractor in its Class sine* th« War Hays Implement Co. Walnut at Franklin Phone 3-6898 WELLS & PUMPS for Form Crop Irrigation "Make It Rain With Pumps by Layne" Install Now and be sure of your Crop! We install 2 inch house wells FREE ESTIMATES — NO OBLIGATION! Set or Caff Frank Stay at Arkansas Well Co. Ph.3-4110 127 E. Main Missouri Eyes Bollworm Threat MCPA Foresees State Aid in Fighting Menace MCPA officials left Jefferson City last week greatly encouraged over prospects for securing state funds for protecting the cotton area of the state against incursions by the dreaded pink bollworm which had advanced by the close of last cotton season to within a hundred miles of the state borders in northern Arkansas. J. P. Ross, president, Jake Weaks, first vice-president, and Hilton L. Bracey, executive officer of the Association, told the Appropriations Committee of the State Senate, and the House Committee on Agriculture, of the threat to Missouri's cotton industry, and proposed a definite plan for combating the pink bollworm invasion. Supporting the presentation of the MCPA representatives were Julius Anderson, State Entomologist, and L. C. Carpenter, State Commissioner of Agriculture. ' The Senate committee is headed by Senator John Noble, of Kennett. The Hon. J. S. Wallace, of Scott County, is chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. Legislators Concerned Every legislature from Southeast Missouri assured the cotton men of their support in obtaining funds for the proposed action against the boll worm, and both Senator Noble and Representative Wallace promised the support of their respective committees. The plan outlined by the MCPA includes setting up of Inspection stations which would be staffed by employees of the department of agriculture with authority to thoroug- ly inspect all vehicles entering the state and of preventing the entry of waste raw cotton, used pick sacks, or other materials in which the worms or their larva may be transported. Officials attribute the spread of the pest mainly to carrying of the larva in the cars and possessions of itinerant workers. Serious Threat Calling the pink bollworm "the greatest single danger to the cotton industry," Bracey and Anderson as spokesmen for the MCPA delegation, told lawmakers that the worm could easily cost Missouri cotton growers millions of dollars if allowed to gain a foothold in the state. In 38 Texas counties, legislators were told, the pink bollworm destroyed cotton valued at $28 million; and representing about 3D per cent of the entire crop for the infected area. A million dollars in a single season would be a conservative estimate of the loss Missouri cotton producers could suffer, the cotton men said. This estimate was based MASSEY-HARRIS Economist Sees Good Demand, For Feed Grains Late in 7955 During the 1955 season, Wendell McKinsey, agricultural economist at the University of Missouri, says Missouri farmers might be wise to plant the maximum acreage of corn per mitted under acreage allotments and as much of the other feed grains as Is consistent with good farming practices, Supplies of feed grains and concentrates in the United states for the' 1954-55 feeding year are ample — 4 percent larger than last year anc( second only to that of 1950-51. However, corn production in Missouri last year was down to about one-half the long time average. There likely will be very small supplies of any of the feed grains in Missouri except in government hands at the beginning of the next harvest season. Therefore, there should be more than the usual local current demand for feed grains grown in Missouri next year and their production should be profitable at prices near next year's support level. The limitation of acreage allotments on corn can be offset in part by the liberal use of fertilizer applied according to soil test, says McKinsey. Also any corn needed during the next six months should be purchased as soon as possible. Any' reduction in corn prices in that time to very unlikely, McKinsey polnte out. The supplrt program should keep corn to at least $1.40 in surplus areaa. To this must be added the cost of transportation into Missouri. Government stocks will be available : at about $1.75 which should be the effective ceiling. on the use of all known control measures now in use where the pest has become established. The habits of the pink bollworm are well known to entomologists. At the same time, by far the safest and surest control, as well as the most economical control measure is to segregate the Missouri cotton area, insofar as possible from the initial Infection. Constant vigilance throughout th.e area will make it possible, it is hoped, to deal with occasional cases of infection which probaly will occur in spite of the most rigid Inspection possible. Missouri cotton growers will hear more of the. pink bollworm during the coming season. YOU BET THEY LAST! —Guaranteed Work— We make your old tires like new—at a fraction of new tire cost! BURNETT'S ROYAL TIRE SERVICE S. Highway 61 Ph. 3-8662 • Prevents Costly Delays in the Field » Eliminates Major .Repair Bills Later • Lengthens the Lif* of your Tractor » Results in Top Performance with Factory-Engineered Parts Don't wait until the rush is on for minor repairs or « general overhaul . . . bring your tractor in early and be ready for heavy spring schedules. You'll find genuine Massey-Harris parts fit right, perform better, last longer. They're factory- engineered to fit your tractor. 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