FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE FIVE R EM IEW "•» FORECAST Farm Machinery Race as Wild as Auto Battle Looms as Ford Gears Up to Get Into the Act By DOUGLAS LARSEN NEA Staff Correspondent • DETROIT — (NEA) — An era of competition in the farm machine industry as wild as that in the passenger car business is in progress. And the inevitable result, experts predict, will be half a dozen giant firms controlling most of the business and many of the present 1400 local manufacturing companies eliminated or swallowed up by the leaders. Another result could be some startling improvements In farm machinery, inspired by the competition. The announcement by Ford Motor Co. that it is now ready to "challenge the leaders in the farm machinery industry," Is behind this development. For the first time in its history, Ford will produce a whole line of small-to-large tractors in its new Highland Park, Mich., plant, expanded and modernized "at a cost FORD'S DUFFY: No runnerup ideas. In the tens of millions." Traditionally, Ford has had about 20 per cent of the tractor market with only one model. After tinkering with various sales systems since the war, Pord is ready to rely on 32 independently- owned distributors and a chain of 2800 franchised dealers. Traditional basic sales unit in the industry is the "branch," wholly owned by the manufacturers. But the heart of Ford's long- range effort in this field is a new research and engineering center just outside of Detroit which will include 500 top farm equipment engineers. This staff will provide the blueprints to Wood Bros,. Inc., a Ford manufacturing subsidiary in Des Molnes, Iowa, and other manufacturers, for the production of new pieces of equipment. Ford already has 125 major implements in its line. The man selected to head this ambitious endeavor is aggressive Irving A. Duffy, general manager of the new tractor and implement division, He is a former executive of International Harvester, present leader in the industry. Says Duffy: "Ford has never entered any field with the idea of being runner- up. We are going after, and expect to get, an increasingly larger share of the important ;farm equipment market. We are prepared to back up our effort to achieve this goal with every resource at our command." This is ambitious talk, but the NEWEST TRACTOR — Ford's newest tractor is shown in the new research and engineering center of the company near Detroit, center of the farm implement race. Mr. Cotton Farmer: Delint your Cottonseed NOW WE GUARANTEE PROPER DELINTING & CERESAN TREATING BLYTHEVILLE DELINTING CORP. Hiway 61 S. Ph. 3-6258 stakes are high. U. S. Department of Commerce figures reveal that the 1954 total volume ,of farm machinery sales was about SI.6 billion. And its prediction is that this will go up to $1.8 in 1955. Exact figures on the slice of the business each firm has is not a matter of record, but unofficial estimates give Ford only about six per cent of it. International Harvester has had about 23 per cent, Deere & Co. 15 per cent and Allis- Chalmers about 8.5 per cent. Other big names in the field are Massey- Harris-Ferguson, Case, Oliver and Minneapolis-Moline. * • * Reports from these firms indicate that they are aware of what Ford is setting out to do but are happy to accept the challenge. They are prepared to match Ford's new line of tractors with innovations of their own. One firm is going to feature a new auxiliary electric power generator as an at- tachment to its tractor. Another firm is coming; up with an improved corn picker which shreds the stalks for silage while it picks. Another long-range result of this development in the industry, Department of Agriculture experts concede, is a speeding up of the trend toward larger farms. Improved farm machinery has aided larger farms because that's where big pieces of equipment are most economical. One of the motives behind this Ford venture, it is said, is the determination of Henry Ford II to make his grandfather's dream come true. Henry Ford Senior's introduction of the mass-produced Fordson tractor in 1917 really started the mechanization of American farms. Since then Ford has produced about 2,225,000 farm tractors. But it was always the elder Ford's dream to have a full line of equipment as is now planned. MANILA NEWS By Ruth Home Manila Baptist Church will sponsor a religious census of the city next Sunday afternoon in preparation for the spring revival, the Rev. ' Guy Madge, pastor, has reported. Mrs: Deward Dopson has succeeded Miss Imogene Evans as veter- ;ans' secretary at Manila High School, Superintendent Roy Ashabranner announced Monday. Miss Evans will be married Saturday to Eugene Dobbins of Flint, Mich., formerly of Manila. Manila PTA met Monday night, Subject of the program was "Juvenile Delinquency and Its Relation to Our Community and Home." Speakers were Mrs. Madge Brown, Mrs. Lois Goodson, Herbert Adkins, and Mis. Dorothy Towles. The Rev. Charles Caery gave the devotional. Attendance prizes were won by the fourth grade and the junior class. Ladies' night will be observed at the February Methodist Men's me- MR. FARMER FERTILIZER at SPECIAL PRICES POTASH-60% Granular - - - - $47.85 ton AMMONIUM NITRATE LIME • • 47.00 ton (20.5% Nitrogen) AMMONIUM NITRATE 81.25 ton (33.5% Nitrogen) - These prices include loading your truck at the warehouse - NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED FOR BOOKINGS BUY NOW WHILE OUR STOCK IS COMPLETE HENDERSON SEED CO. HIGHWAY 61 SOUTH PHONE 2-2860 etmg Wednesday night. The Rev. E. G. Hollifield, superintendent of the Jonesboro District, will be guest -speaker. W. W. Caery, Sr., left Tuesday for California where he will be employed. Manila Baptist young people have been invited to a Valentine social at Leachville Baptist Church on February 14. Jerry Densmore has received- a medical discharge from the U. S. Navy. He returned home Friday. Mrs. William Edwards. Jr.. chairman of the Mothers' March on Polio reports that $180 was contributed during the march Monday night. Manila captains assisting Mrs. Edwards were Mrs. Dean Pierce. Mrs. Walter Davis. Mrs. Bilbo Osborne, Mrs. Bill Brofrn. Mrs. Bill Vermillion, and Mrs. Dial Ballard. Pemiscot Notes By W. F. James. Pemiscot County Agent What are the approved crop vari- ful in the next year or so. eties most suitable for Pemiscot County? That's a question we quite frequently get now. We shall try to give you the best information we have at this time as developed by the University Experiment Station. Cotton varieties have narrowed down to just a few. Some new varieties on test only two or three years look good but the ones which have stood, up well for five years or more are given here. Delfos 9169 Is one of the newer Stoneville cottons which is showing up very good. It is expected to take the place of Stoneville 2B which has been a favorite so long. It is about the same in earliness but the staple is longer than Stoneville 2 B. It also has a slightly higher fibre quality. Delfos has outyieLded stoneville 2 B, Deltapine and Fox for the past two years and the 1948 to 54 average lint yield puts it ahead of them at the Sikeston Station. From 1948 to 52 Deltapine and Fox led the others in lint yield. Fox cotton, because of its earliness and high yielding ability and Deliapine 15, because of it's high lint turn out as well as high yield will continue to be popular cottons. Soybean varieties for early season nclude Perry and Clark; mid-season Dorman and S-1CO beans; and full season Ogden and Dortchsoy No. 2. Last year S-100 beans gave a good account of themselves as compared to some other varieties. It has been found that S-100 beans are more resistant to certain virus diseases and that may cause them to be used more in the future despite their low oil content. Missouri O-205 oats is the top yielder of aU spring oats varieties. Hybrid corn varieties recommended are U.S. or State developed hy- j brids. There are commercial hy- j hrid varieties which may be as good j as those recommended but the gen- i etic make up of these commercial' varieties is a trade secret hence the Experiment Station cannot promote them. j For early corn U. S. 13, Mo. j 313 or Ohio C-92, for mid-season I Mo. 804 and U. S. 523 W (white) j and for full season, Dixie 17 and i Dixie 33 both white hybrids are i recommended. I Kansas or Oklahoma Common al- | falfa or Buffalo <for bacterial wilt infested land* are the Alfalfa varieties found best for our area. Climax Lespedeza will out-yield . Korean for hay and is equally as j good a seed yielder. The seed of this crop are rather scarce this year but will likely be more plenti- Winter small grain varieties rec- omm,ended include B-400 barley; Forkedeer and Cimmarron winter oats and Vigo, Clarkon and Knox wheat. The use of these tried and tested crop varieties is only one of the important factors to be considered along with, proper soil treatments, seed bed preparation, cultivation practices, harvesting practices and many other in striving for high net income in 1955. Read Courier News Classified Ads. 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