The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 25, 1955 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, February 25, 1955
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NW8 PAGE SEVEN REVIEW i« FORECAST On Missco Farms By KEITH B1LBREY. County Arent Lee Soybeans The Arkansas Seed Council met at Little Rock Feb. 15 and allocated to producers in 33 counties a total of 1,135 bushels of registered Lee and Dorman. soybeans. These registered seed were all produced by the Arkansas Experiment Station system. Because the demand was far in excess of the supply, only 77 applications out of 146 requests were approved for some seed. M. J. Osborne, at Roseland was the only Mississippi County farmer to be allocated registered Dorman soybeans. He gets 20 bushels. The following Mississippi County farmers were allocated ten bushels of Lee soybeans each, Alex Curtis, Manila; J. 0. Edwards and Earl Wildy, Leachville; Doyle Henderson, Blythevllle; Hoseland Gin Company, Roseland; Stanley Carpenter, Osceola; Coleman Crews and Sons, and Reiser Supply Company, both of Keiser; Wesson Farms, Victoria; and Lee Wilson and Company at Wilson. John Stevens at Dell and Earl Wildy at Leachville were the only two North Mississippi County farmers to produce some of the Lee soybeans In 1954. The U.S.D.A. says that the Lee soybean Is yellow, yields equal to the Ogden and possesses real shatter resistance. They mature at least a week later than Ogdens. Local farmers say they are almost as green in color as Ogden. Thanks, Mr. Godley In a county-wide farmer meeting In Osceola last week, Lloyd Godley, Secretary of the Production Credit . Association, reviewed the development of the land grant college system in America. Mr. Godley stated that "next to our churches and public schools, the land grant college system has meant more to raising the standards of living in America than any other program." The rest of the world is now copying our land grant college system In agricultural research, extension service (county and home demonstration agents), and college of agricultural residence teaching. The residence teaching trains our scientists for research, our county agents, home agents, soil conservationists. F. H. A, workers, many of our vocational teachers and various others to fill other public and commercial jobs. Mr. Godley credited much of the Increase In cotton and soybean yields in this area directly or indirectly to the activities of the ag- MAKING TRACTOR HISTORY T/»» Great New FERGUSON 35 *M> 4-WAY WWIK tOHWOl JACK ROBINSON IMPLEMENT CO. rlcultural experiment stations and the extension service, The increase in Mississippi County alone would make more money than -Arkansas has ever spent on research, Mr. Godley said. Bang Control No cure is Known for Brucellosis of cattle (bangs disease), a most serious Infectious disease and one readily transmissible to humans. But at the Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Md., a small laboratory supplies the world with cultures of Brucella abortus Strain 19 to make a Vaccine to protect the cattle against the disease. Next Monday and Tuesday, Mr. Henson, a federal vacclnator, will vaccinate calves for 11 farmers In North-Mississippi County. Calves to be vaccinated are between six and 12 months of age. Soil Analysis We have Just received the analysis and fertilizer recommendations from the University on over 5,000 acres of land for E. M. Regenold and others in the Armorel and Huffman territory. Seventy percent of the samples recommended nitrogen only for cotton production. On 27 percent of the samples they recommended a combination of Nitrogen and potash for cotton production. Only on 1 percent of the samples did they recommend any additional phosphorous, with nitrogen. None of the 134 fields needed any lime. Actually 9 percent of the fields were neutral or slightly alkaline. Cotton does best in slightly acid soils. Irrigation Up In Missouri Survey Shows Twice Amount of Acreage Used Artificial Water In an irrigation survey, conducted by members of the field crops department at the University of Missouri, it was found that 444 farmers in 75 Missouri counties irrigated field crops in 1954. Questionnaires were, returned by 155 frrf gators and they reported 12,367 acers, exclusive of rice, irrigated during the year. This is an average of 79.8 acres a farmer. Assuming that the rest of those who irrigated maintained this average, a total of 35,431 Missouri acres were under irrigation in 1054. This is a 215 percent increase in irrigated acreage over 1953. And, according to answers on the questionnaires, all of those who Irrigated in 1954 intend to do so again in 1955 — even the few who said that irrigation did not pay them last year. In Instances where irrigation failed to pay, most farmers said they started too late in the season or quit irrigating too early. Streams continued to be the largest source of irrigation water with 55.9 percent of the irrigators using this source. Other sources included wells, used by 36.5 percent, and ponds, used by 7.6 percent. Sprinklers were the most com- It's Due to Stay Cold The weather maps below give you the U. S. Weather Bureau's long-range forecast for. mid-February to mid- March. It is not a specific forecast in the usual sense but an ESTIMATE of the average rain or snowfall for the period. EXPECTED PRECIPITATION Precipitation during mid-February to mid-March will be above normal over the toufhwest, but subnormal over northmt «na the Pacific nc 'Invest. EXPECTED TEMPERATURES Temperttartt daring mid-February to mid-March will b« below I nonnali over cistern (bird of IT. S., and southern Halt*. Above normal indicated for northwest. mon method of irrigating with 84 percent of the irrigating being done this way. Ten percent flooded their fields and 6 percent used the furrow method to distribute water over the field. The, study was conducted by Ross FJeetwood, extension field crops specialist, and D. M. Whltt, re- searchist for the field crops department and the United States Department of Agriculture, through the cooperation of county extension agents and soil district planners. Corn Was the crop most often irrigated by those reporting for 1954. the survey shows. Average figures show that 91 farmers irrigated 3902 acres of corn two times with a total of five inches of water and the yield Increase was 36 bushels. Farmers from 14 North Missouri and 29 South Missouri counties irrigated corn during the year. Hay and pasture crops were next in line with 81 farmers! rrigating 2383 acres of hay crops — mostly alfalfa, some sudan, sorgo, and clover and timothy. Seventy-three farmers irrigated 2483 acres of pasture. All but five farmers said pasture Irrigation paid and the five indicated that they started irrigating too late in the season to get full advantage. Irrigated alfalfa had increased yields of from one to six tons an acre, with most reporting three tons. Several reported four to six cuttings ucder irrigation. Emergency plantings of sorgo made four to 10 tons of hay and up to 17 tons of silage an acre under irri- Insurance On Crops Ready Now A. F. Dietrich, Crop Insurance Representative for Mississippi County said today that he is now taking applications from farmers to Insure their investment In growing a cottton crop during 1955 and succeeding years. Dietrich explained that this in- Attention Well Men • Irrigation Contractors - Wholesale PIPE and WATER GATES ]2inchWingate ....$16.20 .Seamless Spiral Weld — Corrugated Used Pipe... Fittings.... Concrete ... Phont Newport 893 Day, 538 Night NORTHEAST ARK. PIPE CO. I Highway 67 North Newport, Arkansas Pemiscot Notes By W. F. James. Pemiscot County Agent Spring Oats Seeding- There has been more than usual interest In seeding spring oats in Pemiscot County this year, and just to keep the record straight this county agent has been guilty of telling folks they need to plant those oats in February or the first week in March If they expect to harvest a reasonably good crop. You know we usually have a few days in February when a person could get oat seeding done. That calls for having everything ready so if and when the conditions are right, the oats can be sown. I've seen more poor spring oats crops than I have good ones grown in Southeast Missouri and you've already guessed why. Yes, that's it, surance has meant much to many farmers in this area over the last several years, especially to those who have collected an indemnity as a result of excessive drought, or In the earlier years, of excessive rain. Mr. Dietiich explained that there is no substitute for a Federal All-risk cotton insurance policy. No place other than through, the United States Department of Agriculture can the farmers secure protection to his cotton crop investment against all unavoidable Josses. Dietrich states that there is a considerable amount of interest among farmers being shown in the program this year. Jatc March or Apr]] seedings, j Missouri O-205 is the best oatj variety. Treat the seed and plant i at the rate of 1\- A bu. per acre. • Yes, I'd use about 100 Ibs. of! ammonium nitrate per acre on the oats. You could put the fertilizer on after the oats are up if you didn't get it on before. Oats and JUpe ror Hay Pasture If you re raising hogs and don't have some alfalfa or ladino pasture for them. Rape and oats is your next best pasture. You seed 1 bu. (any variety) oats and 5 Ibs. Dwarf Essex Rape per acre at the very earliest opportunity now. You'll find it necessary to mix the rape seed with sand or corn meal in order to spread such a small amount on an acre. Now here's where your nitrogen fertilizer will really pay off. The rape should be 10 to 12 inches high before you turn the hogs on it. With February or early March seeding on fertile soil and a favorable season you should be pasturing the rape and oats in late May or early June. An acre shoula provide for a sow and litter and then some. Berry Time I have had a few questions recently about growing strawberries for home use. Strawberries are the easiest of all fruits to grow. They are the first fresh fruit of the season and besides being tasty and attractive rank high in vitamin C. A row of strawberries about 100 ft. long will supply about three quarts of fruit a day ior three- weeks, when both early and lute maturing varieties are grown. Choose The Best Varieties You can't afiord to buy your strawberry plants by the pretty picture in the catalogue. Everbearing strawberries have not done well in our area. Blake-more, good for preserving and freezing, is the most, widely planted variety at present, It is vigorous, drought resistant an an excellent plant maker. Despite the tendency of this variety to set too many plants and for berries to be .small at the end of the season it Ls one of ihr- most productive and dependable varieties. It is one of the early season vane-tits. Aremore, a late variety, developed in Missouri, from a cross between Aroma and Blackmore is an excellent late berry. It handles well and is especially good for freezing- Midland and Fair peek are mid- season and late varieties respectively of especially high quality, varieties require more care and are for the producer who wants quality rather than quantity. Select a Favorable Site Strawberries will grow on a wide variety of soils but do require good drainage. Heavy clays are Ifasi adapted to, strawberry growing but even here good preparations by use of organic matter to loosen the soil and bedding for drainage may make berry growing possible. A soil test is the best- way to learn the soil treatment needed for your particular soil. Not having a test you can go ahead and gamble that 200 Ibs. of 3-12-12 per acre will give you a fairly good treatment for berries. At any rate il you use a mixed fertilizer go light on the nitrogen (first number of the fertilizer formula). Broadcast fertilizer and disk, it into the top 4 inches of soil. Prepare The Soli N'ow Since strawberries can be set anytime now that the ground can be worked, it's time to prepare the land. A low bed is usually preferred for setting plants in this area. Buy Certified 1'lants The sate 01 strawberry plants that have not been certified is prohibited by law in Missouri. This applies to a man selling plants to i his neighbor as well as the com- imtrciai nurseryman who ships plants into the state. The purpose of this law is to prevent spread of diseases and insects. Certification dors not guarantee i irur-ne.Hs to variety. The purchaser [ must depend on the reliability of the j grower to secure varieties true to j name. I Fifty to 100 plants Li a sufficient ! number to supply fruit for an average family. ; Setting The Plants I Carry your plants in a pail partially filled with water and set them ' ?bout 2 ft. apart in rows about 3 ft. apart. The plants may be pruned of all but thref- of the young tender center leaves and the roots can be trimmed to four to six Inches long. Set the plants the same depth they were originally. i In the sprtnsr of 1956 you'll harvest i the fruits of your labor if you did a srood job ,of cultivation and kept 1 the berry patch free of weeds all summer. gation. On pastures, some of the increases were noted on questionnaires as follows: "Two to five head an acre through the sum- I mer.'" "Ten times my normal pas- I ture." "Twenty acres grazed 50 head and made 800 bales of hay and 35 bushels of fescue seed." "Made 400 pounds of beef an acre," "Excellent fall pasture." Cotton and soybeans were also irrigated in Missouri during 1954.! Over 2000 acres of cotton were irrigated and the average yield in-] crease was .51 bale an acre. The [ average yield increase on 1270 acres of irrigated soybeans was 11 bushels an acre. Other crops irrigated included tobacco, oats, and fall-seeded small grain. Data on rice was omitted from the report but Missouri did! harvest 9000 acres of rice in 1954. I South Pemiscot Oil Co. ANNOUNCES the opening of its new Anhydrous Ammonia Plant Now In Operation Located at site of PHILLIPS 66 BULK PLANT Steele, Missouri When soil loch Nitrogen, crops art disappointing. That's why you need Phillips 66 Agricultural Ammonia. This 82% Nitrogen fertilizer produces rapid Kirly growth fof belter grazing, larger crop production! Apply it directly to soil wrtti tractor equipment, of meter it into Irrigation water. Se« us for full informa- tion of! Phillips 66 Agricultural Ammonia. —Also dealer for applicators— SOUTH PEMISCOT OIL CO. Ph. 117 —STEELE, MO.— Ph. 273 —Sen-ing: S.E. Missouri A: Surrounding Territory— Let Us Solve Your Irrigation Problems — DISTRIBUTORS FOR THESE • Turbine Pumps U. 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