The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 8, 1955 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 8, 1955
Page 11
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FRIDAY; APRIL a, wee corona FACTS BLSYKH (AW* RE1/IEW - FORECAST •*§r,' On Missco Farms By KEITH B1LBREI. Oowrtf Aienl Water, Water, Waier I heard nothing but praise for the Manila folk! who put on a good irrigation show, in spite of rain. The number of people who came in spite of rain was almost unbelievable, and a pleasant surprise. I heard Friday morning that Bob McKinnon went to the barber shop, got a shave, and they charged him $2.50. I asked. "Why?" They said, "Because his face was so long!" Wasn't so, cause ever time I saw him he was smiling. When people' walk around In the blowing ram to see irrigation equipment, they are interested in its future. Publicity and radio people were there from all over, including Mill McNamee from the Delta Farm Press, Clarksdale, Miss., Marvin Vines, a Little Rock Radio station, and Mr. Neal from the Farm and Ranch, Nashville, Tenn. Can't Win For Losing Small grain growers suffered severe losses in the March freeze. For instance,.Clem Whistle, Jr., had 80 acres of as pretty wheat as I ever saw. It was jointing. It is dead! Some other farmers have lost a much larger acreage than Mr. whistle. The surprising thing is that Ark- win oats seemed to stand the freeze better than any other small grains. Maybe Dr. Rosen at the University of Arkansas did more for Arkansas small grain growers than any of us realized, when he bred and made the Arkwin oat, for cold and disease resistance. WARNING: wheat growers, go to your PMA office and tell how you are handling your wheat; what you are going to do with it. The way you keep or destroy your wheat could change your wheat history and also influence future cotton allotments on your farm. Believe It Or Not On January 1, 1955 Mississippi County had more hogs on farme than any other County in Arkansas. 17,300 head was the January 1, estimate. Clyde Hawkins at Leachville sure has furnished us some fine Hampshire breeding stock. L. H. Autry at Burdette sold a dozen fine bred Duroc gilts last winter about the Mme he went to the legislature. My, what a fine lot of pigs they have delivered! C. H. Whistle, Jr., bought a dozen bred Hampshire gilts recently. Baah! Charles and Richar' Rose are hi New Mexico this week to buy a large flock of western ewes. Clem Whistle says he has 1.200 head of ewes lambing on his Lawrence County farm. That's proba- bly the largest flock of sheep in Arkansas. Com Mississippi County farmer* harvested 30,400 acres of corn last year, and averaged 13.5 bushels per acre, according to the Crop Reporting Service estimate. Farmers with irrigation possibilities might want to consider increasing their corn acreage. Corn will usually give a larger and more consistent increase yield from irrigation than soybeans. Ross Hughes, Jr., called to ask how far apart to plant,corn for high yields. Three years ojf our Experiment Station studies indicate that best yields in this area came from * 10,000 to 12,000 plant population per' acre. Planting 38 inch rows with 98 per cent germination seed, 14 inches apart in the row will give about 12.,000 plants per acre. Alfalfl Large acreages of spring seeded alfalfa was lost in the March freeze also. The financial loss was heavy. James Jacks, Alflaia researcher at Osceola, says alfalfa seeded first two weeks in April should be expected to survive, but the yield would be much reduced the first year. 4-H Club Camp Board Meets New Dining Hall At Wappapello Is Under Construction The board of directors of the Missouri 4-H Club Camp located on Lake Wappapello held their annual meeting at the Poplar Bluff Library Thursday, March 3lst. Pemiscot County Board Members A. H. Webb of Steele and Mrs. B. M, Fowlkes of Caruthersville were accompanied to the meeting by Extension Agents W. P. James and Thelma Davidson. The new $12,000 dining hall now under construction at the camp Is expected to be complete by camping time President Harold Hill told the board. Mrs. B. Rust Brown, secretary- treasurer of the board, reported that around one thousand camp : ers used the camp facilities last year. In addition to 4-H Club members the camp was used by Women's Extension Club grousp and church groups. Funds on hand and to be turned in by counties toward paying for BEST BY TEST All Over the Cotton Belt Test Results Prove That . . . BOBSHAW 1A and DELFOS 9169 are the cotton varieties that produce the largest money returns. We have the above in Registered Breeders Seed. Also OGDEN seed beans. HENDERSON SEED CO. Highway 61 South Phone PO 2-2860 Late Weaning Paid on Pigs Point* Listed In Program to Get Gains COLUMBIA, Mo. — Pigs weaned at two weeks of age were not as large at eight weeks of age as were pigs which were 'weaned at the end of six weeks. Leland .Tribble, university of Missouri swine specialist also said the earlier weaned pigs had rougher hair coats and did not appear to be as thrifty as those weaned at six weeks. Tribble gave the results of the test on early weaning of pigs at the Annual Spring livestock Day held on the university campus today. "And, 1 Tribble said, "there was more variation in size of pigs weaned at two weeks than those weaned later. However, some pigs in the early weaned group were good and the best litter averaged 42 pounds per pig at eight weeks of age as compared to an average of 46 pounds per pig for the best litter weaned at six weeks. "When only the cost of feed eaten during the experimental period is considered, the early weaned pigs were produced slightly cheaper," Tribble noted. But some other factors need to be considered . in calculating production costs of these two systems and in our experiment, no figures were available on labor." Tribble listed the followln gpoints as important when considering early weaning of pigs. One—pigs should be good, healthy, thrifty pigs when weaned. Two—Particular attention needs to be given to water. Pigs of ages require plenty of water and the baby pig is no exception. Three—good sanitation is a must as well as a dry place'for the pigs to sleep. Four—proper heat must be maintained if pigs are farrowed during cold weather. Five—pigs will consume a dry ration readily. Peed should be kept before them at all times. They should not be allowed to become hungry and then overeat. The experiment was conducted last fall by the animal husbandry department at the University. Seven litters of pigs were weaned at two weeks and compared to nine litters weaned at six weeks. Eight week weights were used as a measure between the two groups. According to Tribble, all pigs were kept on concrete throughout the experimental period. Each litter was kept in a separate pen including those on sows. Those litters weaned at two weeks were given a dry starter ration when weaned. This was fed a week and during the second week, the starter ration was mixed with a creep ration. Prom the time the pigs were four Weeks old until the end of the ex- creep ration alone. Pigs weaned periment, the pigs received the at six weeks had access to the same ration in a creep. Tribble said. Early weaned pigs ate the dry feed readily and drank large amounts of water. the new building amounted to around nine thousand dollars, Mrs. Rust said. The same officers were all reelected to serve another term. They are Harold Hill of Slkeston, president; Jjee Dalton of Sturdivant, vice-president; and Mrs. B. Rust Brown of Bell City, secretary- treasurer. The counties participating In the 4-H Camp Association are each represented by two board members. The camp site leased from the federal government is owned and controlled by them. It is the only such camp located in the state. Participating counties includes: Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard, Wayne, Perry and Washington. Weather And Crop Bulletin (Compiled by eoep«»«Te •»• forte of OSDA, EilemiOD Scrrloc, Detriment of Commerce »nd UniTenitT of ArkuuM Collet* of Ajrlculture.) The mean Umperaturt tor the past week, as determined from the records of 17 stations, was M degrees, which it 1 degree below normal. The highest weekly mean was CO degrees at Camden, Dardanelle, nd Ozark; the lowest, 54 degrees at Gilbert. The highest temperature reported was 82 degrees at Arka- delphla and Camden on the 3rd. The lowest reported was 26 degrees at Gilbert on March 30th. The average rainfall for 25 stations was 0.& inch, with weekly totals rang- ng from none at El Dorado to 2.67 inches at Helena. Unusually severe freeze damage occured in late March which virtually wiped out peach prospects for this year and severely damaged other fruits. Small grain crops were hard hit and much of the lespedeza just coming up at that time was iOSt. Spring vegetable crops were severely damaged and the strawberry— harvest delayed. On the brighter side, soil moisture is generally adequate over the State and land preparation i* progressing satisfactorily, although farm work s not* as far adavnced as at this time a year ago. Land preparation for COTTON Wanting is well along but none has jeen planted yet. If weather per- nits, planting will get underway on i large scale after mid-April. Much CORN land has been prepared and planting has begun. Some early corn was up in southern counties and was killed by the late March freezes. Severe damage to LESPEDEZA that was up during Lhe recent cold weather is reported. A large acreage was lostt. ALFALFA suffered damage too but old stands are making good recovery and some first cuttings are reported. The quality of this hay will be reduced as result of freeze damage. SMALL GRAINS were generally hard hit by the late March freezes. At best, these crops were set back in development and in more severe cases the plants were killed outright by the cold. The latter is largely confined to spring sown oats where the damage was most severe. Some of this acreage will be replanted. OATS and WHEAT that had begun to joint were particularly vvulnerable to the freezing weather. However, it is n t believed that a very large percentage of the total acreage was this far advanced when hit by the cold weather. Freeze damage of this severity occurs very Infdequently in Arkansas so late in the season and consequently it is difficult to make a state-wide apraisal of its full effect r the abilit yof the crops to make E recovery after such damage. STRAWBERRY blooms and small berries were all killed by the severe freezes the wek of March 20 and harvest will be delayed from ten days to two weeks. New buds are forming again in some beds. A very Molasses, Organisms Did Little To Help in Gains on Roughage COLUMBIA, Mo. — Additions of molasses and dried rumen organisms to the fattening ration for yearling steers fed a low-grade roughage did not appreciably increase feed use or rate of gain. Tills was the result of an experiment carried on by the University of Missouri anlmnl husbandry department during 1954 and reported on by James E. Comfort, a member of the animal husbandry department, at the Annual Spring Livestock Day held here today. short crop is in prospect due mainly to sharply reduced acreage and thin stands. Mtirch freezes killed many TOMATO plants in cold frames. Some plants have been replaced and transplanting to fields s reported underway in Bradley County. The acreage In South Arkansas will be somewhat below intentions because of the loss of plants. Freeze damage was very severe to RADISHES, GREENS, SPINACH, and early planted FAllM UAU- DENS. Young spinach will probably grow out again and be ready for cutting In about ten days, but. most older spinach is not expected to recover. Farm gardens are be ng replanted. Most early planted POTATOES were frozen 1 back to ground-level. The State's commercial PEACH crop is just about a .total loss. There may be a few early variety peaches in protected places. A1TLES were also killed in northwestern counties but seem lo have withstood the cold in St. Francis County. Only about one-fourth to one-third of a GRAPE crop is expected in Northwest Arkansas. BOYSENBEIUHES and BLACKBERRIES were also damaged considerably by the freezing weather. CATTLE are in better condition than a year ago in most counties. A large acreage of fall sown grains furnished good grazing during the late fall and winter. Very warm weather in early March pushed growth of PASTURES but they were set back by about three weeks by severe freezes later in the nionth Some are beginning to grow again Marketings are considered norma and stock water is adequate. LABOR supply Is adequate to excessive, considering the light demand for farm help at this time. drouth pataures and where ground ear corn and cottonseed meal otherwise made up the bulk of the ration," Comfort concluded. The experiment was started due o the shortage of good quality msture and dry roughage because of the drouth in 1854 and also he- cause of the need for more infor- natlon as to how the efficiency of ow-grade roughages can be improved, Comfort noted. And, in a feeding trail conducted it the Missouri Station In 1B53, the addition of one pound ot mo- asses per head a day to a ration of ground ear corn, soybean oil meal, an dtimothy.hay increased jrain consumption 7 percent and rate of gain approximately 25 percent. Also, Comfort said that previous studies had indicated that the addition of dried rumen organisms might improve a fattening ration for steers when a low quality rourhnge was used rather than a high rrade one. Three lots of yearling steers were used in the experiment. The check lot was fed a ration ot ground ear corn, cottonseed meal) and wheat straw The other two .ots were fed the same ration except that the ration for the remaining lot had an addition of one pound of molasses per head each day. 'After 90 days of feeding, several steers being; fed the molasses became stiff and sore on their feet," Comfort said. "These symptoms were also noticeable in several steers in the oilier two lots a few days later. Blood tests Indi-' cnted tliere was no vitamin A deficiency." After 120 days of feeding, all steers slowed up on their grain consumption. Two pounds of good quality alfalfa hay per steer per day was added to the ration, Company sain 1 , and ihls resulted in some improvement. And, a change in the grain ration to ground shelled corn helped, and all lots were back on full feed In 10 days. According to Comfort, the steers fed the limited amount of molasses and the rumen extract stayed on feed a little better than the steers In tho check lot. Also, the steers in the chock lot appeared to carry less finish but this difference was not noticeable in their carcasses upon comparison after slaughtering. Alamo, Phirr, and Ban Juan, three Texas towns, are so close together they are connected by sidewalks and use the same high school. Read Courier N*m CluiUted AJi. PAINT & WALL PAPER FREE ESTIMATES LOW PRICES E. C. Robinson Lbr. Co. Phone 3-4551 "In straw this was experiment, wheat not a satisfactory roughage for fattening yearling steers \Vhlch had previously been Hale Deltapine No. 33 Hale Ogden No. 2 Our newest and best- cotton and soybean varieties resulting: from 12 years breeding. Stale-registered, purple tas. 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