The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 29, 1955 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 29, 1955
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FRIDAY, -APRIL 29, 1958 BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PACT REVIEW ""FORECAST Water IsPr Recharg oducing eTest Results FAYETTEVIfZiE — The first step in the search for an answer to the dwindling ground water suppleis in the Arkansas prairie area has been completed and basic data are being analyzed. Professor Kyle Engler, head of the Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas, reported today that findings from this first recharge attempt are encouraging. Professor Engler represent* the Arkansas Agricultural Expericent Station, one of the agencies cooperating In the study. The initial work Is" being conducted at the University's Rice Branch Station near Stuttgart through the cooperation of the Experiment Station, the H. S. Corps of Engineers, the U. S. Geological Survey, the Arkansas State' Health Department, and the Arkansas Geological and Conservation commission, as well as local organizations, individual farmers, and businessmen. The work is progressing as last as the limited budgets of the various agencies permit. Serious Prop-am The program under attack is serious one. Measurements of the water levels in the, areas, which have been made,yearly since 1935, show conclusively that the ground water is being depleted at a rate of about ».foot a year. The capacity of well* In part* ot the area has dropped »l much as 60 gallons per minute each year, and many wells have fallen below the 600 gallon per minute capacity which is a minimum for rice irrigation. Previous attempts at solving the problem have been through the use of deep weUs and reservoirs. Most of the- better sites for reservoirs are already being used, Professor Engler reports, and few additional sites are available. If recharging the underground water supply with surface water proves feasible, It would be a.tre- mendous boon to the area. In such recharge, surface water that 11 now lost through runoff during part of the year would be collected In reservoirs and allowed to flow Into the ground to replenish underground supplies. The water could then be pumped as needed for irrigating the rice crop and other uses. The Test As the initial step in working out a practical recharge procedure, water has been pumped from one well at the Eice Branch Station and allowed to flow Into the recharge well by gravity. During this process, observations have been made of the underground water at points surrounding the test well, to determine how far and how fast the water moves once It is underground, and the factors influencing this movement. Data from these observations have borne out some of the engineers' predictions, according to Professor Engler. Analyses have shown that the water spread out from the recharge well to a radius of about 500 feet in four days, a pretty slow rate of spread. It was also found that iron oxide, formed In the water because of Ite chemical content, partially plugged the well. However, the research workers were able to redevelop the recharge well to its original capacity or better. During this early phase of the work, samples of water from wells in the surrouding area have been examined for contamination. This summer, plans call for obtaining background information on recharge possibilities. Water from a surface reservoir will be run through small filters to find what filter or combination of filters will do the best Job. Surface water may plug a recharge well unless It Is filtered In some way before being used. However it is expected that a recharge well may be redeveloped with a minimum of filtering. • At the present time, two possibilities of utilizing rechrage findings are being considered. One Is that individual farmers In the area would Install recharge facilities on their farms, using whatever supplies of surface water were available to them. The other possibility is the use of horizontal collectors that would have sufficient capacity to recharge an area five to six miles in diameter and serve Irrigation requirements in that area. Such collector! would need to be constructed as a group project through the formation of an irrigation district. • Before this latter plan could be adopted, however, it would first be necessary to construct and test one such horizontal collector and recharge well to determine its feasibility, and sufficient funds are •not presently available for such a test. However, Professor Engler feels that the experimental work • In ground water recharge will not be complete until such a horizontal collector has been tried. He points out that it would have application in -many other situations In this country and throughout the world. elsewhere Maloch Says By D. V. MALOCH Mississippi County Agent Vetch Boosts Cotton Yield* By turning under vetch and using the proper fertilizer over a six- year period with continuous cotton, an increased average yield of 240 pounds of seed cotton was recorded at the Cotton Branch Experiment Station at Marianna. The results from (his test are in line with previous findings testing the results of a good cover crop program. Lawrence Woodard, one of the better farmers in South Mississippi County, said recently, "A good vetch crop turned <s equal to a two inch rain in early August on cotton." This might be a partial answer to irrigation. Mr, Woodard has grown vetch each year for a period of years. Irrigation Fever Is Down The irrigation fever has been slowed down some in recent months on many farms, but others are moving forward with plans for irrigating a much larger acreage in 1955. During the winter, three big wells were put down on the Denwood Farms, operated by C. L. Denton and Sons. New and expanded facilities have been added to the Grain Company irrigation program. J..B. Strickling has two wells on his West Ridge farm that were not used in 1954; W. S. Cockerhan is putting down two H inch wells for use on his farm near Floodway; Charles Wildy of Etowah has plans for putting down a well on the E. S. Wildy farm; B. D. Springfield of the Carson Lake community has a new 14 inch well and will irrigate several hundred acres. Others will continue to Irrigate from the drainage ditches as well as put down new wells, Check Small Graini for Worm* Every grower^ should check his fields for army worms every two or three days during the next 30: days. j The best way to check for dam-! age Is to/go into areas where the! small grains have a luxuriant rank! growth and make a close exami-1 nation for (1) leaves that have been eaten on or cut off; (2) look on ground for worm droppings; (3) look closely for worms around 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 Won jrf focfcs IWrogMi, crops or* enoppomting. Thot'i why jot nttd rtiHIips 66 Agricultural Ammonia. This 12% Nrtrojtfl ftrtHfMf produces rapid •orly growth for b*tttr grazing, larger crop production! Apply it dirtctly to soft with tractor equipment, of mtttf H Ink Irrigation wattf. See m for full mfomN- twn in Phtrlips 66 AgrkuHvral Ammonia. — Also dealer for applicators — SOUTH PEMISCOT OIL CO. Ph. 117 —STEELE, MO.— Ph. 271 8.E. Mlfttovri A Stjrroundlnf Territory— the base of the plant as well as on the clean spots between the amall grain bunches. Election on Conservation District Every land owner In Mississippi County east of Big Lake Floodway will have an opportunity to vote on whether or not to establish a soil conservation district on May 3. Voting places are as follows for South Mississippi County: Osceola, County Agent's Office. Little River Coop Gin, Gin Office. Wilson, Lee Wilson & Co. General Office. • Burdette, Burdette Store. Denwood, C. L, Denton Store. Every land owner IB "encouraged to njake his wishes known. One may vote anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The election is under the supervision of Stanley D. Carpenter and W. H. Wyatt. Something to Think About 67 GERTRUDE B. flOUMAN Cout; Born* D«mouitraUo» Afe»» Tour To celebrate National Home .Demonstration Week which Is May 1-8, the home demonstration county councils of H.D. clubs are planning a combination county-wide tour and council meeting which will be Thursday, May 9. The group will start from wood Club house, which Is about 5 miles south of Blythevlllt on Highway .61, at 9: IS and go to Mrs. Ira Koonce's home 'where she will serve doughnuts and coffee. Other stops will be to see new homes, furniture that has been refinished, and community improvement projects. At noon everyone will eat at the Rustic Inn. Just after lunch Marvin Razor, from County Lumber the Mississippi Company will Rich Village MINERAL HILLS, Mich. UPt — Anyone who lives in this Michigan Upper Peninsula village and isn't worth 134,838, hasn't got his share. Mineral Hills (pop 333) is one of the wealthiest comntunities in the Midwets because of its Iron ore mines and mineral reserves. Its property valuation Is $11,645,000. show a film on interior decorating and the county council president will conduct a short business session. Then the tour will be continued through the afternoon. 4-H'ers As Guests When the Number Nine Home Demonstration Club leaders gave a demonstration on party foods and how to serve them to club members they also invited the 4- H'ers in the community to be their guests. Home demonstration clubs sponsor 4-H clubs and this is one example of how they are helping Ihem. 4 H en Model Fifteen 4-H glrle In the junior club at Leachville modeled the dresses, they had completed, at the Leachville Home Demonstration Club in appreciation for what the H.D. club had done for them. The Leachville Home Demonstration Club had furnished 4-H leaders to help the girls with their sewing. These leaders met with the girls two hours every week for about two months until the dresses were completed. The home demonstration club also paid a fee of 75 cents per girl who sewed to pay for the use of the Home Economics cottage and equipment, where the meetings Were held. Pork Fork is on the list of good buys and is plentiful in many farm homes. Most pork is usually easy to roast now because it largely comes from young animals and is usually tender. It :s generally fat enough to be self basting. If buying or cooking a fresh ham, leave the rind on. This helps the meat to cook quickly and there is less shrinkage. The rind can easily be cut off the ham when it is roasted. Pork loin roast or spai*c ribs will be easier to carve If you crack the bone before cooking, A good pork roast is tender throughout with a brown crust on Weather And Crop Bulletin (Compiled by cooperative ef* forts of USDA, Eitenslon Service, Department of Commerce and University ol Arkansas Collet* of Agriculture.) The mean temperature for the past week was 11 degrees, which is S degrees above normal. Th« high- ets • weekly mean was 73 degrees at Arkadelphla; the lowest, 67 degrees at Mountain Home. The highest temperature reported was M degrees at Arkadelphia on the 22nd, the lowest, 42 degrees at Gilbert on,the 26th. The average rainfall for 18 stations was 1.37 inches. The greatest weekly total was 4.68 Inches at Georgetown; the least, 0.01 Inch at Texarkana. On the morning of the 21st there were two stations reporting over four inches and 37 the outside and juicy meat inside. To get the roast done to a "perfect turn," roast it at a moderate temperature of 325 degrees to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to cook pork until there is no trace of pink in the juice. For variety In pork, there are pork chops stuffed and plain. Other favorite cuts are steaks from the pork shoulder or ham and fillets from the pork tenderloin. When cooking any of these outs, brown them first, then let them cook slowly In a covered frying pan on top of the stove. After browning, 20 minutes Is usually the time required to cook pork which Is cut one-half-inch thick. Apples seem to go with pork. Try a stuffed pork chop with half an apple cooked right on top. Any tart fruit will bring out the best In the rich pork flavor. Try pineapple, apricot, peaches, cranberries or oranges. Among the vegetables given that combine well with pork are squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, sauerkraut, pepper, and celery. Ginger Bread Mil 8 cups flour 2 cups sugar teaspoons soda 2 tablespoons baking powder teaspoons salt 2 tablespoons ginger 2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon cloves IVz cups shortening Sift and measure flour, fllft dry ingredients together twice. Cut in the shortening until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Store In a tightly covered container In a cool place. This makes about 12 cups of mix. TO USB: Measure 3 cups of mix In a bowl. In another bowl measure cup of molasses and one well- beaten egg. Beat with a rotary beater until well mixed. Then add 3 /4 cup of boiling.water. Pour mixture Into the dry Ingredients and mix well. Pour Into an 8" x 10" x 2" greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees P. for 46 minutes. PLANT and PLOW YOUR COTTON IN THE SAME WEEK PLANT YOUR COTTON TO A STAND, SAVE THE FIRST CHOPPING PLANT CERTIFIED SEED FOR $1.20 PER ACRE D & P L Fox Cokers 100 Wilt Resistant D&PL15 Empire Wilt Resistant We Carry a Full Line of Arkansas and Missouri Adapted Hybrid Seed Corns: Sweet Sudan Ogden Soybeans Cert. Ogden Soybeans 5-100 Soybeans Lawn Grass Dortchsoy 67 Soybeans Dorman Soybeans Cert. Dorman Soybeans "If It Grows —We Have It" BLYTHEYILLE SOYBEAN Ph. 34856 CORPORTION Ph. 34857 stations reporting an Inch or more. The heavier amount] were In the northeastern fourth of the State. The southern border counties hart very light rain. Heavy rains over the Northeastern quarter of the States the night of April 30 again interrupted Held work which had been in full swing; for a few days. There were more showers the night of the 23rd in parts of Eastern Arkansas but they were not heavy and field work was resumed In most areas by the 25th. Both land preparation and seeding of cotton, corn, rice and soybeans will go forward at a rapid rate If soil conditions remain favorable. Land was prepared and COTTON planted as soil conditions permitted, although only a limited acreage has been planted in most counties. Heavy plantings are expected during the coming week. Some early planted fields are up to a stand but some replanting will be necessary because of the heavy rains. SMALL GRAINS are making excellent progress. Pall sown grains are heading and OAT HAT harvest will soon be underway In southern counties. Army worms are reported in some Eastern Arkansas oat fields. As much as fifty percent of the CORN acreage has been planted In parts of South Arkansas where some is up and a few fields have been cultivated. Planting continues In all areas. ALFALFA continues to make excellent growth and other HAY crops are doing very well under almost ideal weather conditions for these crops. Some first cuttings of alfalfa have been made In southern areas. Most recently seeded LESPE- DKZA Is up to a stand and making good growth, although heavy rains caused seert to drift in some fields and replanting will be necessary. CRIMSON CLOVER la In full bloom in the southern part of the State. Only a limited amount of RICE and 8OVBEANS was planted during the week. This work will go forward as rapidly as conditions will permit. Some rioe growers, however, are not too anxious to make large early plantings this I STRAWBERRIES are In full bloom, or past peak bloom in some areas, and are making very good progresi. > Berrlet continue to size In Sevler County. Virtually all TOMATOES have ben transplanted to fields in southern oountids and a few early planting are blooming. SPINACH harvest Is nearlng completion and harvest of other GREENB will start about May 1st In Crawford County. CUCUMBERS and SNAP BEANS are being planted In most areas and a few fields have been planted to WATERMELONS. Cutworms are damaging farm gar counties. PASTURED n* furnishing excellent grazing and CATTLE are getting fat. Buffalo gnats are bother- Ing cattle in Eastern Arkansas. MILK PRODUCTION Is expected to reach a peak soon as the milk flow has been very good. FARM LABOR Is still adequate to excessive in all areas but demand will increase if the weather becomes settled as there Is much field work to be done. No Predictions LANSING, Mich. (4V-*Ut* officials scanning a list of election inspectors stopped when ttuy CUM to one name. They checked further. The Inspector's r**J nun* t»: Crystal Ball. **•*•» Certified Non-CertifW -COTTONSEED- Delto Pine 15 ft DBI r D&PL FOX — SOYBEANS— Breeder! Ogdent Non-Cert. Ogderti Cert. Ogdens Cert. Dormant All seeds In itock «4 Blyttuvtlle Warehew THE PAUL D. FOSTER CO. N. Hlway «1 Ph. 3-3418 BMtiertBe Wantwoe But you CAN protott your income from the** <ropi with Farmers Mutual, HaH See "Dee" Now ' AT UNITED INSURANCE AGENCY A. F. "Dee" Dietrich, Mgr. Ill W. Main - Blylheville, Ark -- - Phone S-M11 '.V.W.W 15 CHICKS With purchcrM of 25 Ib*. Purina Chick Starteita Giveaway Starts 7:30 A. M. On SATURDAY, APRIL 30 2,000 (hicks-while they last! Bring your own box. These are Leghorn cockerels and make fine eating. COME EARLY TO FEEDERS SUPPLY CO. 513 E. Main Phom 3-3441

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