The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 25, 1952 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 25, 1952
Page 11
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FRIDAY, JUI/T 25, 1952 11'UET IULTS FARM HEWS AND REVIEW. Supply of Irrigation Water Is Running Out in Arkansas ..ByJlAROM) H.XHT. LITTLE ROCK Ml — Arkansas' supply of water for irrigation purposes is running out. That's the blunt fnct disclosed hy an irrigation report compiled by (he Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee. € Particularly is this true in the a: 1915. In 1950, there was 60 inches lion purposes has heen depleted of rainfall during the first 10 n Arkansas, surface water is be- months of the year, yet 38,287 ullivation of rice. Already farmers in Ihe Grand Prairie region have drilled wells hundreds of feet lo Ihe point where the shaft rests on rock strata. Still no water — at least not enough to grow rice. So s a y s R. S. Whitaker, member of the committee and the Arkansas Resources and JQevelopment Commission year, yet acres were irrigated in 29 counties. Arkansas has no means by whicb an individual can establish the legal right to the use of water. There Is nothing to prevent a farmer from going upstream, ice {building a dam across a creek and thus diverting the flow of water from a farmer who. although there first, has his farm downstream. The AWR committee says that where water LB used for irrigation some definite water rights policy is necessary. Seventeen Western states have lon^ a^o The committee report disclose \ found this to be expedient and how jicule is water depletion iti | have set up laws lo regulate the ' use of water. the stale. This is true of ground water in contr&st to surface water. The state's streams and rivers, plus lakes, bayous, etc., afford plenty of surface water. It's the ground water — such as that tapped by wells — whose level is being lowered year by year. An outstanding example Is found a few miles east of Stuttgart where i ground water level has dropped more than 60 feet since 1910- In the Wheatley-Hunter area of Monroe County, the report says. the water level has dropped some 30 to 35 feet; at Wynne, Ark., it has dropped 10 to 15 feel: «nd if) to 20 feet at Werner in Polnsett 'A study made by the University of Arkansas disclosed that the underground water level is not being replenished to any extent In the entire rice growing area bounded on the south by the Arkansas River and on the north by the Arkansas-Missouri Line. You says this is true of ri?e, but we in northeast and northwest Arkansas don't grow rice But It can happen to you. The AWR committee says while this exhaustion of the undergrounc water supply is going on—notablj in rice — there has been an expan Bion of other crops which mus , be irrigated to live. Such crop expansion will, verj quickly, exhaust the presen ground water supply. This leave only two possibilities — finding j new supplemental water supplies ; or controlling the use of that which remains. The average rainfall in Arkansas Apparently is not enough. When a drouth, such as the one now | ~ f gripping the state. Is on this fact 1 is brought forcefully to the attention of all concerned. JS The rice acreage in the state "as not been below 100,000 since Where ground water [or irriga- llg developed to such an extent that similar problems have been encountered. Waters rights legislation was defeated in both the 1949 and 1951 legislatures. • In the semiarid and arid lands of the West, water is scarce. Agriculture and grazing depend so heavily on this indispensible resource as to give it outstanding value. The legislation in those states considers the supply of waterlarge- ]y in terms of need. It has been established that plant growth does not use 100 per cent of the water applied to the land. Thus, the farmer may be allocated only that amount of water which has been | proven practical for his crops. ton leaves Infected with Angular Leaf Spot, This disease hns been noticed to be more prevalent this year than in many years In Mils county. On the Leaves the symptoms are angular water-soaked spots (also elongated areas running along the veins) which later turn dark. On the bolls, round water-soaked spots develop into round sunken spots. Infected bolls later decay. Leaves may be shrd if Ihe infection effective in most fields of cotton. | Spider mites continue lo increase. I In only a few fields are they serious j enough to warrant control at pros- ! ent, however. In two cases of spot treatment known In the county, Aram it e has given quick and effective control of the spiders present at the time. However, a check four or five rtays later • revealed young spider.s present. This indl- artlclcs. Too, that to get full control of red spider, a second application four or five days later Is neces- be in a favorable position. easy to read style. Too, It contain! numerous color plates, photographs Soinc of you fanners who have and drawings to help Identify In. , , ,. /, I bi'cn in the habit, of securing the i sects. Hotter net your request for a siu-y. as is recommended by the fcx- i Ycarbook of A( , ricU ] Uire pu t out by free copy in P,irly to your Congr«s-_ tension Service. Avamite should be( tnc u.S.D.A. each year will he in- man. A copy can be obtained at * .... used at the rale of O.G pound actual' terested in kno\ving that the 1952 Aimite per acre. Yearbook is entitled Infects. Copies With the 15 per cent reduction In ! arc expected olf the- profs In Aug- BWine numbers which we have in list. It hns 952 pages, written in an Arkansas this year, there will he a On Missco Farms by Counts Agent Ksith J. Bilbrej- H. L Halsell of Promised Land tural Experiment Station at Mari- loppcd by the Extension office this I anna, vitch planted each year in a becomes severe. With an occurrence of weather conditions this fall conductive io boll rot. this disease j could cause a hiph amount, of boll | rot in some fields. j Control is only partially effective.! Partial control can be obtained by delinting and treating planting j seed. Using planting seed from aj healthy crop is also helpful. How- ! ever, control can only he accomplished satisfactorily by breeding i resistant varieties. Dr. V. H. Young.' head of the Department of Plant Palholoay at the University of Arkansas .jays that resistant varieties may be available in a few years. A new emergence of 3rd gene-ration soybean beetles is showing up in a field of beans beloncine to Udell Newsoin of Dell. This parttc- lilac field had a fairly heavy infestation of 2nd sensation beetles He has been advised to hold off spraying for a few more days, un- lil the emergence is further advanced. cales that Aramite probably did nnt i rtctniunl fov pi:^s this Tall ami win- destroy Ihe eRgs, as had been re- j ter. The farmer who has lie-en able ported in some popular magazine ' to save a fe\v sows or [:ilts should cost of 250 from (he Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington 25. D. C. v-eek on his way into the PMA of- ice to make application for vetch seed. He is seeding all of his cnt- ton i240 acres) in vetch again this all. For the most part during the past four years, Mr. Halsell has slanted soybeans on hi-s heavy (gumbo) soil and cotton with vetch on his mixed land. Some data on the effect of vetch on cotton yields might be of interest to nil. In a ten-year study, 193241, conducted by the Ark. Agriciil- rotation of cotton and corn resulted in an average annual increase of 314 pounds of seed cotton per acre. According to R. Q Hro\v* county agent of Mississippi County. Missouri, controlled tests have shown thai on an average, a good stand of v'etch will return more than $20.00 worth in extra yields, above the cost of the legume seed. Insrct Situation Same The cotton insect situation is still about the same as last week. Nothing of Importance, with the possible exception of red spider, has been found. Natural control is ver> The Best Paint Is The Cheapest! Phone 4551 For An Estimate E. C ROBINSON LBR. CO. Ready mix CONCRETE For Patios . . . I'orchrs Driveways . . . Flours , . . , All concrelc work. BLOCKS Concrete £ Ha.vilile All typos ;iml sizes . Sidewalks . . Curb 4- Outter CULVERT Jletal & Concrete All in stock JOHNSON BLOCK CO. Blythcvillt, Ark. Phone 23SO P. O. Box 815 AnguTar Leaf Spot Otto Scrape brought in sonic cot- A Fenet For Tow lif»rim«, SM. MISSISSIPPI COUNTY LUMBER CO. Phone 8151 LABOR SAVING POWER ON ARKANSAS FARMS Vtr. Jimmie Kemp, ftnret) of Rohwer, Arkansas testifies to the efficiency of. his Caterpillar D-2 Farm Traclor. Shown above is the Caterpillar D-2 Tractor pulling a tandem disc preparing a cotton seedbed. Hear the "Farm Forum" with Johnny Holmes every Saturday at 12:15 PM on KLRA The Caterpfflar D-Z Tractor 5s trie Meal farm tractor—Powerful, sure-footed traction in aft kinds of sod conditions. RUGGED- tronble-free operation for years of working service ECONOMICAT^for great savings hi fuel and maintenance.' And with the Big laborsaving attachments—like the Dozer Wade and the Tree Cutter, you can sav« the price of your tractor investment in labor alon*. M»B Cowp«i For Detaft* Contact J. A. RIGGS! TRACTOR CO. i -CATERPILLAR" SALES AND SERVICE FOR ARKANSAS 421 E. Third Lidle Rock, Ark. Fort Smith McGehe* Carnden West Memphis J. A. H1GGS TRACTOR CO D rtrmut Littta Rock Ark. D ShKJonl I would Hke more Wtfornwtttm sbowt th« Caterpillar D-2 Tractor. rj Har« your "Caterpirtsr" r*pr«- »entative explain how tho D-2 can $olve my farm problem! (No obligation, of rourse) D Send me literature on the Caterpillar D-2 trader and attachments and how they make my farming more profitable. 2fam« . Addren 7 for coming last Saturday Last Saturday was, of course, the day we unveiled a revolutionary tractor . . . the John Deere "60". We appreciate your interest in coming to see it—we know you were pleased with the remarkable n«w improvements. The "60" which replaces the old familiar name "John Deere A" has » companion tractor, the "50" which takes the place of the "R" tractor. As yet we have not received n "50" but will be happy to notify you when one arrives. Again . . . our sincere thanks to all of you for making our celebration such a success! HERE IS THE LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS: Attendance Prizes Awarded at Our Showing Saturday: Paint Job—C. D. Long Grease Gun—Lewis Dixon Tractor Tire—Jessie Widner 25 Ibs. Grease—Bill Mcl.emore Miniature Tractor — Rudy Walton, W. E. Young, T. B. O'Keefe, Ted Fisher, J. W. Williamson See The New John Deere "60" Now On Display ! Missco Your JOHN DEERE Dealer In Blytnevlll«

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