The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 28, 1967 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 28, 1967
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Biythevtne (Ark.) Courier News — Friday, Aprfl », 1MT — PiQ FARM NEWS Review and Forecast On Missco Farms By Keith Bilbrey. County Agent I need a bigger crying towel. | of arsenic herbicide* are ap- This weatder is just killing me,'pealing to their distributors and and the cotton that's in thej farmers to use these materials ground, too. |as recommended. They art too Have you ever thought about effective and too valuable to how much this spring has been like the one last year? If cotton yields end up as they did last year, we'll all have to go! People in town who listen to farmers think that almost all farmers are pessimists I think they are real Optimists, otherwise they would not farm. But regardless of the outcome of this present cold spring, with 80 percent of our cotton planted, we still have plenty of time to-replant if necessary. When there is no labor for chopping, and morningglories are growing faster than cotton, a few farmers are inclined to spray directly over the cotton with one of tiie arsenic materials, DSMA or MSMA. We are asked to discourage this, even though some farmers have been successful with it. It will not kill cotton, that is true. But research shows ftat applying arsenicals directly over the cotton will reduce yields some. Also, the Federal government has not yet given approval for direct overhead spraying because of the danger that cotton might absorb enough arsenic for it to become a residue in the seed. I understand manufacturers farmers for the Federal government to restrict or prevent then- use. The arsenics can still be used in cotton weed control work and in many cases should be. Attach spray nozzles in such a way ttiat the material will be sprayed sideways and underneath the cotton buds, from each side of the row. Cotton farmers might like 'to know all of the research studies that are being conducted on the Northeast Branch Experiment Station at Reiser this year. The twenty-three different research plots are as follows: 1) Saturation irrigation test 2) Row bed height and shape studies 3) Mechanical and chemical weed control 4) Phosphote studies 5) New stripper strain test 6) Seed increase and improvement 7) Rotation and fertilizer study at Nodena. 8) Harvest test (open toll vs. stripper). Maloch Says By a V. Maloeta County Agent Many factor* «f* involved in farm operat6f* and «t ft *rs. 9) Alternate gin machinery test 10) Ginning moisture tset 11) Lint cleaner test 12) Interaction effect of pesti- Soil Stewardship Observances Set Soil Stewardship Week will be of God's earth calls for a spe- developing an educational program for commercial farmers in any county. This is especially true in Mississippi Coun- ly where row crop farming has been developed to such a high degree. One of the essential factors Is tied up in the willingness of Hie farm operators and agri-busi- ness leaders to assist and cooperate in the planning process where it is so essential to the development Of an agricultural economy. A second important factor lies in the area of the Agricultural Extension Service staff and their ability to secure the cooperation and participation of the people in the county. Throughout the 55 years of county agent work in Mississippi Cbunty, the agents have enjoyed a high degree of confidence from the farmers and other leaders. Only a limited number of agents have served South Mississippi County. The work was started here by the late George B. Hebran in 1912-14. He was followed by E. Howard from 1914-1918; D. Carpenter from 1918 to 934; Hudson Wren in 1934-35; oe Walker in 1935 : 37; E. H. urns from 1937 to 1943; and D. . Maloch from 1943 to the pres- nt. . * * + Th* county was divided in 918 with county agents placed i both North and South Mis- issippi County. From the stand oint of home demonstration gent work, the county was di ided in 1939 wit*) Inez Kincaid ne first horn* demonstration gent to serve South Mississippi ;ounty. During the period from 1912 Jirough 1967, there have been many farm leaders who were nstrumental in developing r ood educational program, the observed April 30 through May 7, according to Hudson Wren, chairman of Mississippi County Soil an Water Conservation District. "This makes 13 years that soil conservation districts have called upon the public to consider the moral responsibility of caring for our natural resources," Wren said in making this announcement. "The Soil Stewardship emphasis this year will be to help the public understand the tremendous responsibility that has been placed on the private landowners of America," he added. "The stewardship of a piece Week. cial sense of service. The landowner knows that the responsibility entrusted in him . is unique ... The polluted stream or a junk-yard affects every citizen, and it is a major error to place all the resource problems of the countryside on agriculture. "We especially want people to understand how conservation farmers, practicing good stewardship, are performing a special service to their fellow man." The local Soil Conservation Service office will provide literature and assistance to individual ministers and churches in observing Soil Stewardship seethe NEW ».5Q3 [INTERNATIONAL self-propelled combine." r T BIG, TOUGH, RUGGED CHAMPION of big fields, h«ovy yields • 12, 14, 16, It, •rlO-ftwt • lOMip Migin* clutch for p»iitlv* Mittroltf Mparofordrln • T13-ln.rtf aw r*«k» • 70-bu grain tank com* in today! 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PO 8-6863 ides on cotton 13) Pre-harvest n stripper cotton. preparation 14) Commercial variety tesl t Reiser, Nodena, and Manila 15) Stripper variety test 16) New strains test 17) Lupine and cotton rbta- ion study, at Manila 18) Planter type and seed ype test 19) Seed treatment and feed quality test 20) Lime • boron test at Manila 21) Cotton seed fungicide reatment 22) New chemical study at Manila. 23) Gin stand vs. non ttand stripper cotton. These leaders have not only participated in the educational activities, but they have carried ml many result demonstrations hat aided in the development if a sound agricultural program or the area. Accomplishments have been many and ttie volunteer leadership is to be given a lot of iraise for the progress that has icen made in this county. » * * Each year there have been ome noteworthy accomplishments, but a few things stand iut as marks of progress. Some of the accomplishments are listed below: (1) The earlier agents assisted farmers with such result- and-method demonstrations as vaccination to control hog cholera. This practice was very ifactical and necessary in the leriod from 1912 to 1947, but it of minor Importance today because farmers now raise very lew hogs in Mississippi County. (2) The 4-H Club program, which has enrolled thousands over the 55-year period. JMany of the club members have had outstanding accomplishments and have developed into excellent community leaders, farmers, hbmemakers, doctors, educators, etc. Many .former 4-H members received training in conducting meetings as officers of local clubs. Also, each year from four to seven club members serve as county council officers. This training has meant much to many 4-Hers in their steps to becoming useful citizens, community and state leaders, many years, was conducted In the schools as an extra-curricular activity. Recently the program has been organized into community clubs. Because of limited community or club leaders the number of active 4-H Club members has declines; but the number 6f community 4-H club leaders has increased. * . * * The Extension Service has reached its peaks of service whenever the farmers and other rural areas were confronted with great problems or near ca. amities. In fact, the service was established to help prevent ihe spread, and aid In the control, of the boll weevil. This function still plays a major role tatlons IB food production and storage. (3) In Arkiiuii and ftrough- oul the nation the Extension Service was called upon to help develbp electrification systems "for the rural areas of America. This service has spread from a very limited number 6f rural areas served with electric current in the mid 1930s to about 98 per cent of the rural population today. Robertson Completes SCS Study Nelson W, Robertson, Blytheville work unit cftnservationist, recently completed an intensive management course at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's South Regional Training Center in Fort W6rth. Of the 24 conservationist* who attended, four were frtm Arkansas. In addition to Robertson, present were C. A. Reeder, Perryville; W. C. O'Neal, Malvern; and J. E. Helm, Prescott. Other conservationists came from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. The objective of the confer ence is to strengthen the man agerial abilities of leaders of SCS conservation programs, according to Walter E. Chessmore director of training. The twice - yearly cAnfcrence draws its faculty from government, industry, colleges and universities. in extension work throughout the United States insect control, and now with the protection o: the public by recommending only the chemicals that have been approved by USDA and the Pure Food and Drug Administration for the control of infes- Prompt Use of Chemicals Might Save Chinese Elm Bad Weather Slows Crops LITTLE ROCK — Planting made fair to good progress dur ing the week despite interruptions from wet fields. Progress of seeding to date is well aheac of last year. Cool nights have been unfavorable for seed ger mination and crops just up. Soi moisture is adequate in mos areas and development of pas tures and small grain crops is rapid. Approximately one - third c the total intended acreage o cotton has been planted ani many fields are up to a stand Much additional planting will be done in late April if condition permit. Cool temperatures hav already resulted in the appear ance of seedling disease in number of counties. Warme weather is needed to contro this problem. A sizable acreage of s a r 1 soybeans has been planted i Let Tenoran'kill the weeds inyouryoung soybeans. In about 10 days, clean beans. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE—Hudson Wren, left, chairman of the Mississippi County Soil and Water Conservation District, presents a distinguished service plaque to J. N. Smotherman of Blythevllle for his contributions to the successful work of the district. Similarly honored were Wm. H. Wyatl, Lawrence Wood; ard and Stanley Carpenter. All four men are • former supervisors of the district, which was organized in 1955. By VASURE GIBSON Aisoclate County Extension Agent North Mississippi County Shade trees are of great value n any property, and they hould be protected at all times. Tie Chinese Elm Is a common shade tree in North Mis- issippi County and is heavily amaged each year by the elm- eaf beetle. The elm leaf beetle winters n houses, barns and other pro- tfississippi County but only limited seeding of this crop is reported in other producing areas. However, much land has >een prepared and planting will get in full swing once farmers ;et their cotton and rice acreage in. Rains in recent weeks have materially improved the produc- ion outlook for small grains al- hough damage from disease is widespread and this may limit yields. Wheat and oats are nead- ng out rapidly. tected places. They are yellowish to dull green with a black stripe on the wings and a black spot on the thorax. They come out in April as the elm trees leaf out. Orange-yellow eggs for the first generation arc laid in clusters on (he underside of leaves about the time leaves reach full growth. There are several generations a year, but the first generation is responsible for most of the damage. The tiny larvae, or worms, feed on the lower leaf surface. They are yellowwith black spots and are one-half inch worm leaves the veins of the leaf bearing a lacy appearance. The damaged leaves usually shed. Defoliation may occur several limes during the year as three to four generations of elm-leaf beetle occur. To protect elm trees the first generation of elm leaf beetle should be controlled. If a good job of spraying is done, one application may be sufficient. Check elm trees, looking for-the yellowish, orange - colored eggs If the tree is infested, make the spray application when the [irst eggs hatch or about .the lime leaves are full size. Material recomended for controlling elm leaf beetle are DDT, used at the rate of one pound actual, or Sevin at one pound actual to 100 gallons .of water. For small jobs, use Sevin=80 percent w.p., at two tablespoons per gallon of water. If 50 percent w.p., use three tablespoons per gallon of water. DDT, use two tablespoons per gallon of water if 25 percent E.C., or.,jf 50 percent w.p., two tablespoon's per gallon of water. To get necessary control, cover the trees thoroughly with-the spray. The famous Evzones -of Greece wear kilts which some| times contain more than 40 i yards of material. Tenoran kills the troublesome bro»dlea£ weeds that come through most weed killer*. And Tenoran can be applied early to soybean* —in their true leaf stage. You see your Hand of beans before you kill the weeds. This makes Tenoran the best early postemergence weed- killer and the modern way to weed beam. 'When weeds come into your beans, hit them before they're 2-inches high. Weeds do their worst damage then. Tenoran does its best job then. In about 10 days you'll have dead weeds and clean beans — a profitable combination. Call your dealer for /-» T 15 A Tenoran Herbicide. C I JD A FARMERS SOYBEAN CORPORATION Hutson & No. Broadway TH[ HOMt Of SUDDEN SMVfCf Ph. PO 3-8191 REMEMBER ! AS! YEAR'S WEATHER? Use Treflan®... the weatherproof soybean weed kilter. It stays put to kill grass and weeds even when it's too wet to cultivate. COMPLETE WEED CONTROL SERVICE Including machinery, chemicals, parts, experience and nurse tanks. GET YOUR TREFLAN FROM: HARDY SALES & SERVICE I 705 Cleat- Lake Ave. Ph. PO 3-6978

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