The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 28, 1954 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 28, 1954
Page 8
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PAGC EIGHT BUfTHETILLB '(ARK.) OUTJKfEK IfEWf FRIDAY, MAT 38, REVIEW •"• FORECAST Missco Residents Reporting Tree Damage from the Borer By H. H. CARTER, Assistant County Agent Many people were distressed last summer by damaging infestations of borers in their fhtde trees The exuding of sap from many different places about the trunk of young shade trees and the resulting attraction of ants, wasps, and various beetles was a common sight. The insect doing the damage was i in cracks in the bark of trees from * " May to August. The larva (oorer) which hatches from the egg is a yellowish-white color with a broad flat enlarge- borer, one of the of deciduous trees the flatheaded worst enemies and shrubs. The flatheaded borer is especial- .,•!».,,««, ly destructive during the first two ment of the body just back of the or fcree years after the trees are head. planted, and in very dry seasons. ( It usually lies with the body Nearly all fruit, woodland and curved to one side. •hade trees are attacked. Life History The adult beetles lay their eggs The young borer makes a shallow, broad, irregular burrow just underneath the bark, and as it rrr.Q TAKE A BEATING—Above Newsmap shows regional egg production m the U.'s* during 1953. The west north central region was the onlv one which had an excess, (899 million dozen) and their excess production was made available to other regjons of the country. The largest deficit (280 million dozen) was in the Southeast region. Data from U. S. Department of Agriculture. Missouri Agents Receive Awards for Superior Service *.-.". " if COLUMBIA, Mo.—Three Univer- Counties, and as a state extension aity of Missouri agricultural exten- the three attending at Washington. aion. service workers honored this morning in a ceremony held ton the Washington Monument grounds in Washington, D. C- They received the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Superior Service Award. The -awards were presented by Secretary of Agriculture Ezra T. Benson. The three are Miss Helen Morse, Case County home agent, Harrisonville; Parker Rodgers, Lafayette County extension agent, Higginsville; and E. S. Matteson. extension livestock specialist, Columbia. Miss Morse is the sister of True Morse, Under Secretary of Agriculture. She was cited for outstanding leadership in assisting rural families to adopt sound practices that increased net income and made possible better family living and more useful, happy lives. Rodgers was cited for outstanding success in directing a program of balanced fanning thereby greatly increasing net farm income, making for beter family living, and providing greater security on the land. He was born at Bellflower. Missouri, and graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1927. Rodgers has been county agent of Lafayette County since 1947. He previously served as agent in Carter, Reynolds, Morgan, and Pettis j small harvest of oranges. agent. Matteson's citation was for outstanding success in assisting farmers to improve and to receive better prices for their hogs and beef cattle . . . and to fit the livestock enterprise- into Missouri's balanced fanning system. Miss Morse was the only one of the ceremony New-Found Friend SAN DIEGO, Calif. (/P) — Mabel Whitsitt's hat shop was spic and span and ready for the first customer. When the door was opened a big Dalmation dog slipped inside snatched a stuffed poodle from the show window and then made his getaway. Startled clerks followed him for half a block but quit the chase when the ( Dalmation had placed the poodle gently beside a. tree and turned to defend his fuzzy friend against any attackers. New England Oranges Dover, N. H. (-P)—Charles Secus, a barber undismayed by New England's cold climate, raised an orange tree in the window of his shop and is looking forward to a MAKE YOUR OWN RAI N SPRINKLING IS GOOD CROP INSURANCE because it makes H po*. ribU for yov to irrigate when and wHert you netd to, THi A-M SYSTEM givtt you many exclusiv* patented lea- moan* fatttr, easier, foolproof coupling and «w Evtry valve, coupling and fitting is made of the IM* aoy... YET A-M SYSTEMS COST NO MORE! CeH w f*r • R«i Mtiowfe t* • complete tprintlt* intUllattM. Dealers Wanted! A-M-SPRINKLER IRRIGATION SYSTEMS McKINNON'S Irrigation Equipment Co. Merita, Aik. Phone 111 grows larger bores into the wood of the tree a distance of an inch or two. The bark above the burrow dies and sap often exudes from the area. The winter is passed by the borer in these burrows. Overwintering borers are usually l / s to l J / 4 inches in length. In the spring they change to pupae and later to beetles which emerge and begin laying eggs Thus, the life cycle occupies one year., ""Control Measures Nearly all damage by this insect may be prevented by wrapping the trunks of the trees the first year they are set. Wrapping should be done before May and should extend from the ground level to the lower branches. Any good grade of paper,- even several thicknesses of old newspapers, may be used. Although late, wrapping of young trees now would be worthwhile, especially where the tree was weakened from a heavy infestation last year. Fertilizing and Watering: Valuable Keeping young shade trees in a healthy, vigorous condition by proper fertilization and watering will help reduce flatheaded borer damage in two ways. First, the female beetle prefers to lay her eggs .on a tree that is unhealthy. Second, a vigorous growing tree can better 'survive borer infestation. A 12-12-12 is a suitable grade of commercial fertilizer for shade trees in North Mississippi County. A safe docage is two pounds of fertilizer for each inch in diameter of the trunk. The fertilizer should be applied in the spring about the time growth begins. However, it can be applied safely until about the middle of summer. , The above dosage of fertilizer should be reduced by about half where late applications are made. It is advisable to put the fertilizer into the ground to a depth of 15 to 24 inches to encourage deeper root growth. This can be done by making soil borings of small diameter about 3 feet apart in the root zone of the tree. The root zone usually extends to about 3 feet beyond the spread of the tree's branches. These holes should be filled with water after the fertilizer is placed in them. Young shade trees in the process of establishment should certainly DC watered during droughty periods. Deep and thorough watering every one to two weeks is much better than more shallow and frequent watering. Weather And Crop Bulletin (Compiled by cooperative efforts of USDA, Extension Service, Department of Commerce and University of Arkansas College of Agriculture.) The weather was cool throughout the week, only the 24th showing daily mean temperature above normal. The mean temperature for the week, as determined from the reo ords of 20 stations, was 67 degrees which is 6 degrees below normal. The highest weekly mean was 69 degrees at Stuttgart and Texarkana, the lowest, 63 degrees, at Gilbert and jFayetteville. The highest temperature recorded was 90 degrees at Camden and Newport on the 24th, the lowest, 36 degrees at Gilbert on the 20th and 21st. The average rainfall, for 14 stations, was 0.23 inch. The greatest weekly total was 1.67 inches at Texarkana, while 9 stations had no rain. Moisture supply continues adequate to excessive except, in the northern third of the State where some areas would benefit from a good shower. It was too wet for field work during mo*t. of the week in many southern counties. Rice and soybeans are progressing satisfactorily but it was too cool most of the week for cotton. Warm, sunny weather, and warm nights in particular, are much needed in most areas. Pastures are in excellent condition and cattle are doing well. Old COTTON is making poor growth due to cool, wet weather and is recovering slowly from early May frost damage. Most replanting has been done, except in some localities where it was delayed by wet soils- Many replanted fields are up to good stands but growing slowly. A few fields had to be planted three times. A week of sunshine and warm nights would be a great boon to the crop. Most early COEN is planted, except in a few areas, and some fields in South Arkansas have been "laid by-" Recovery from the early May frosts continues but it has been too cool for good growth. GRAIN SORGHUMS are being planted. LESPEDEZA meadows are progressing satisfactorily. Most first cuttings of ALFALFA HAY have been made in northern counties and harvest of this hay crop, small GRAIN hay and other early hay crops continue as weather conditions permit. A considerable tonnage of alfalfa and OATS has been put into silos. Fall sown OATS are maturing rapidly and gdJod yields are expected in most counties. Spring oats are doing well and WINTER WHEAT prospects are generally promising. The RICE crop made marked improvement during the week and fields which were yellow are turning green. Stands are good for the New Soils Laboratory Will Serve Missco rAYEnTEVTLLE — The University of Arkansas' new soil-testing laboratory in Marianna — scheduled to be dedicated on June 10 — will serve 26 counties in eastern Arkansas, Dean and Director Lippert S. Ellis announced today. The general public has been invited to the dedication, which will feature an inspection of the laboratory in operation, a tour of the Cotton Branch Experiment Station research plots, and addresses by Assistant Secretary of Agriculture J. Earl Colce and Governor Francis Cherry. The new Eastern Arkansas Branch Soil-Testing and Research Laboratory will serve farmers in the following counties: Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence. Lee Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Francis, White, and Woodruff. The remaining 49 counties will continue to be served by the,main laboratory at Fayetteville. Soil testing is a means of determining the needs of a particular soil for maximum production. These needs may include fertilizers, lime, and organic matter. This is a free service to Arkansas farmers, who obtain this service by contacting their local county agent. The new laboratory was made possible by the last legislature, which increased the tonnage tax on most part and little replanting was necessary because of the early May frosts. In the southern part of Arkansas County fields are being drained in preparation for top-dressing. SOYBEANS continue to make excellent progress in all areas. There is a considerable acreage still to be planted in some east central areas. PEACHES continue to make satisfactory progress. The fruit is relatively clean and although the crop will be short, particularly the Elbertas, peaches are expected to be of good size. STRAWBERRY harvest is virtually complete in all areas. New beds are putting on runners and looking good. BOYSENBERRY harvest is about to get underway. Replanting of CUCUMBERS is virtually complete and some are up to a stand. Poor stands of SNAP BEANS are reported in Washington County. Some WATERMELONS are up in South Arkansas. Staking and pruning of TOMATOES is well along in South Arkansas. Prospects continue fairly promising. PASTURES are doing exceptionally well, although showers would be helpful in some northern counties. CATTLE continue' to make excellent gains. FARM LABOR is still generally adequate but additional cotton choppers will be needed soon. Mexican labor is arriving. You'll get more than ever before off the last 10%... the PROFITABLE 10% «i'H-NEWMcCormickl4l Exclusive IH opposed-action double- shake cleaning prevents grain waste due to straw "bridging" between chaffer and shoe sieve. Positive agitation and controlled air blast save more grain—get it seed clean! 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