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November 27, 1953

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

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TWELVE BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER flT, 1M| REVIEW "•> FORECAST Too Many, Too Small Farms Are Problem AVERAGE SMALL FARMER — He ekes out a living from scant •ores like this and is a far cry from the farmer who runs a big, scientific- operation and rarely gets his hands on a plow. MUTUAL SELECTIVE FUND STOCK FUND t*t proip»Kfw»*J and other information wrif* DIVERSIFIED SERVICES Minnuipolia 2, Minnesota Or fill out, dip and malt tf>* coupon talowi WILLIAM FARR1MOND P.O. Boj M BJylhovlllo, Ark. FUUNE I'M JPeAM MOU too prapcctus dwcntnnft trio u ...*««eiii compinr tf com* O 1WTMTOHI MUTUAL D IrlTBSTOmS SKLKCTIVE ru NAME ADOMiS orr _ _ZONE S7A1E FARMERS NOW IS THE TIME TO HAVE YOUR COTTON SEED DELINK ED AND CERESAN M TREATED Blytheville Delinting Co. South Highway 61 By DOUGLAS LARSEN NKA Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON - (NBA)—Too many American farms are too small, Tills could IK one of the roots of the administration's farm troubles. Since 1920 the trend has been toward larger farms. But a recent study by the Department of Agriculture indicates that it probably has not been fast enough. In 1920 the average .size of the American farm was 148 acres. Today it's 216 acres. Averages like this don't really tell the story, however, because farms vary greatly in most economic size depending upon what, they produce. The most revealing figure from the DOA study shows that one- half of all the country's farm manpower is employed on small, low- production farms. These farms have about one-fifth of the total land resources yet produce one-tenth of the farm products grown for sale. The big, mechanized, scientifically-run farm is the one that make the big money. The average of these has 565.5 acres actually producing $56,085 worth of salable farm products per year. ^ The average commercial farm, including the big corporate type farms but excluding the residential farms, actually has 119 acres under cultivation which produce $5858 worth of salable crops per year; This means that the typical ver big farm gete $99 worth of crop from each acre, while the averag of all commercial farms is a littl less than half of that, or $49 wort from each acre. The report furnishes this partla explanation for the great differ ence: "Small, low-production cornmer cial farms are considerably less ef ficlent in use of resources thai large and medium commercla farms. The larger farms use great er amounts of capital per farm an per worker, but they use less labo and less capital per unit of out put. In general, the larger farm are more up-to-date in adoption o recent technological innovations." • • * The hlR. scientifically-run farm mostly produce beef, wheat am fruits and vegetables. The farme who runs one is actually a buslncs executive who rarely gets his ham on a plow. He studies market re ports, cost studies of his labor and keeps close watch on new develop ments in farm machinery. The fanner who l.s trying to eki out a living from his scant acre, is actually caught in the vise o a double trend in American agriculture. On one stele he's competing against the super-farmer. Am on the other side he finds himsei competing with the nmateur who has little to lose. Since 1920 there has been a 66 per cent Increase in the numbei of part-time and residential farms Thcso lands are owned and run b; persons who derive almost all o their- income from some other source. Products from these farms compete on the market with all othei agricultural produce, yet it is not a matter of vital concern to the proprietors whether prices are high or low. or whether there happens to be a drought. They keep Long-distance radio signals car be bounced off the ionized trails left by tiny meteorites high in the atmosphere. Discovery of this radio-wave reflecting layer maj double or triple the channels available for radio coimnunicnttons over thousnnd-mlle distances. Generally speaking, more pups are born in a dog's first three litters than in subsequent, ones. Next season, farming will go lots faster . . , lots easier if all the "horses" in your John Deere Tractor are hard al work. Lei us give your tractor a thorough hetween-season check-over now. You'll get the lop-notch performance you need during the season ahead. Our skilled mechanics, trained in servicing methods recommended by John Deere, will do only the work that's necessary— grind valves . . . adjust tappels, brakes, bearings ... tighten loose parts . . . clean the car- buretor and cooling system . . . give the engine a complete tune up. AH parts required will be replaced with only genuine John Deere parts; they fit right, work properly, last longer. Remember—our shop is the only shop in this community that oilers you the combination of Genuine John Deere parts, precision tools and trained mechanics. Let's make a service date the next time you're in town. MISSCO IMPLEMENT CO. S. Highway 61 Phon« 4434 on farming regardless. * • • The report advises that many of these small inefficient farmers "may do well to turn their places Into part-time farms and to accept part- time work on other farms or in nearby Industries." It also states, "some farmers may even find it better to leave farming and take jobs In town." Despite the small farm owners' bleak outlook, a DOA expert does not think there will be any quick drastic change in the situation. "Basic changes Uke place slowly In American agriculture," he says. "If a farmer doesn't make money one year he just takes in his belt a. few notches." Although the present trend to lower farm prices is putting a special squeeze on the small fellow, the agriculture spokesman says, it doesn't mean that the big fellows are going to get bigger. Lower prices are hurting them, too. There's no Indication that big, collective farms are the answer, either. The average American farmer is considered too independent for that to happen. At worst the very low producers will be slowly squeezed off their farms and the rather slow trend toward bigness will continue, slowly and over a long period. Missourians • *n ^ inq 21.3 Million Acres That's Amount MCPA Favors Under Controls Mldsouth cotton producers »re unwilling to give up more acres to the Par West than provided in the Anderson-Eastland compromise proposal, Hilton Bracey, chairman of the Midsouth Cotton Producers Committee, said here Sunday. Bracey is also the executive head of the'Missouri Cotton Producers Association. His statement for the group representing fnrm organizations in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee. Mississippi and Louisiana followed the rejection of the compromise by the westerners at a meeting at Fort Worth Friday. Rise To 21,315,000 Acres The plan, proposed by Senator Clinton Anderson (D., N. M.) and Senator James O- Eastland (D., Miss.), provided for legislation which would have increased 1953 acreage allotments from 11,910.448 acres to 21,315,000 acres. The west, In rejecting the compromise, Insisted it receive an additional 120,000 acres, which of course, would have to come out of plantings in the south and east. "There are seven major reasons why we will yield no further," Mr. Bracey said. He pointed out that the east and south had already agreed to proposals which would add 95.000 acres to the California plantings. "First, the proposal to give any further advantage to the west would help only a small minority of cotton growers," Mr. Bracey said. Farm Census Figures "According to the agricultural census figures of 1950 there were only 13,470 farms growing cotton in Arizona. California and New Mex- ico, while there were 1.W6.219 in the rest of the belt. "Second, the great expansion ol cotton acreage In the west In 1952 and 1953 was timulated by financial incentives and huge profits were made. , . "Third, the large expansion of the west in recent years has been aided by fast tax write-offs. In California alone more than 80 cotton gins and other cotton facilities were granted tax write-offs ranging from $23,000. to W50.000. "Fourth, arguments advanced that western cotton production Is more efficient than elsewhere are open to very serious question. Yield studies for California. Indicate that production on new acres put into cotton in 1952 averaged approximately 325 pounds. In contrast, the Introduction of im- BUY QNLV GENUINE\m DEERE PARTS -THEY FIT AND WEAR LIKE THE ORIGINALS! EXPECTED TEMPERATURES Below nonm.1 Urtptmtorwmre expected well ol the Contlntnttl Divide ind in west Oxa*. In *reu not specified new-norm*! tempermtiires we Indicated. HEAVY 'W ( [ MODERATE EXPECTED- PRECIPITATION Excessive r»ln Is Indicated for most of the country, except In the south Atlantic and northern plateau states where nbnonnal amounts are .expcct-wl. RAIN EXPECTED — The weather maps below give you the U. S. Weather Bureau's long range forecast for the rest of November and the first half of December. It is not a specific forecast in the usual sense but it is an estimate of the average rain or snowfall and temperatures for the period. LIQUID PETROLEUM ECONOMY WITH THE WORK OUTPUT OF GASOLINE MASSE Y- HARRIS The Massey-Harris 44 L.P. is custom designed and factory built for efficient operation on L.P. fuel. And because it is built as a complete L.P. unit, the 44 LP gives you the same high-power rating a* the 44 Gai—the same belt and,drawbdr efficiency. In addition you get the economy of operating on low- cost fuel, and the low engine upkeep that results from the use of clean-burning, Mgh-octan* L.P. Ailr for a dBmonirrotlen of tfi« 44 l.f, ... ft) ui ihow jrow Hit Tractor (hat fiVti you fewer optrotfnf e»iri •r»«' minimum pew.r In til c/ail. 61 Implement Co. North Highway 61 Phon. 2142 One! Info! Quick! i. SNAP-COUPLER Allis-Chalmers announces the handiest system ever devised for hitching tractor- mounted implements. It's the SNAP-COUPLER! Here's how it" works. Just back your tractor. A funnel-shaped cone guides the implement tongue into the single hitchpoint. Snap... it latches! Close the two lift-arm spring couplings and drive away! Gaod rt.wi for WD Tractor own.ri — th« SNAP-COUPLER is also available for all WD Tractors in service. Ask us about the conversion kit. ..POWER-SHIFT WHEELS Quick-hitch alone is not the whola story. It's quick everything! Engine power spaces rear tractor wheels. Match wheel spacing exactly to rows, furrows, swath or tillage tool width. Attach implements and space wheels ... one! two! QUICK 1 Let us show you Allis-Ghalmeni Quick-Change Farming. Tune in Paul Byrum Implement Co. 118 E. Main Phone 4404 proved production practice* h»i caused rapid gains in yields In the long established cotton ares*. Transfers Hardship "Fifth, a cotton acre is ju«t u important, relatively, to the economy of the mldsouth and thi southeast as in the far west. Tr»n«- fer of an acre from east to west also transfers the hardship entailed from west to east. "Sixth, likewise, our problem in dealing with diverted acreage and underemployed people are equal!} See MISSOimiAN'S on P»fe 13 Well, not exactly-just a new face on the old one but what a difference it makes - and how little it costs. Certain-teed BRICK-TEX SID. ING looks like brick even to th« mortar lines-and require! no maintenance. The first cost is the last. The colors stay fresh and because it's "Millerized"* this tiding gives greater protection and lasts longer. Ask your dealer to show you actual samples in various colors and blends. *C.rfoin.f«o"i own procsii of eompWs aiphalt latarotion. \Ve can show you Certain-lwii .roofs in Blytheville 30 years old. E. C. ROBINSON LUMBER CO. ' Friendly Building Servlc* Blytheville Ask About Our EMJ Credit Term* BlIltIK ../ • - VmiDiKis , J Certatn-teea ASPHALT ROOFING AND SIDING PRODUCTS 1 the tractor your neighbors will notice... Let us put a big new WD-45 Tractor on your farm. Your neighbors will marvel at the Work power of this new tractor. They won't believe their eyes when the WD-45 handles 3 bottoms fast — in your toughest field. POWER-CRATER engine and 4- gpeed Helical Gear transmission give that extra power you've always wanted ... a tractor that purrs through your harvest work . . . takes second- gear jobs in third. Smooth-operating TWO-CLUTCH power control lets you slow or stop the forward motion of the tractor permitting your harvesting machine to handle sudden overloads . . . without shifting gears! All this—plus SNAP-COUPLER, POWER-SHIFT wheels, automatic TRACTION BOOSTER and Traction Booster Indicator — at a price you can't match. Let us show you more work power . . . more modern features — the WD-45 Tractor on your farm. MICI ( fllUS-CHfllMERS ] Y" SA1IS AND StUVICt . 1 PAUL BYRUM IMPLEMENT CO. 52095" P.O.i. FACtoir with AM( font whaali $1110.00 wlrll M>iMM> rr.nl wriwk. 118 E. Main Phone 4404

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