Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 16, 1970 · Page 50
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 50

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, August 16, 1970
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Widespread epidemic of new plant disease threatens nation's corn crop 1fcx*Mb ^y •ati flnt«MK-Att o.Aafc»v&^A t_ _. j t_ _ „ j. _ .»_ * •.%*>• * . * .* ... .. .. ' ' '' • *^^ CITY Pfcwnfr, ta., At*. 11, IIM 8 ffct Artion* New Yorit times Service : WASHINGTON - A mas-" live epidemic of a new strain Of plant disease is sweeping 1ihe American Corn Belt with potentially devastating re- salts. Department of Agriculture Officials here have estimated that 10 per cent of the national corn crop will be destroyed by the disease, a new and m'ore virulent form of a fun-* gus called the southern lea! blight. These officials emphasized that the estimate was both preliminary and conservative and stated that crop losses could be much worse. Widely varying estimates by agricultural experts in the South and the Midwest have placed the damage at from 5 per cent to 50 per cent of the crop, although the latter estimate is regarded as almost certainly too high. Reports reaching the Department of Agriculture here said that every crop of field corn in the State of Illinois had become infected by the blight. Agriculture economists also have noted that corn figures have risen in price more than 10 per cent in the past two weeks in response to report of widespread damage to the feed grain crops. In the past si* weeks estimates of the 1070 corn crop have dropped from 4.8 billion bushels to 4.6 billion bushels. Obscuring the statistics is the fact that this is the growing season for corn, and it is almost impossible to determine the impact of the epidemic until the crop is harvested. The Corn Belt has been having cool, moist weather which accelerates the impact of the blight. If the weather turns hot and dry the impact of the blight could be blunted. George Timmons, a grain farmer in De Land, III., said of the blight, "We have it; we're concerned, but I don't think there's anything to do about it. It's like worrying about whether it's going to rain." Timmons explained in a telephone interview that it is possible to control the blight with chemicals sprayed from planes but added: "We can't afford it. Spraying is extremely expensive, and once you start you have to do it every seven days." Dr. H. Rex Thomas, director of the crops research division of the Agricultural Research Service of the Department of Agriculture said that senior officials of the Department of Agriculture are scheduled to meet here next week to assess the damage caused by the blight Thomas explained that the blight is one of several types that periodically have afflicted the corn crop but that this is a different strain of one of the common stypes. "When the blight gets on the leaves, they tarn brown and die, and we have received reports of large necrotic (dead) areas on the leaf surfaces," he said. Thomas added that the fungus has, for what apparently is th« first time, also appeared on the stalks and husks of the plants. This would mean that the amount of com available as food to livestock and poul- try would be reduced, hi addition to the stunting and death of plants. Almost all the corn grown in the united States is fed to dairy and beef cattle, hogs and poultry. Only a small percentage is eaten by humans. Dr. Thomas A. Hieronymus, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Illinois, noted that there is a "carryover" of corn at the end of the year. Because of this, he said, he did hot believe the fungus epidemic "would have an appreciable effect on the food supply unless things get a lot worse." Sells woman impaled on shift level- in wreck dies A Sells woman killed in a one-car crash 22 miles south of Ajo on Arizona 85 is the state's latest traffic victim, the Department of Public Safety reported. Officers identified her as Teresa Juan. 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And another point when you refrigerate your home you are building your equity, making it worth more now... and far more to you when you eventually sell it. And don't forget equipment is at a premium and equipment and labor prices are on the rise! So who should you have install your unit, well you'd want... A company with experience in the field, respected in the industry, milTJft?! kno * ltd ? e "I*- experience to do your job perfectly. OUY ISLBY has been in business in Mesa since 1987, has a big plant on 5 acres on W. Main St. with its own sheet metal shop, warehouse and so on. His Air Conditioning Consultants, Layout Engineers and Installers are highly trained, skilled experienced technicians. And when service is necessary his large crew of factory.tramed servicemen is among the tops in the field. So now you know about your contractor... 4. IS THERE DESIRABLE FINANCING? The Jsley Air Conditioning Consultants are equipped to give you the best terms, lowest monthly payments... all tailored to fit your particular budget needs. Our financing experts will place your contract with your favorite bank or savings i loan association... or pay cash if you wish and lower your cost! So pow you have the facts and we think you'll agree. YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO MAKE YOUR DECISION NOW SQ call Quy slay and have a consultant drop by and survey your home. No ob- Illation of course.., except to your comfort and poekttbook! 969-5571 LAST 2225 W. Main One Block West REFRIGERATION TRK,T°YMAU said in a telephone interview that the epidemic had caused a rise in the last two weeks In the price of corn to be delivered next December from $1.25 a bushel to $1.42% a bushel which he termed "quite a good-sized rise." 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