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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 3

Des Moines, Iowa
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Tuesday, July 29, 1969
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You Find It--Or Create It Fun is where you find it — or create it, as David Wineinger does Monday at Witmer Park wading- pool, Thirty-fourth street and Witmer DR. HAROLD GUNCERSON Armyworms Iniest Crops Across Iowa By Don Muhm (The Register's Farm Editor) One of the heaviest infestations of armyworms in years has caused economic damage to Iowa's already i troubled crop prospects, Dr. Harold Gunderson, Iowa State University extension | entomol o g i s t said Monday. In some fields, oats yields may have been reduced from two to 10 bushels per acre, Dr. Gunderson estimated. In some cornfields, the armyworms have clipped off the lower leaves of the plant which can affect yields. "We had a report from the Davenport area where bottom leaves on corn plants were chewed off right up to the ear setting," Dr. Gunderson said. "In the Sanborn area we had a report where the bottom four leaves of corn plants had been chewed off by the armyworms. A corn plant only has 16 leaves, and this loss represents 25 per cent of the leaves. "Our (I.S.U.) agronomists tell us that a loss of 50 per cent of a corn plant's leaves can cause a 25 per cent to 30 per cent reduction in corn yields." The armyworm invasion appears to be pretty general across the state, although reports indicate heavy in festations in scattered regions Dr. Gunderson points out that the infestation is related tc ideal conditions which existed when the first brood of this rather common pest laid its eggs- Armyworms are green to greenish-brown in color and have an inverted "Y" marking top of head. Across Iowa In bromegrass and oats fields, Dr. Gunderson said an average of 25 to 30 of the chewing worms is found per square foot across much of Iowa. "At this level of infestation, they cause economic damage to crops," he added. The reports of corn leaf damage indicate that what "fairly serious losses" in prospective yields may have been caused by the armyworm invasion, Dr. Gun- dcrson said. Many farmers are spraying to control the armyworms, using products like Sevin, malathion, Diazinon, t o x a p h e n e, parathion and a product called "'E.P.M." Check Fields "We are advising each farm er to check his fields to see the stage of growth of the armyworm," Dr. Gunderson said. "If a high percentage of the worms are one inch in length, this means they are harder to kill and about ready to pupate | which is when the crop damage stops." A check in Story County Monday indicated that three- foqrths 6t the armyworms were one inch in size, or longer. "When they are that big, a farmer doesn't gain anythng by spraying the armyworms, because they will disappear naturally through pupation." The pest is only one of the most recent problems encoun- tered by the already-troubled Iowa farmer, He has seen his plantings delayed by rains, which were followed by more rains, flooding in some areas, and hail and high winds. Crop conditions are difficult to describe in general terms. The Iowa Crop and Livestock Reporting Services has been jortraying Iowa crop prospects as ranging from "very poor, to excellent" across the state. Other Insects About other ' common Iowa crop insects. Dr. Gunderson reported : Corn rootworm — numbers are lower, than anticipated, and late-planted corn means the beetles will spread out because a lot of corn silks will be available for their appetites. Currently, specialists do not foresee any great injury to the corn crop because of the corn root- worm beetles. Corn borer — Sixty-one checks across Iowa in mid-July indicated that 25.5 per cent of the plants were infested by this common but costly pest. An average of 40.6 borers 100 plants was found, compared to the 1968 summer survey which found 22 per cent of the plants infested and an average of 26.6 borers per 100 plants. However, the second brood of borers 'last year found ideal conditions prevailing and became the largest infestation since 1956 and caused a estimated loss to Iowa's corn crop of $51 million. Seek Bids on School Addition The West Des Moines Board of Education will open bids on an addition to Crestview Elementary School Aug. 21 at 8 i.m. in the Clover Hills Elementary School auditorium. The board approved final architects' drawings for the addition at its meeting Monday and ;et early 1970 as.the tentative completion date for the addition. The building, which is estimated to cost $102,500, will house a multi-purpose room, a receiving room where lunches can be served and a storage room. An enclosed ramp will connect the addition to the present structure. Architects for the addition are Smith-Voorhees-Jensen. The $102,500 figure does not include architects' fees and cost for construction of a parking area. DELAY ACTION ON TRAIN RUNS The ultimate status of the last two passenger trains running north and south in Iowa remained uncertain Monday. But the trains themselves weren't running. They made their last runs Friday. The Rock Island Lines trains parkway. David, 12, son of Mrs. Ruth Wineinjrer, 1722 Harding road, directs a spray of water at his playmates from a pipe filling the.pool. Then David . .. 1970 Budget Approvedior City Assessor By Jerry Knight The Polk County Conference Board Monday approved a $549,851 budget for the Des Moines City Assessor's office for 1970, but delayed a decision on selection 7 of an appraisal firm to revalue all the property in Des Moines. The selection of the appraiser was delayed after the low bidder on the work failed to include a certified check along with his bid, as required in the specifications. REGISTER PHOTOS BY GEORGE CCOLLA . . . an ingenious lad, discovers he can make the goes In .show the heights to which a boy's imagina- spray go farther by hacking into the outlet - also (ion will soar when no one (meaning a parent or creating a delightful sunburst effect — which only oilier grownup) is bugging him to do a thing. LIST GOALS OF N,A,A,C,P, running the Plainsman route from Minneapolis to Kansas City were unprofitable, the company said, and were cancelled in accordance with a July 16 ruling of the Interstate Commerce Commission. The Iowa Commerce Commission and the Minnesota Public Service Commission are fighting the discontinuance. 1 No Reply Iowa Commerce Commissioner Dick Witt said Monday the commission has not received a reply from the Interstate Commerce Commission on his commission's request for an investigation of the case. In Minnesota, the Public Service Commission was waiting for a special three- judge federal court panel to be appointed to hear its suit in the case. The Minnesota commission has asked for a court order forcing the Interstate Com merce Commission to fully investigate the reasons for the discontinuance of the two trains. Expected Action Iowa officials had expected some action in the Minnesota siut Monday, Witt said, bujf spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis said no hearing on the case could be held until judges from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were empaneled — probably in August. A source high in the Iowa Commerce Commission suggested that it may be too late for" the Interstate' Commerce Commission to reverse its decision. He said the commission had received numerous complaints from private citizens and city officials about the halting of the Plainsman route trains. The trains made Iowa stop; in Manly, Mason City, Iowa City Assessor Andrew Regis said a committee of the Conference Board will meet Wednesday* to decide how to proceed with selection of an appraisal firm. A two-year job, the revaluation will include reassessment of all property in the city, with the new values to be used to figure taxes due in 1974, saic Regis. The Conference Board — representing the Des Moines City Council, the Polk County Board of Supervisors and the Polk County Board of Education — agreed unanimously to Regis' proposed budget for running his office next year. The budget includes $200,000 as the 1969 share of the reva luation project and a "usual' operating budget of $349,851 for he year, up from $325,540 this vear? Regis said bids on the reva [uation work ranged from S393.500 by National Valuation Service Co. of Cleveland, Ohio o $643,900 by the J.M. Clemin Falls, Des Moines, and Alletron. Chariton K.C. Iron Workers' Pact: $9.05 an Hoit KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) Kansas City members of .the Iron Workers Union approved overwhelmingly Monday night a new three-year contract which calls for them to receive $9.05 hourly in wages. Approval of the contract brought to an end a. 119-day strike of the Iron Workers. shaw Co., also of Cleveland. Regis said the National Valuation Service figure was almost $100,000 below the next low bid, but failed to include the check which is to be sent along with the bid to insure that the firm will do the work if its bid is accepted. Rejection of the low bi would leave fiVe other apprais al firms with bids of betwee $487,000 and $498,500 and tw others much higher. When several of the bidders are that close, Regis said, the Conference Board will probably chose among them on the basis of their "experience, financial capability and reliability." $2,500 Earrings Reported Missing A pair of emerald earrings worth about $2,500 was reported Moines branch of i missing Monday, police said. Martha .1. Badger of 1800 Walrous avc. described the earrings as square emeralds set in platinum, with 12 diamonds set around each emerald. She told officers she may lave lost them while she was swimming at a local motel about two weeks ago. Asserts Intent of Police Is 'to Degrade, Debase 9 The DCS the National Association for the dvancement of Colored People N.A.A.C.P.) pencd ils 19690 membership rive: Monday ,vith a review f goals sought or the black ommunity in tie coming 12 monlhs. John M. E s te s , jr., hairman, said JOHN M. ESTES, JR. hat despite a good beginning, 'in all honesty, we should not iave to bow down to remind certain people what a great job hey have done on our behalf. "These people should really ook and see that the black 3roblem is still here and the in ner city problems' are the same—economics, education, lousing and social," he said. He listed these objectives: 1. Work for basic right-to- work legislation. Z. Request of the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training a periodic report on the number of blacks placed by the agency during 1969-70. 3. Continue to oppose de facto segregation in schools and support the community busing program; work to upgrade individual schools. 4. Make a concerted effort to deal with inner-city problems in education, housing, employment and social conditions. 5. Continue a working relationship with the mayor's task force on housing in order to create a new city housing code. 6. Work through the mayor to create a rumor control center. 7. Continue efforts to promote better police-community relations; 8. Implement a realistic welfare program. The N.A.A.C.P. membership drive goal is 1,000, Estes said. FINED $259 ON 8 CHARGES By Louise Swartzwaldcr A 47-year-old Des Moines man was fined a total of $259 eight traffic charges Monday .by Municipal Court Judgd Luther T. Glanton, jr. William H. Yaw, of 6215 Vandalia road, was given until Sept. 5 to pay the fines. Several of the charges dated back to. December, 1968. Yaw was found guilty of the: following charges: Allowing an : unlicensed person to drive, | driving without an operator's li-1 cense, two charges of inadequate lights, failure to yield ! the right of way, driving a car! with inadequate brakes and a , noisy exhaust system, and driving a car on the tire rims. 2 Fined for Reckless Driving Two men pleaded guilty to reckless driving charges Monday before • Municipal Court Judge Luther T. Glanton, jr. Alan Robert Kirts, 23, of 2301 Hillside ave., West Des Moines, and Terry Lee Gustaveson, 23, of 7111 Garrison ave., were each fined $50. The two had been arrested | June 3 and charged with drag i racing by police who said the two were racing from Thirteenth to Eighteenth street Membership blacks. is not limited to CZECH 'PARASITES' PRAGUE, C Z E C HOSLpVA- KIA (A)—The Communist Party newspaper Rude Pravo says police brought in 4,227 Czechs in a nationwide raid against jobless "parasitic elements." Grand avenue - The dr , a S racing charges were amended to charges of reckless driving Monday by Glanton. POLICE- Continued from /Vi(/c OIK: tration of poll c e then'." said Woods. Put (in Kile The councilman called attention to "prominent" names on the petition, 'including "members of the Black Panther organization that causes a considerable amount of trouble in that area." Woods said many citizens won't travel on Univer- ! sity, where black youths con! gregate. ! The petition was placed on • file'with no further action. Police Chief Wendell Nichols has said he keeps four to six patrolmen walking beats in the University-Forest area but that when large crowds gather with "a likelihood of a disturbance," the number is boosted to 15. Nicholft said last week many residents of the area want the large force because they feel unsafe. Mrs. DcPatten said her account of "police brutality" occurred Apr. 13 after a Black Panther rally in Good Park resulted in several arrests and subsequent disquiet. She said two sons who became involved with the police had been playing pool and had no connection with the Panthers or the rally. In Front of Home She said the beating incident occurred in front of her home. She said one son, Clivc, 18, was treated at a hospital after the j incident. She said Clive and a brother, Hobart, jr., 21, were charged by police and later convicted. \ Mrs. DePatten said she also | was charged with unlawful I assembly, failure to disperse and ; a third violation, but Was found ; innocent in court. the guise or sham of protecting residents when in reality it is only to degrade and to debase." He spoke of police "gloating over their ability to contain the blacks by force" and suggested police overlook large concentrations of white youths in Greenwood Park, Koosevelt Shopping Center and other areas. ; "The police overplay the mis- 1 demeanors of the blacks and play down the while deviants who behave in like manner," .said DcPatten. He called for "consideration and understanding." Urges Center i Georgcne Mason, a Negro resi- ident of the area, said black ! adults should see that their chil- I dren are home late at night. She ; advocated a center for leaching crafts to young people. A while resident, Lawrence i Davis, expressed favor for extra : police concentration because of irock throwing and such hazards. Mayor. Thomas Urban said , differences over a local job- training program will be worked out at 10 a.m. today in City Hall. i At odds are officials of Concen| Irated Employment Program (CEP), a city-federal agency, land Grealer Opporlunilies (GO), •Inc., over the spending of some i$1.4 million in federal funds and I control of "outreach" work in 'Contacting job prospects. Every Night Is Family Night at the SILHOUETTE LETS MAKE EVERY SUNDAY MOTHERS DAY at The Silhouette Noon Lunches at popular prices Restaurant 5700 Douglas REST ASSURED DePatten's prepared statement charged police entered the Model City area "under . . . that you will be pleasod with our selection of- Traditional, Provincial, and Contemporary Bedroom groupings. We welcome your comparison. PROFESSIONAL DECORATOR SERVICE CARPET-DRAPERIES OPEN MON. 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