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August 11, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 3

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By Agricultural Scientist's AreaSaidGood ForBeanCrops By JAM NOGGLE TIMES Stall Writer The feasibility ot growing dry beans. in. Northwest Arkansas was 1 recently demonstrated to farmers, 'representatives of food processing companies and agriculture researchers by Dr. Dan Torhpkins, University of Arkan- sas'Horticultural food scientist at the agricultural Experiment Station. Tompkins showed visitors plots of -Kidney, navy, cranberry, pinlo, California pinks, dwarfihorticuHure varieties and other type's ot dry beans. Varieties of the beans were planted under both experimental ana regular; cultural conditions as well as in high populations with a grain drill. Arkansas food processors can 50,000 tons of dry. beans annually which have to be imported from other states and the state consumption of dry beans in 15-20 per cent above the national norm according to Tompkins. Tompkins stated it is a misconception' that all dry beans are grown in the arid west when large '· quantities are grown in Maine, New York and Michigan. . · ' · · : In 1972 T o m p k i n s started to r e s e a r c h growing dry. beans in this area and so far, the project has proven successful with high yield in experimental crops ol pinto, navy and kidney beans. NOT ECONOMICAL Another reason why dry Interview point nraniniiiiininiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiniiiiniiiinDiiiiiiiiininninii Several. Fayettevills. residents and out-of-town visitors in the · area offered their opinions on the Act 9 Bond issue for the $2 million expansion of Baldwin Piano and Organ Co. to be voted on Aug. 27. JAMES MEREDITH of 17 E. Dickson St. -- "I see no objection to the expansion. I think it would be good for the area if it provided more jobs." L Y N D A KORNEG A Y o Exwkville, Tex. -- "I like smal towns myself and when a larg plant comes in or expands : causes, a lot of friction wit smaller companies. It affect the people and the small tow atmosphere." beans were not grown in this area in the past is thai they were not as economically feasible as other craps for the farmer. But Tompkins said thai the farmer can expect a return of 1,080 pounds of beans pet acre which are now selling from 30-40 cents a pound. The 'going price for dry beans a short time ago was 10 cents a pound and dry beans were considered a poor man's food. A r e a processors, Walter Turnbow of Steele Canning Company in Springdale and Delbert Allen Jr of Allen Canning Company in Siloam Springs, have both been w o r k i n g with Tompkins' research project and expressed excitement at the prospect of having locally grown dry beans. Turnbow said that beans, which are an important crop to area canners, have been hard to get this past year with extreme- drought · conditions w h e r e they are grown and speculated that there could he problem this year. An example of how beans could be used as a rotating crop by area farmers was given by Turnbow who stated that early spring spinach could be off ii April, with dry beans planted and harvested in 90 days with spinach replanted in September Turnbow added, "There are many combinations which may be used and dry beans woul( help growers to diversify in cially grown dark red kidney jeans with very good results,' stated Allen who added that even for the prices of dry beans went up they had started in vestigaling them as a rotation crop. "I think as a processor, one of the biggest unseen adva" tages of area grown dry beans will help to keep our labor force year round. The new crop wil keep us in winter production,' explained Allen. HELP GROUND He also pointed out that dry beans planted as a rotation crop will build up and add nitroge to the ground. Dry beans grown in the area would probably b more profitable than soy bean because growing conditions ar better according to Allen. Success of the UA exper ments was shown with the nig dry bean yields. Tompkins esti mated that the yield was 1,90 pounds per acre and eve higher returns of several dwar horticulture varieties. He sai that it is expected that com mercial production with grai drill planting and mechanics harvesting the yield will b lower but even with 1,0( pounds of beans returned pe acre at 30 cents a pound, th crop would be very profitable. Pinto, kidney and navy bean (three main types used by pro cessors) have proved to be ver successful with experiment continuing on numerous othe varieties. In addition to the ecc nomic advantages of raisin Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., Aug. 11, 1974 · 3J FAvrmviLue, AHKAMSAS Local Youth To Study In Switzerland In AFC Program TO SPEND A YEAR IN SWITZERLAND · .. Chris Basher will leave this month to complete his high school under an AFS scholarship (TIMESphoto by Ray .Gray) Lawn Clinic Set For August 22 The first annual Northwest,sation studies under way at the Chris Bashor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bashor will leave Fayeltevillc Aug. 17 for Geneva, Switzerland where he will attend school under the American Field Service (AFS) International Scholarship program. Chris became interested in the program through contacts with AFS students at Fayetteville High School and his application was accepted just before the end of his junior year at FayeUeville High School. He will live with Mrs. Antoinette Fernex and her family in Hermance. 10 miles from the city of Geneva and one-half mile from the French border in a 15 room' house with nine bedrooms. The big country house, located on Lake Geneva, has g a r d e n s and Lake Geneva, has gardens and stables. Chris is looking forward to his year of foreign study and gaining two sisters, Henriette and Adrienne, who are his own age. He has two younger bro thers, but no sisters, and thinks the experience will be pleasant He hopes he won't be home sick and since he likes moun tain sports does not anticipate he will, since his host familj enjoy tennis, swimming, sailing skiing hiking and bicycling. At present Adrienne is in Scotland for a Youth M u s i Festival with th« school choi and Henriette is spending month in Germany to improv production with another cash.dry beans, they are nutrition- MICHELLE GILLOW of 22414 . Church St. -- "I'm for it -- I'm for anything having to do with pianos and organs and mything for more jobs." paying crop." PRICES HAYWIRE Turnbow wouldn't estimate future prices of 'dry beans to the farmer or cost to the consumer but added .thai "dry bean prices havs been completely haywire (he last nine months, the price has multiplied and is supposed to be adjusting now but I can't guess what it will ~ie." Allen stated that about 20 per cent of the products canned at the four Allen canning plants (two in Siloam Springs, one at Alma and onfl in Moorhead, Miss.) are dried beans. Large quantities of navy beans are used in pork and beans, pinto beans in chili and with jalapeno peppers, dark red and light red kidney beans and red beans are used at the Allen plants. Allen said that if these beans were locally grown, tremendous savings would result in transportation costs. "We have to transport many varieties- from California and land there is in a pinch for housing and the prices are up. In addition this would give our growers a well- rounded growing season." "We've been working with Dr. Tompkins and have commer- ally valuable with high, iirotein, iron and phosphorous content, Tompkins said. Tornpkins answered questions on planting techniques, fertilizing, harvesting and growing and pointed out problems which may result such as rain at harvest time which can spot the pods and hurt grain quality and disease and insects the plants are subject; to. With d e m a n d great, the prices up and excellent results Arkansas Lawn Clinic will be held fr"m 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Agrcr.cjmy turf plots at A'gri farm. The clinic is designed to give the public basic information on establishment and care of lawns in this area. Topics to be discussed include mowing and mower maintenance and weed control. A demonstration of the fertili- experiment station will he given and staff members will answer questions. of Tompkins field experiments, dry beans are expected to soon be cropping up in Northwest Arkansas. her mastery of German. STUDY AT CALVIN COLLEGE Chris go to school Geneva, at Calvin College, has not decided which ive sections offered he will elect when school begins in cptemhcr. The college was uilt 415 years ago by John Calin and is equivalent to the last wo years of high school here nd the first two of college. Chris will have an orientation i New York and travel by bartered plane to Paris. From nere he will go to Berne for irie week orientation and then arrive at Geneva Aug. 28. During his high school career :hris has played with the Uni- ·ersity-North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the high school tennis team. Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society, rle was also active in the youth Sroup of the United Presbyter- 'an Church and scouting. He will be among approximately 300 students in ths northern hemisphere AFS program 1 and one of 30 studens assigned to Switzerland. There will be two other students in eneva. AFS is the oldest of the student exchange programs and conducts careful screening, and orientation of students who:are accepted for scholarships. The AFS chapter at FayeUeville High School is expecting an international student again this fall. Do You Need a Detective Ph. 442-6191 JOHN TATE of Houston, Tex. -- "I think their expansion is a good thing except if they're not willing to pay workers what even if more people would be employed if they weren't get- more oppressive than beneficial even if more people wuld be- ting wags they deserve." PAUL MOBLEY of 229 S. College -- "I'm for expanson but if it gets too far out of hand it leaves the people and certain people get a monopoly. It should be done cautiously and the people have to decide when it (expansion) should stop."' GREG ANDERSON of Route 2 West Fork -- "I don't see anything wrong with it. It will provide more job opportunities and I think it will be good for the area." FARE Program To Be Continued Continuation of the Fatal Accident Reduction -Enforcement (FARE) program will be continued in Arkansas for an additional year, according to William C. Miller, director of the state Department of Public Safety. The program, which began June 1, 1973. is directed toward reducing traffic fatalities on Arkansas streets and highways. At present 30 state troopers are assigned in 26 counties selected for the · program because a high frequency of accidents had been noted in the areas. Miller said.30 new troopers, authorized in May by the Legislative Council, are now undergoing eight weeks of intensive training at t h e Law Enforcement Training Academy. At the end of the training period, each :rooper will be assigned to work vith an experienced officer. Miller said traffic fatalities declined by 20 per cent in the "irst six months of the year -- rom 319 to 246. He contributed the reduction to increased en- 'orcement, lower maximum speed and improved performance on the part of the motoring public. SIDING SPECIAL Transitional Advisory Group Said Organized In April DETROIT (AP) -- President Gerald R. Ford began quiet preparations for a possible transition to the White House as early as April, a long-time confidant to (he new chief executive says. Jack Stiles, Ford's campaign manager when the President first ran for Congress in 1948, told the Detroit News Friday that Ford wanted to plan a smooth takeover "in case the other shoe dropped" and President Nixon was impeached ana convicted or resigned. "We organized what we called a transitional advisory group," Stiles said. "Of course, it was.all very confidential. We talked about expanding his staff and who would be where. Sfiles said the spring strategy sessions were kept under wraps to avoid making waves for an , already unsteady Nixon ship. "We had to do it without appearing to be disloyal to Mr. Nixon," Stiles said. He said he and other friends of the then vice president met with Ford in April and again in July at his Alexandria, Va., home. "We pulled together who we thought were experts in various fields and discussed great many things -- the economy, the foreign policy and domestic affairs." Stiles said the group never discussed who would be Ford's choice for vice president, however. "We decided it was up to Jer ry to decide what area he wanted his vice president t o be strong in," Stile said. "I know all the men who are being mentioned --· (former Atty. Gen:) Elliot Richardson, (Illinois Sen.) Charles Percy, (former Defense Secretary) Melvin Laird and (former New York Gov.) Nelson Rockefeller." But Stiles would not predict whom Ford eventually might select as his vice president. 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