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Perkins, Oklahoma
March 8, 1973     The Perkins Journal
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March 8, 1973

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4 - The Perkins Journal, Thursday, March 8, By Lester Smith county xtension Director Wheat, Feed Grair Program Still Alive Wheat and Feed Grain Pro- grams are still in effect even 'though there has been some drastic changes that farmers should become acquainted with as it will definitely affect their "1973 income. \ ~, Prior news radio and tele= vision releases no doubt have mlsl~d many farmers to the ~alnt they interpreted the re se to mean all farm pro- grams were cancelled or reduc- ed to the point there was no advantage in participation. This .... ~Imply is not true, said Dewey Ford, Payne County ASCS Coun- ty Director. The wheat and feed grain program has been changed to fit present conditions due to a se- vere winter nationwide that ne- cessitated the large usage of li- vestock feed. This has resulted in shortage of food and feed StUff that has been reflected in a part of the increased cost of food items especially at the _meat cot~ter. Farmers who have wheat al- :lotments and feed grain bases should contact their County ASCS Office ~o~ learn the ad- vantages available ,to them. Ford commented that any wheat, feed grain farmer could easily comply with the program; how- "-ever. they must sign up at the ASC~ office before March 16, t973. Ford said, some of the op- tions in the new program are: 1. Participation with or with- out set aside acreage; 2. Pro- vision for payments for addit- ional set aside acreage; 3. Hay- Ing or grazing set aside acreage at a reduced payment; 4. A wide range of substitute crops to protect history. There are so many options and they apply to each farm tn a different manner dependingon each individual farming plan. For this reason it is essential that each farmer contact the county office to determine how the program will apply to his individual situation, This program has been said to be tallormade for cattlemen who possess wheat and feed grain bases because he can participate in the payment in program and still market his wheat crop through livestock under the graze-out provision. Remember the time you spend in the management phase of your operation is usually the most profitable. Need Roughage Producing Cows If limiting hay fed per cow to 10 to 15 pounds daily, increase grain enough to provide ade- quate energy for milk product- ion. Onepound high energy grain mix will replace energy in about l 2/3 pounds of hay. With roughage supplies ra- pidly being used up, many dairy- men are limiting the amount of hay fed to dairy cows. But a cow in milk needs enough rough- age for digestion and mainten- For All Your Garden Needs Check At E shovels-hoes hoses-rakes-shrub trimmer-electric and manual hedge trimmer spades,-grass edger sprinkler-nosals COME IN CHECK THE MANY MORE ITEMS THAT 'OU MAY 1973 ance of a normal butterfat test. A cow needs 1 to 1 1/9. pounds hay or hay equivalent per 100 Pounds body weight to maintain a normal milk fat test. Hay equivalent refers to suc- culent forage such as silage converted to a similar amount of dry hay. A 1,000 pound cow would need 10 to 15 pounds hay or hay equivalent each day. Plant Small Fruits This Month Or Next Grapes, blackberries, dew- berries and strawberries are better adapted to Oklahoma con- ditions than tree fruits. Grapes and blackberries are adapted to a wide range of con- dltions. Since they bloom late, they usually escape spring frosts. When choosing grape variet- ies, determine what you wilI do with the fruit. Where space is limited, one or two plants of each type will usually be suf- ficient. The white seedless dessert grapes include Hemred and In- terlaken. These appear to he winter hardy in central and southern Oklahoma most year. The Hemrod ripens in ~Iuly and Interlaken in August. The Beacon variety is per- haps the best producer of jel- ly grapes. Buffalo and Fredonia are also good jelly and juice grapes. When the Beacon var- iety is fully ripened, the gra- pes will drop off unless har- vested. Since each family can get a stale and federal license free to make up to 100 gallons of wine, the French hybrid wine gra- pers are of considerable in- terest. Perhaps the best blue-black varieites would include SV 18- 315 and SV-7053. Of the white wine grapes, SV 12-375, SV 5276 and S-9110 make excellent wine. An excellent dessert grape is S-.9110. The grape is sweet. The skin is tender and does not slip. And the berry usually contains one seed, Of the blackberry varieties, Lawton seems to be one of the better producers. It is adapted to most sections of the state. In northern Oklahoma, this var- iety has suffered winter injury under extreme weather condit- ions. Other erect growing var- ieties that have done well in- clude Raven, Dewblack and Bra- vos. Lucretia is a bramble need- ing a trellis. This plant is very productive and a dependable producer if you care for the plants as recommended. Strawberries are well adap- ted to home garden conditions if the soil is not too fertile and not more than six inches to clay type subsoil. The soil must be well drained. Since straw- berries have short roots, it's hard for them to survive on deep, sandy soil. Blakemore, Tennesee Beau- ty or Pocahontas would be the best varieties. A feW plants of each variety would furnish fresh berries over about a three week period. Most years, strawberry plants will need irrigation. Transplant all small fruits in February or March and give them extra attention during the first growing season should the summer be dry. These plants do not produce any appreciable quantity of fruit the first year since the flower buds are developed the year before. Insect and disease controls are less difficult on small fruits than for tree fruits. But you must do needed pruning on blackberries~ dewberries and grapes. There are hundreds of them at Fort Knox in Kentucky. There are at least that many at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and probably more at Fort Benning in Geor- gia. And they all have at least one thing in common: they are being paid by the US Army to learn how to be radio meCh- anics. While thousands of their as- sociates are finding the doors closed to civilian jobs because of a lack of experience, or are paying local unions a substan- tial portion of their salary to work as apprentices, these young men are earning $30q.20 per month while the Army gives them the best professional in- struction available anywhere. They are also provided with free room and board, complete medical and dental care and a chance to choose where they want to work. Young men who enlist for work as radio mechanics in Today's Army are sent to Knox, Sill or Benning to learn how to install, operate and maintain communications equipment us- ~l In the field. The Army em- ploys a t~hands-on" approach which permits young men to work with transmitters, receiv- ers, FM radio equipment and AM and SSB radio equipment only weeks after they enter the service. Once they complete their ad- vanced individual training, they travel to the installation they selected prior to enlistment. This may include any of those in the Continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Germany or Korea. In the field, Army radio mechanics are responsible for transmitting and receiving ra- clio communications on FM, AM, and single band radio equip- ment. Besides operating elect- tonic communications equip- ment, they are also expected to Tooth PellllS,~ Commission berg has headli nes This time state official a ,consumer's tal care. it warns mill needlessly pv claiming cent of all competent, Without judgment on fession, it all those pulling now :use to awfid install, adjust Field RadiO the people who unit to stay with other R is experience for woman who in private a radio re trician. The radio tals of apply to circuits. 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