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Local THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, April 21, 2016. A3 Hooten chosen as Oklahoma FFA Intern The Oklahoma FFA Foundation recently announced the partici- pants in the Foundation's 2016 Leadership Intern Program. Hailea Hooten of the Perkins-Tryon FF A was selected for the pro- gram. Kendall Brashears, Executive Director of the FF A Foundation made the official announcement this week, The intern program is designed to provide high school FF A members with the unique opportunity to observe firsthand the development and man- agement techniques used to construct and facilitate in setup of the Foundation the Oklahoma FF A Con- and Alumni booths, have vention experience, one on one sessions with .... Participants develop various state staff and By Charles Wall a profile of their FF A leadership program in an application form and those applications are then judged by a statewide panel from the Founda- tion Board of DireCtors. Four high school juniors are selected from FF A Chapters across the state. The two boys and two girls report to the Cox Conven- tion Center in Oklahoma City on Monday April 25th for their three day experi- ence. Students will assist other convention profes- sionals, assist with various banquets and leadership sessions, escort VIP guests to various functions, and much more. Students will have time in their schedules to attend leadership workshops, attend various banquets, and spend time with their home chapters during eve- ning events. Interns will be Foundation guests and will receive complimentary accommodations at the Renaissance Hotel and will also receive a stipend for meal functions not covered during the Convention. Other Oklahoma FF A Foundation Leadership Intern participants include Dawson Haworth of the Fairview FFA, Brey- den Codding of the Guthrie FFA, and Bayli Hyde of the Burlington FFA. PERKINS MARYCARE Stillwater Medical Center In the spring of the year we think about things that we can grow, whether it is in the flower bed, garden or field. I remember some of the methods we used to practice on the farm. I had another remem- brance about the control of Johnson grass. In a permanent cow pasture, it can be eliminated because the cattle kill it out. It is so palatable that when cattle have continuous access to it, they keep it eaten down to the ground, and it doesn't have a chance to recouperate. Its roots die. But you can't turn the cows into the cotton or corn fields or the garden. They will eat and trample the desired plants. I have seen that domestic geese will eat the unwanted grass in a strawberry patch. Cultivating and hoeing were not only used to con- trol Johnson grass but also to control crab grass and broad leaf weeds. Back in the 20's and 30's when cotton was king, even ber- muda grass was considered an invader. yler Candles now at Perkins Drug $ Experience The Difference Crops like cotton and corn were planted in rows so that the space between the rows could be culti- vated. Vegetable gardens still use rows for many varieties of veggies. The blades that tilled the soil an horse-drawn cultivators were called shovels, but the blades on tractor cultivators were sweeps. Sweeps had a wing on each side. They were six or seven inches wide. Sweeps were good for Johnson grass because they went through the soil and cut the roots. There was a downside to sweeps that was observed and discussed. On the third and last cultivation the sweeps might get too close to the corn roots and injure them. Espe- cially if the weather was droughty and the roots didn't recover quickly. Our neighbor Palmer Sadler expressed a concern about this. There were two remedies. One was to adjust the sweep shanks so they would be farther away from the row. Another was to use a half-sweep on each side of the row. The wing next to the row would be cut off so there wouldn't q be so much aggressive action against the corn roots. Cultivation of corn is not necessary with recent technology, so the corn roots can grow in peace and not in pieces. Also, the soil is in health- ier condition when not cultivated. The earth- worms and beneficial soil organisms can do their work undisturbed. No matter what method of weed control was used, the idea was that the corn plant, with its rapid rate of growth, could get ahead of the weeds and go on to make big ears of corn. The roasting ears would be ready for the Fourth of July, then there would be some nice ears to show at the county fair in August. There are a variety of methods available for farming and gardening, and we are thankful that we have the freedom to make choices among these methods. Each farmer can pick and choose the methods that fit his or her situation and experience. We do not wish to lose that right to farm. Live Musicians Great Gospel Music Everyone Welcome in Concert Saturday, April 23, 2016 7 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.) Free Admission Church of Perkins 121 E Stumbo Ave Perkins Live Musicians Great Gospel Music Everyone Welcome ..................... !! ! ....... *_ .......