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November 7, 1952     The Othello Outlook
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~]:tIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1952 THE OTHELLO OUTLOOK t W about 1!) per cent of Adams county's 400.000 wheat- producing acres for next year have been seeded as the d,riest autumn in years continues to unveil ideal foot- ball weather but no rain. County Agent Bob Martin said this week talks with farmers from all parts of the county have convinced him only about 40,000 acres has been seeded in dust. "Out of every 10 farmers," Martin declared, "I would say about five or six have given up the idea of seeding this fall. The others might O THELL 0 Shoe Repair JOHN SOBE~I OTHELLO still seed, depending on the weather. "If we had a good rain fol- lowed by open weather permit- ting farmers to get into their fields, some large acreages might be seeded. But it looks now as though Adams county's 1953 crop will be half to three- fourths spring wheat." IN THE PAST 58 days less BUILD FOR SEC2JRITY WITH SAVINGS PASCO BRANCH. Q YAKIMA FIRST FI~DEP,-~L SAVINGS & LOAN ASSN. C. S. Churchman, ]~ranch IVI, a~a'ger Current Dividend 2 % A~ Insured up io $10,000.00 422 W. ~ St. Pasco~Wass Phone 3631 Portable Acetyline & Arc Welding __ Light Overall Machine Work Lawnmowers Sharpened Othello, Washington Eves~tt (SLIM) Cars" Phone 3482 $1.26 Rosemary Cologne v. 59c 3--200's Doeskin Tissue 2.--29e Wildroot Creamoil | P ii ii i i than one-tenth of an inch of rain has been recorded in Ritz- ville. About .03 fell October 23 and another .06 October 29.- The only wheat which has come up in the county lies in a handful of fields deep-furrow- ed early in September in hopes that fall rains would follow, which they didn't. A few of these stands look healthy but a majority, the county agent re- ported, are somewhat spotty. Other farmers seeded in dust close to the surface later in September. This wheat has not had enough moisture to germ- inate. MOST FARMERS, Martin said, feel that at least an inc]a of rain is needed to make seed- ing possible. The Benge area often receives more rain than Ritzville, and when Ritzville recorded .06 last Wednesday a number of Benge ranchers were out bright and early Thursday morning in the hopes enough had fallen to make seeding possible. The ground surface looked wet, but the ranchers soon dis- covered the moisture had form- ed only a thin surface layer. Clouds of dust burst forth even when a pickup was driven into a field. ASIDE FROM the joy of "getting their crop in," Adams county farmers would have lik- ed nothing better than to seed this fall because spring seed- ing means more work in break- ing the ground again, more trouble with weeds, and usual- ly an average of three to four bushels per acre less produc- tion. But as Martin found, perhaps a majority of the county's far- mers have completely abandon- ed thoughts of seeding this fall. That means a huge quantity of spring wheat seed will be needed in an area which has been producing about 95 per cent winter wheat for the past 15 years. SOME FABMERS. particul- arly old-timers who have ex- perienced dry falls before, have hung onto enough spring wheat to meet their own needs. But many ranchers will be forced to look for spring seed, and according to some reports they may not have an easy time of it. It is believed certain many will have to settle for a variety other than Baart, the favorite spring wheat in this area-- which is one of very few regions in the nation producing Baart. ABOIrr I0 OR 11 thousand acres in the general Ritzville- Lacrosse area has been seeded by air this fall or will be in the near future, according to Ray Souther of Central Aircraft. Souther said seeding by air made its debut in the Lacrosse area last year and proved suc- cessful except that in some in- stances 90 pounds of seed per acre was found to be too l~avy an application. This year, Souther said, the standard application has been reduced to 70 pounds an acre, PAUL F. BONNELL Attorney at Law OT,,HELLO, WASH. Danekas & Dunkan Funeral Home RITZVILLE TELEPHONE 83 MonvmemP and Markm's 24-Hour Am~lamco S~vi~ HERMAN KRUPA OTHIBLLO PHONE 3814 I II PAGE THREE with Turkey and Elmar gen- erally being applied. Some farmers seed entire areas, Souther declared, while others limit air-seeding to soft, hilly areas where it is difficult to se(~d accurately by ground. Southcr .