Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, November 18, 1972, Image 9

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    Engle Participating in
William Engle of Cochranville
is currently participating in a
unique public affairs education
program being conducted jointly
by Pennsylvania State University
Cooperative Extension Service
and Department of Agricultural
Economics and Rural Sociology.
The group, comprising 35
people from various counties in
the area, is meeting at Hazleton.
They are involved in 20 days of
intensive training in economics,
a dry
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Can cut
planting time
in half!
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sociology, communications,
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management, and government.
The sessions are designed to
provide the participants with a
broader understanding of
problems facing rural Penn
Those taking part have
received W.K. Kellogg
Fellowships which are defraying
costs of instruction, study
materials, room and board while
at the institutes, and field trips.
A starter? As a "pop-up” 7 It has to be special.
It is. STARTER SPECIAL is a completely unique product.
Here’s why:
Physical Uniformity. STARTER SPECIAL pellets are made
to the same shape and density for maximum consistency and
control in application.
Chemical Uniformity Each and every STARTER SPECIAL
pellet has all three primary nutrients - nitrogen, phosphorus,
potassium chemically homogenized in precisely the most
desirable ratio 13-34-10 The nutrients can't separate or
segregate during handling as with troublesome, hard-to
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Double Duty Nutrients STARTER SPECIAL has both
quick-acting and long-lasting nitrogen and phosphorus for
thorough plant feeding There is no urea or diammonium
phosphate that might endanger the seed through liberation
of free ammonia.
Of course, these features also make it highly effective as
a banded starter. But, with only slight adaptation of most
planters, it can be applied directly with the seed in exacting
measurement for safety and maximum response.
With this kind of control, you apply much less material
only 1/3 the amount needed for banding And the reduced
material handling could cut your planting time in half!
So. save time, trouble, and money at planting time. See us
soon about applying STARTER SPECIAL this spring as a
dry "pop-up".
Developing Less Thirsty Plants
The amount of water required
to produce the food comsumed by
one individual per day is
astounding. Over 1,000 pounds of
water are required to produce 1
pound of bread and it has been
estimated that over 23,000 pounds
of water are required by a steer
and the forage it eats in the
production of 1 pound of beef.
Two University of Arizona
Phone Lane. 397-3539
agronomists, A. K. Dobrenz and
M. A. Massengale, have aimed
their research at finding plants
which can produce more dry
matter with less water. At the
annual meetings of the American
Society of Agronomy in Miami
Beach, Dobrenz reported on the
research findings.
The process of transpiration by
which plants lose tremendous
quantities of water has often been
called a necessary evil Dobrenz
and Massengale applied several
antitranspirant and growth
regulator chemicals and found
that Gibberalhc acid did increase
the efficiency of water use
Leaf area reduction can also be
utilized to improve the water
requirement of cereal grains
This involves the removal of the
basal leaves on the plant during
the stage of maturation, thus
reducing the transpiring area of
Dobrenz reported that the total
amount of water applied to
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday, November 18.1972
alfalfa was cut by 40 percent
when high producing adapted
cultivars were grown and
monitoring of the available soil
moisture was used for ap
plication of irrigation water.
Numerous plant charac
teristics were observed in an
attempt to find a feature which
can be utilized by plant breeders
to select more water-use ef
ficiency plants The amount of
cutin on leaves of certain grass
species is significantly related to
the water needs of those plants
and appears to be an effective
technique for isolating efficient
lines Various anatomical
features of the plant roots also
appear to be associated with
efficient use of water.
Through plant-water related
experiments, we can better
understand why so much water is
“pumped” through a plant
during the growth period In
formation from these in
vestigations will allow plants to
be bred that conserve and more
efficiently utilize one of our most
important natural resources,
Reed Canarygrass Seen
As Potential Feed Source
Reed canarygrass is ex
ceptionally well adapted to and
presently growing on large
acreages of poorly drained soils
However, it also has a potential to
yield better than other grasses on
upland soils and is very
The reason farmers do not
grow more of it is because
animals seem to reject it, even
when it is lush and nutritious
University of Minnesota
scientists have discovered that
this low palatability may be
caused by alkaloids. If alkaloids
can be controlled, the rejection
problem may be solved and more
effective feed supply will result.