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Alo—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, July 21,1984 D , . . , , . c
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Let’s take a dip
What's among the most refreshing escapes
from a hot, muggy day that's so common about
this time of the year?
It has to be dip m the nice, cool waters of a
stream, river, pond or pool.
Each time the temperature and humidity
meet and shake hands at the 90-level in July
or August, three such dips - all ag related -
come to mind from the past.
The first recollection comes from my era as a
little shaver working on a farm in lower
The second dates back to the teen years
working in an orchard in Lehigh County.
And, the third occurred just a few years ago
in Amarillo, Texas
And, now some details
As a kid on the farm, I was the runt of the
litter When it came to field work, I got the light
duty assignments or was the “go-for ”
When hay was brought in - loose and un
baled - I was stuck up in the loft pulling the
hay back away from the door and into the
corners, spreading it out so it wouldn't
On a hot, sticky hay day, that loft soon
became a dusty sauna I can remember
watching the dust particles dance through the
streams of sunlight coming in through the
cracks in the boards like a million little
Well, after a few wagonloads of hay, you
were soon soaking wet sweated coated with a
combination of perspiration and hay grime
After the hay was in, my cousin and I would
head for the stream down in the lower pasture
that we dammed up to matfe a little wading
Saturday, July 21
District 111 Jersey Picnic, 11 a.m.,
Long Meadows Farm.
Shippensburg Fair opens, con
tinues through Tuesday.
Sunday, July 22
Clarion County Fair opens, con
tinues through Saturday.
Monday, July 23
Woodlot Management for Private
Landowners, continues through
Friday at Penn State.
Troy Fair opens, continues
INTEREST RATES MUST BE
UP TODAY. HUH OTIS?
Tuesday, July 24
Business Meeting, Pa. Nur
seryman’s Assn, in conjunction
with Penn Allied Nursery Trade
Show, Hershey Convention
Jefferson Township Fair opens,
continues through Saturday.
Wednesday, July 25
York 4-H Dairy Roundup.
Tobacco Research Field Day,
Upper Marlboro, Md., 9 a.m.,
University of Md. Ag Ex
years older, and I once got into a cow chip fight
-- not the solid, sailing kind but the soft, gushy
just-deposited kind. This first battle continued
for several years as a continuing war and after
bringing in hay was always a good time to
continue the dung duel.
We'd measure off at a few paces and wing
the sloppy handfuls and each always had a few
direct hits After a few hectic minutes of
flinging flops, the pasture stream was a must.
You never saw a more sorry or memorably
smelly sight than two hay dust gnmey kids who
had just been in a cow manure battle.
Moving to my teen years, I took on more
mature dignity. The manure fights were
One of my teen jobs was picking peaches at
a pretty big orchard near my home m Lehigh
If you’ve ever picked peaches for a whole
day, you know that the fuzz can get pretty
itchy when it mixes with your sweat.
An early evening swim after a day in the
peach orchard became a must. We’d head for
a place called the “cmdertip” along the Lehigh
River. It was so named because the “sandy
beach" was formed from countless billions of
coal soot particles that came from the PRR
engines that crawled by for so many years.
The Lehigh in high water was a pretty deep,
swift river and I can remember the favorite
pastime was diving down to some of the
boxcar wrecks on the bottom and making
believe they were sunken treasure ships just
waiting to be explored
My third memorable ag swim happened just
a few years ago down in the Texas Panhandle
at a Holiday Inn in Amarillo
We were filming milo or sorghum harvesting
on the sun-baked Texas soils during a dry spell
that was even unusual for Texas It was so hot
that after awhile you stuffed some paper in
your boots to insulate against the heat
It wasn't enough that we had to film at this
time, but one of the particular photographic
needs centered on closeups of the header as it
cut its way through the gram That meant a lot
of time right next to the combine as it gobbled
up the dry, dusty sorghum
Well, after a day of being showered by
sorghum dust and debris, the days in the
peach orchard came quickly back I hadn't
itched so much since then
Back at the Holiday, it was a mad bee-line to
the pool and right off the board clothes,
cowboy boots and all
So, on a hot, muggy afternoon, let’s all take a
dip If it can't be the pool or pond type, how
about an ice cream variety to help celebrate
National Ice Cream Month
Valley Fair opens,
continues through Saturday.
Plainfield Farmers Fair opens,
continues through Saturday.
Thursday, July 26
Fayette County Fair opens, con
tinues through Aug. 4.
Sire Power Sale, 11 a.m., Kutztown
Pa. Yorkshire Cooperative
Association’s Show, Lebanon
Happy Second Birthday in Lancaster Farming
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IS UP 7DORY
2Kings9 through 10; Hosea 1:4,5,
In the eyes of just about
everyone, King Jehu was a hero.
Annotated of the Lord at the
command of Elisha the prophet, he
utterly wiped out the evil house of
Ahab. He was also responsible for
the murder of the hated Queen
Jezebel. Furthermore, in one
single stroke, he virtually an
nihilated all the worshippers and
priests of Baal in the land of Israel
and demolished the temple of Baal.
YOU HAVE DONE WELL
As far as the writer of 2 Kings is
concerned, God approved the acts
of Jehu as his own will: “Because
you have done well in carrying out
what is right in my eyes, and have
done to the house of Ahab ac
cording to all that was in my heart,
your sons of the fourth generation
shall sit on the throne of Israel.
(This was promised even though
the writer of 2 Kings had already
observed: “But Jehu did not turn
aside from the sins of Jeroboam
the son of Nebat, which he made
Israel to sin..." ’ (10:28-30).
Baal was a terrible threat to the
spiritual welfare of Israel. Much
more attractive with its ritual
pleasure’'’ fV, m tVl ° . Hohrew
NOW IS THE TIME
By Jay Irwin
Lancaster County Agriculture Agent
Phone 717 394 6851
To Keep Poultry Comfortable
Ventilation and air movement
inside poultry houses is most
important during very hot and
humid weather. Poultry houses
need more air movement inside
the house. I would encourage you
to place circulating fans inside the
house to move more air across the
birds. This will definitely give
relief. In weather reports it’s
known as the “chill factor.” If you
move air at the rate of 500 c.f.m.
across the birds, it will reduce the
temperature - to the bird - by 10° F.
I know if the temperature is 95°
outside it will not be any cooler
than 95° inside, but the chill factor
from the fans could make it feel
like 85° to the birds.
Another very important factor,
during hot weather, is to ventilate
the attic. The best way is to have
an inlet at one end and an exhaust
fan at the other end. If you don’t
move the air out of the attic, the
temperature can rise to over 150*
F. This trapped air will work down
religion, it was extremely popular
in the land. The prophets Elijah
and Elisha both had devoted
themselves to rooting out its in
sidious influence. Surely the
genocide Jehu inflicted upon the
house of Ahab and the followers of
Baal was justified by the need to
stamp out this wretched religion!
We get a different view,
however, from the Prophet Hosea.
Upon th< > *" *h of his first son,
Hosea is told by God: “Call his
name Jezreel; for yet a little wh-'°,
and I will punish the house of Jehu
for the blood of Jezreel, and I will
put an end to the kingdom of the
house of Israel” (Hosea 1:4).
CALL HIM “JEZREEL”
Thus, there are two con
tradictory Old Testament views of
the way in which Jehu went about
destroying the evil influence of
Baal. The writer of 2 Kings
believed that God approved of the
genocide and even encouraged it.
The Prophet Hosea, on the other
hand, believed that God con
demned it as a terrible sin.
If we find it difficult to choose
between Hosea and the writer of 2
Kings as accurately representing
the will of God, we need the view
this controversy in the light of the
New Testament. Jehu’s bloody
slaughter cannot stand the light
that Christ sheds on the true nature
of God. The bloodthirsty divinity
found m the Old Testament can
only be a reflection of the evil m
human hearts. Hosea’s view of God
is much closer to that of Jesus.
There are contemporary Baals
that must be recognized and
confronted today, the most obvious
of these being Communism. Let us
make certain we do not try to fight
these Baals in the same way that
Jehu did. As Hosea reminds us,
that is not God’s way.
through the insulation and into the
To Understand the pH Effect
Many pesticides, particularly
the organic phosphates such as
Cygon and Diazinon and Carbonate
insecticides such as Sevin and
Furadan are decomposed quite
rapidly by Alkaline water (pH 7.0).
The decomposition is due to
Alkaline hydrolysis of the molecule
which is converted to a form that is
For this reason, in areas where
water supplies are greater than Ph
7.0, better pest control will be
obtained if the pH is lowered to a
range where pesticide stability is
maintained. For most insecticides
the optimum pH is below 6.0. Let’s
look at a few examples of how pH
affects stability of pesticides.
Dylox decomposes rapidly above
6.0 pH at a pH of 8.0 only 63
minutes pH of 7.0 only 386
minutes and a 6.0 pH will require
89 hours to decompose. Sevin will
be 50% decomposed within 24
hours in a 9.0 pH water.
As a general rule, most
pesticides undergo some degree of
hydrolysis in alkaline solutions. If
you experience a situation with a
high pH water, we suggest you look
for another source of water with a
lower pH rather than try to change
the pH of your water supply.
To Order Seed Needs
The late summer and fall
seeding season is coming rapidly;
August seedings of alfalfa should
now be in the planning stage.
Winter oats, barley and wheat
seedings should be planned and
orders placed for the right kind of
seed. Don’t wait until seeding time
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