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Observer, La Grande, Ore., Fri., Sepr. 18, 1959 Page 3
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MACHINES LEAN SEED
Darcey Sater Wheeks Results
FULL MEASURE FOR EACH SACK
Tom Ontko Weighs-Seed
FAST AND EFFICIENT
Power Tool Sews Sacks
Waaner Seed Firm Valley Farm-Ranch-Home
Bill Bebout, Editor
Bv BOB CHANDLER
ObMrvtr Staff Writer
IMBLKK (Special An idea born
in the early 1930's in the middle
of the depression has turned into
a mi'lion-plus dollar industry fcr
the Grande Roni Valley and has
carried the name of the valley to
all parts of the world.
The" industry is the growing and
processing of grass seed, half a
dozen varieties of it, in an area
which has turned out to be par-
Union County 4-H Club mem
bers scored many achievements
in competition at this year's
Oregon State Fair in Salem.
Blue ribbons were won by the
horse judging team, composed
of Terry Bowman, Norma and
' Mary Lynn Berryman, Route 1,
La Grande, earned a blue rib
Qbon on her junior ' agricultural
demonstration on "Training a
Ruth Hoxic received a blue
r.bbon in the senior bread bak
ing contest. .' -
' Red ribbons were won by the
following girls in dress revue:
Sharon Jones, Kay Griffith, Ar
. dvee Gulzow and Ruth Elmer.
Ruth Hoxie received a red rib
bon with her home economics
demenstration and Eloise Mc-H
Coy earned a red ribbon in the
junior Spreckles canning contest.
Due Sept. 29
Union county Hereford breeders
will hold their 3rd annual Hereford
tour on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The
Hereford breeders of th county
take this opportunity to show com
mercial men and other purebred
breeders their brood herds, sal;
cattle and herd sires.
The county has long been famous
for the quality of purebred Here
fords they produce and a great
number find their way into the
brood herds of other purebred
breeders throughout the North
west. Cattle from Union county have
been sent to Idaho, Nevada, Cali
fornia and Washington.
The Tri-County Hereford Sale
held in La Grande, each February
is1 one of the oldest consignment
sales held in the northwest.
ticularly well adapted for this crop.
Biggest processor in the county
is the H. L. Wagner and Sons
plant at Imbler.1 The Wagner firm
also operates in other parts of the
West but maintains Its processing
center in the valley. i .
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England and other parts of the
wcrld which have come to know
and want Grande Ronde Valley
"There are a number of factors
which make this valhy well suited
for the production of grass seeds,"
according to Darcey Sator man
ager of the firm. "We have an
excellent climate, good soil and
water conditions and this is an
area almost completely free of
As a result of these factors, he
said, the company's production is
in demand, in American and world
Processing and cleaning of seed
is in full swing now, with the 1939
harvest practically over, Sator
said., .Busifst,Jwrvest, time in this
area starts in mid-July and runs
unitl shortly before Labor Day.
Annual seed production in the
county in the last year for which
figures are completed totaled near
ly $14 million, with Merion blue
grass accounting for the biggest
single varietal income, according
to County Agent Ted Sidor.
Other major money crops in the
seed business were Illahee red
fescue, creeping red and chewings
fescue. Various wheat grasses
also added to the total as did timo
thy, brome and meadow foxtail.
Most seed raised in the vaHcy
is the product of diversified farm
ing operations, with a large num
ber of pjots being 40 acres or over,
The largest English market is
for chewings fescue, which is not
produced in England but which
has turned out to be particularly
well adapted for lawns in that
climate, Sator said.
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Farm Bureau Office
Has Official Start
ISLAND CITY KSpeeial) The
Union County Farm Bureau of
fice in Island City was official
ly opened Sunday with an open
house, i '
The county office occupies a
corner of the center building and
will be open for business Mon
days, Wednesdays and Fridays
each week. . i i ,
Refreshments were served at
the open house in the La Grande
WE HAVE THE
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Industrial Equipment Yon Need!
A.M. SPRINKLER - GATES
IRRIGATION SYSTEMS , BELTS & PULLEYS '
RAINBIRD SPRINKLERS , AH six, G T
" Electric Motors
Phillip. Red Head W.lding Supplies
Concrete Fastertert ... '
Bolt Chains Steel , Acetylene Welding '
Steel Cable Unit
PACIFIC CENTRIFUGAL IRRIGATION PUMPS
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SKSLi AND 5AFETY ;
Combining skill with safety, Roger Schaad, La Graiule,'
topped all other drivers to walk off with grand cham
pion honors in 4-H tractor driving competition at the
Oregon State Fair in Salem. Roger is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. R. W. Schaad. .
Men and women are invited to
join the soil judging tour and
observe the contest in action, ac
cording to Elgin Cornett, Wal
luwa county agent.. Each person
will he given a card that shows
l'ow the judging is done. '
Judging soil has ecome a use
ful aid in teaching the importance
of soil, Cornett said. He said
that FFA instructors and soil
conservation district supervisors
i'sc this method to emphasize that
all resources are based on soil
Ned Moon, Joseph FFA instruc
tor, is making local arrangements
to organize the contest for chap
ters in the two counties. Dick
Uarriman, SCS soil technician
will help select soil types to be
ISLAND CITY (Special) Roy
I,cenirrd. chairman of the Union
County Farm Bureau sheep com
modity group, tias stressed the
importance for. voting in the
wool referendum vote in pro
tircss this month.
Leonard urged the Vote so that
an accurate picture oi tne de
sires of sheep producers can be
If tne program Is favored, one
cent per pound on shorn wool
and five cents per . hundred
weight (live) on unshorn lambs
would be deducted from wool in
centive payments before reach
ing the sheepmen, i
If the program is not favored
by two thirds cf the voting pro
ducers or two-thirds of the pro
duction represented in the vot
ing, no deduction will be made.
The ASO office is In charge
of the voting being conducted
under the supervision of the sec
retary of gricuHure. '
Livestock Club Meets
NORTH POWDER (Special)
The Mt. Carmel Livestock 4-H
clnb held its last meeting of the
year Tuesday at the school house.
They received their cards from
Mrs. Louis Pratt, club leader.
READY FOR SHIPMENT
Mary Newtomb Tags Seed Sacks
Among Valley Farmers
By County Agents Ted Sidor and Charles' Gavin
Cattle grub control Two sys
temic Insecticides ore now avail
able for control of cuttle grubs.
Thesf arc known as Co-Ital and
Trolene'. The Co Hal is used as a
spray and the Trolene is given
orally in a bolus form. Excellent
louse control has also been ob
tained with Co-Ral.
In the trials he'd ov?r the
stale with some 1300 head o' cat
tle, there was a control with
the bolus and 82 (. with the spray.
However, in the trials in Union
rountyy we had 100" control with
the spray and around 92'T with the
bohis.'fnd with the spray w had
a good louse control.
Cattle can be treated ne to
Nov. 1, with other insecticide, how
ever, if the spray is used, use a
high pressure pump and wet cat
tl" thoroughly. It would be best to
treat them by the 15th of October,
or be.'ore they have teo much
winter hair. Also, don't treat
lariating dairy animals, animals
undergoing stress or calves under
6 months of age.
Cattlemen, sp?cially in the I'nion
area or those who have grazed
in the area, should vaccinate their
cetlle for Red Water right away.
We have had more loss In this
paiticular area from this disease
than from' any other and while
we have them in. it would be a
good idea for all cattlemen to
vaccinate for Leptospirosjs.
Some information concerning
seed crops that may be of in
terest to you include Merion
bluegrass which appears to be the
best cash seed crop for 1959. Some
growers are wondering if the trade
will abso b more than the present
' Newport bluegrass is a new
strain. The Newport Association
dues not want an increase plant
ing this year. This group plans to
watch the acceptance cf Newport
bluegrass by turf consumers.
On Red cjover. Kenland and
Penscott are th? two most popular
red clovers. Red clover is an ex
cellent rotation crop. There is
usually a fair market for red
On orchard grass, Potomac is
still the most popular for feed
production in Oregon. New va
rieties available include S-143.
Akaroa, Pennlate and Larar. . It is
reported that S 113, Akaroa and
Larar do not have enough winter
hardiness for most of the orchard
grass consuming area.
John C. Kelthley with one of his 8ufTolk stud rams. Ha
likes large, blocky bucks with plenty or none ana sturdy ,
leas to carry them ovtr th rugged mountain ranges. '
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"I don't believe in pampering range bucks," says
John C. Keithley, young Suffolk breeder who ranches
near Midvale, Idaho, "We select for size, depth of
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our best to help these characteristics fully develop
through proper supplemental feeding, on the Purina
That's the program more and more sheepmen are
following these days . '. . using the proper kind and
amount of supplemental feeding to
get the most out of their bands. We
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program. Stop in and see us when
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