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E ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 1976 I Declared Energy Conservation Month Pike Wallace has de- month of April as Month in purpose of this is to make us aware of the fact really ex- Provide tips to save demands 've ever resources are y of some is short. We an energy crisis. we leave an uR- lighted, a tele- or radio playing to SPace or an automo- • idling, we contri- energy crisis. We ant na- to excessive appllan- compare ourselves of the world, we Americans are a large portion o.f resources. States has of the world's we consume almost world's energy e use 1.6 trillion ki- a year, ten times we used in 1940. perdict that that we will milieu living in homes wired for electricity had room aix' conditioners; the figure is 47 percent today. Almost half of the country's families "have electric can openers; 11 percent had them a decade ago. From 1964 until today, the .number of homes with color television sets rose from 5 percent to 61 percent. Our affluence is be- ginning to catch up with us. In the past, energy has been a fairly inexpensive commodity in the United States. But this is changing due to inflation, the increase in energy produc- tion costs, the priceofenviron- mental clean-up, and fuel scar- city. The supply of energy avail- ble to us is limited. Scientists are able to predict fairly ac- curately where our energy re- sources are going to come from in thenear future. But the de- velopment of new energy sour- ces or the construction of new facilities for producing energy will take time. The life-style Of Americans requires an in- creasing consumption of en- ergy. The total energy con- sumed in the United States in mid-1973 was 223 percent of the amount used in 1950. These facts do not mean that our lights are going out tomor- row. However, we are just be- ginning to feel the effects of when being watched or listened to. *energy consuming gad- gets were used sparingly and not at all when the activity could as easily be performed manually. *energy consuming appliances would be used dis- criminatingly and to full ad- vantage tend from the home to the school to the community. The effect upon energy use could be tremendous. Even though an individual's contribution toward energy con- servation may seem small, the combined practices of millions of people can greatly reduce the total energy requirements. It In a home that practiced these has been estimated that nearly suggestions children would 20 percent of our electrical adapt them as a way of life. energy supply is used in the Such practice would then ex- home. Questions & Answers By Claude ft. Pike & Robert E. Linder, Extension Farm Agents When and where will the Ala- bama Feeder Pig Association Sales be held next week? Four special feeder pig sales will be held next week as fol- lows: April 12 - Fayette, I,- 200 head; April 13 - Russell- ville, 1,800 head; April 14 - Athens, 1,500 head; and also on April 14, at Tuskegee, 1,500 head has been tentatively con- signed to that sale. grees F., within 24 hours. Systemic insecticides applied to the soil. as a drench or in granular form in the spring and at 4 to 6 .week intervals will give good control. Apply 2 percent Di-Syston granules or Dimethoate (Cygon or Defend) emulsifiable concentrate to the soil surface. Then, water the soil good to leach the material down into the root zone so it will be taken up by the plant. million barrels of this situation and we must take How can I control scale in- day to meet en- some action to slow down our sects on my ornamental When and how should I prune , whereas today energy consumption, shrubs? my azaleas? 18 million barrels Although family functions are To control scale insects on Contrary to popular belief, This nation leads undergoing modification and camellias, hollies, azaleas and azaleas can be pruned without country in energy change, a person's behavior other woody ornamentals use damaging the plant and without patterns are learned as a mem- an oil spray or a systemic in- interfering with future flower Y use is related to her of a family, It is within secticidm The oil spray will production. The best time to dard of living in the a family that one's priority do 'a good job quickly. Apply prune azaleas is soon after the ;; this is reflected concerns are initiated, deve- a 2 percent superior oil spray flowering period in the spring. e cars, appliance loped, and made a part of one's plus a couple of tablespoons of Complete pruning before July to i mnlti-gtass bo- values. This is true of atti- ~iiazinon per one gallon of wa- prevent the reduction of the mericans-like our tudes toward energy use and ter. Follow mixing directions next year's flower production. easy-to-use electri- conservation as it is of atti- and precautions on the superior If an azalea plant has become :es. And more peo- tudes toward personal clean- oil container. Diazlnon is also too large they can be cut back Lying an increasing liness or private property, sold under the trade name Spec- to 6-12 inches above thegrouud aPPliances. Many of Think for a moment the dif- tricide. Apply two applications shortly after blooming. Be ~Vhich were once ference it might make if, with- of the superior oil-diazinon sure to keep the soil moist "luxuries" are now in a family unit: *lights would mixture at two-week intervals, around the plant for several always be turned off when not in use. *televisions and ra- dios would be turned on only Do not apply oil when the tem- perature is expected to go above 85 degrees F., or below 32 de- "necessities." fact that 10 years Percent of the fa- More corn and soybean farmers use Lasso® T[ than any other granular herbicide. For information, contact the nearest VA office (check your phone book) or write: Veterans Administration, 271A, 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20420 r Herblc,de label dlrecEions days after severe pruning. How and why should I mulch my azaleas? Mulching is very important in azalea culture because it keeps the soil from drying out too fast. Pine straw is an ex- cellent mulch and usually easy to get. Other mulch materials that will do a good job are ground pine bark wood shav- ings, chips and sawdust. Spread the mulch out beyond the outer leaves of the plant. After settling, mulch should be at least 2 to 3 inches deep. A Boy For The Tom Pittmans Friends of Tom and Clara Pittman will be interested to know that their expected baby arrived prematurely Monday evening, April 5, in a Fort Walton Beach hospital. It was a boy and weighed only 3 pounds and 9 ounces. The little fellow was transfer- red to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and reports Tues- day morning were that his vital signs were all good. Mother is doing fine. Papa? Well, he is torn between Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola and is pretty well shaken. But, gi- ven time, he will recover. There isn't a prouder papa anywhere. Everyone inthe Florala-Pax- ton area will be pulling for the little one in hopes that he will gain strength daily and will soon be able to join his parents and • grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Rasberry and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Plttman, at home. Two ways to be quick without hurrying. Snapper is fast so you can get through fast. Here's why: Grass bag is mounted behind the mower. • Extra-large grass bags for fewer stops. • Powerful vacuum action- for an extra clean lawn. Get yours today. Snapper is fast for yOU. mowers meet A.N.S.I. safety specifications. ADAMS CHAIN SAW Highway 531 South Paxton, Fla. PAGE 3 are re ures C; lera In Swine Alabama has gone seven years without a case of hng cho- lera. And, if producers continu to be careful about feedingtheir animals, they can go at least that many more, says W. H. "Bo" Kiuard, County Exten- sion Chairman Covington Coun- ty. A serious outbreak of hog cholera occurred in some Nor- theastern states -- New Jer- sey, Rhode Island and Mas- sachusetts -- in March. And a lot of meat from exposed hogs from that area has been ship- ped into Alabama. Some of this potentially infected meat might find its way into garbage being eaten by Alabama hogs. Kinard says many of the out- breaks in past years were st- arted by feeding garbage con- raining pork from exposed ani- mals. There are now 15 inspectors looking into Alabama garbage feeding operations that may contain some of the exposed meat. All hog growers are ur- ged to cooperate with these in- spectors in any way they can. Kinard adds that growers should keep a close watch on their animals for any signs of hog cholera. If you suspect any of your animals have the disease, report it to the State Veterinarian at once. Remem- ber, oflly by being, constantly on guard can you keep hog cho- lera out of Alabama. I by W. H. "Bo" Kiuard The energy shortage is real -- and it's'not going away. Covington County ExtenSion Chairman W. H/"13o" Kinard says there isn't a crisis at this time, but we must plan our en- ergl supplies for the next 20 to 30 years. Governor Wallace has pro- claimed April as Energy Con- servation Month in Alabama, a time for all of us, farmers and non-farmers, to take a close look at how we are using en- ergy and search for ways to cut our consumption of the dwind- ling fuel supply, the best- plowing speed for non-farm demands are expect- Some experts predict thatthe the particular situation, laying ed to expand faster than farm U.S. will use up its domestic our fields to minimize turning uses. liquid petroleum in 15 years, and doubling up with a secon- Kinard saysaltboughagricul- while others estimate it will last 25 to 30 years. Natural gas may last from 20 to 50 years. Predictions of coal re- serves vary, but all are over 100 years. TbeU.S. has about half of the world's coal deposits and this cm)Id be our salvation in the future." Kinard says nuclear power and solar energy are other po- tential replacements for pet- rokeum. dary tillage tool while plowing, ture is already doing a top- But, in spite of conservation notch job of using fuel ef- efforts, farm use of fuel is ficiently, there is always room expected to increase by about for improvement. So, during 15 percent from the 1973 le- April, farmers should take a vel by 1980. However, the close look at how they use percentage of the total U.S. energy in their operations and fuel needs that will be used look hard for ways to cut in farming will decline because consumption. Agriculture is one of the mo-~t WEEKLY efficient energy users in the • country, although there is still room for improvement. The energy used in the entire food GAR D EN complex from production to the dinner table is only 13.5 per- cent of total energy consumed. TiP~ Kinard notes that of this 13.5 percent used by agriculture, only 2.4 percent is taken up by on-farm production. The rest By W. H. "Bo ' Kinard goes for food processing -, 4.5 percent, home food preparation TEN STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL -- 4.0 percent and wholesale TOMATO PRODUCTION and retail transportation -- 2.6 Gardeners will plant more to- percent. matoes than any otber vegetable Of the 2.4 percent used by crop this year. Here are some farmers, about .7 percent goes things that will help you to pick more of those delicious toma- toes from your garden. 1. Lime the garden accord- ing to soil test recommenda- tions or apply 50 pounds of fine ground limestone per 1,000 square feet to garden soil that hasn't been limed in the last three years. 2. Mix in 10 to 20 bushels of compost per 1,000 square feet. Adding organic matter improves the texture of the soil and increases both its nutrient holding capacity, and its ability to hold moisture. 3. Apply 20 to 30 pounds of 8-8-8 or any other complete fertilizer per 1,000 square feet and mix it thoroughly into the topsoil. 4. Use a nematicide to con- trol rootknot nematodes. Pre- pare the land, lay off six to eight inches deep, apply the ne- macide to the rows and cover with soil furrows immediately. Wait two weeks before setting plants. 5. Set tomato transplants 18 to 24 inches apart in rows that are 3 feet apart. Leave the plants in peat pots and set the plants so that the top of the pot is covered with I inch of soil. 6. Shade newly set trans- plants with cardboard or news- papers. A protective collar made from a milk carton helps reduce cutworm damage. Wa- ter around plants frequently with a starter solution made by dissolving 4 tablespoons of 8- 8-8 per gallon of water. 7. Weed frequently to con- trol weeds. Be careful not to disturb plants while removing weeds. 8. Mulching with 8 to 10 inches of pine straw or simi- lar material will reduce the need for irrigation and make weed control easier. 9. Prune suckers as needed to control growth and produce the desired number of main stems. Stake, trellis or cage to support the plants and keep the fruit off the ground. Most of the fruit that touches the ground will rot before it has a chance to mature. 10. Inspect frequently for insects, and diseases that at- tack tomatoes. In hot humid summer weather, spray toma- toes often to control these pests. into agricultural fertilizers. Most of this energy is used in nitrogen which comes prima- rily from natural gas--one of the energy forms in short supply. Since natural gas will be needed to produce nitrogen fertilizer for many years to come, other substitute energy forms should be used wherever possible. Rising production costs are currently causing farmers to become more conscious of the need to save fuel. And the big- gest fuel saving trend on the farm is switching from gaso- line to diesel fuel. A gallon of diesel fuel will do ~-5 percent more work than a gallon of gas. By 1985, 40 percent oftbo fuel used will probably be die- sel. And Kinard says, this shift could cause a four per- cent cut in overall fuel needs with no other changes in pat- terns of fuel use on the farm. Another way farmers can re- duce energy used by equipment is to keep machinery properly .turned. Neglected maintenance can knock ten percent off a tractor's rated power and in- crease fuel consumption. Ot- her ways to cut fuel use on the farm, Kinard adds, are plowing only when necessary, choosing It's A Boy! Mr. and Mrs. Kelley Thomas of Basin Bayou are happy to announce the arrival of a baby bey, born March 9, at a Fort Walton Beach Hospital. The young man has been na- med Brandon Alan and tipped the scales at 8 pounds, 9 1/2 ounces. Alan's overjoyed grandpa- rents are Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Thomas of Camden, Alabama and Mr. and Mrs. George Lan- caster, Sr., of Lockhart, Ala- bama. WHAT VA OFFICE SHOULD A VETERAN CONTACT TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT VETERANS BENEFITS? VA RECTIONAI 0FfflGE OI:FTG A. Only certain VA officos located in a few B. Any VA office, regional offke or US v.t.,., k...t.., c.t., (usv c), ...,. ,. one or more in every state.There is no long distance charge for calling most offices. • )1oo8 euoqd moA qaqO 'OVASII Jo eatliO IBUOl6ql 'eaU O VA Auv "8 : IIM$NV ELECT W. W. (Woodrow) TO COVINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT ONE, OPP Weodrow Harper wants to be your Commissioner! 1 feel that we need a new voice that will -speak out on issues and help bring better representation to our district as well as county wide. Woodrow Harper was runner up in the last elec- ion for the District One Commissioner's race. I would again appreciate your trust in giving me your support as your Commissioner. I will promise you dedi- cated service, leadership and judgement in your county government to meet your approval and respect. Woodrow Harper will handle your county government and tax dollars honestly and efficiently, and will weigh all decisions and use good sound judgment before giving his vote of approval. Woodrow Harper has proven To the people in his district that he has been ~uc- cessful tlwongh bard work and management of his business and would like to offer his service of leadership to a seat on your County Commission. To the people of Covington County who don't know me--- I married the former Agnes Maaghon. We have three boys; Rowayne, employed in the payroll depart- ment of the Opp-Micolas Cotton Mills; Sherwood, employed as ma~eqr~of'tbo Goodyear Tire and Rubber Store in Albertsville, Alabama; and Jerry, now em- ployed in the family business .... Harper's Grocery. I own and operate a 329 acre farm which consists of cattle raising and feed for livestock. I also own and operate a store in Horn Hill, Alabama and act as mayor of this young incor- porated town. I believe in the future of a growing, prosperous Covington County and will give my support to your Commission Board for the progressive development of our County and Community and at the same time provide Honest, Sound, and Constructive Representation for my District. WOODROW) - PERSONAL - Mrs Myra Nell Harrison has returned to Mobile after spend- ing a week with her father, Mr. C.C. Cobb. (Pd. Pol. Adv. by W. W. (Woodrow) Harper, Opp, Ala.)