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Rip Guide plus 3 Blades R I All Purpase Sc roll, 1 Metal Cutting Mirror Finish FACTORY GUARANTEED / ONLY RIPS V /-r » 15 " CIRCLES A 'r; : > SCROLLS 0 * 1 f CUTS A ✓ L 7 ' CUTS METAL ^ ' LUMBER Send $15.88 plus $1 postage to: B & B DISTRIBUTING CO. Three Forks, Mont ana Box 127 YES! i accept the 10-day free trial. If not satisfied after ten days, I will return the Sabre Saw for prompt refund. Nome Town • Route Stote Cheatgrass, Erosion— Nature's Blessing? (Continued from page 1) h i c h empty into Montana's main This summer the Powder, w 99 arteries. Tongue, Yellowstone and many other rivers in Montana were so loaded with silt and soil that at times they had the viscosity of light oil. They flowed with such speed that the soil was held in suspension. Most of it probably deposited on the flood a was pi — — plains of the Missouri River m the Dakotas, Nebraska and on down to the Mississippi Delta. The ideal situation, of course, would be to maintain such a heavy cover of vegetation that no erosion could take place. This isn't always possible, par ticularly during and following a dry period such as we have just experi enced. And many parts of eastern and southeastern Montana is rough, badland country with nude clay buttes that won't support vegetation under any conditions. Erosion and silt-filled streams are a fact of life. But erosion to Bruce Orcutt isn't just unavoidable evil. Like cheatgrass, he regards it as a blessing of nature. Erosion made this country," he ex claims. "All of our rich farm land was built up from soil that was our rivers. an deposited by Natural Law Soil erosion, says Orcutt, is an ex ample of the Natural Law. "Man, through the use of his personal intellect, adapt himself to nature's laws and 'use' erosion for his benefit and can can ■ well being. How does Man adapt to the Natural By turning on his brain. By i i Law? grabbing a shovel, a hoe or a stick of dynamite; by climbing aboard a tractor and working to adjust nature's laws and by putting them to work for him according to his own individual circum stances," he says. "Our opportunities are limitless. Thank Heaven there is no allotment program on opportunity," he adds. Bruce Orcutt adapted to the Natural Law of Erosion by slowing down the water and allowing the soil to settle out on his ranch instead of flowing on down to the Yellowstone River. Created Meadows Through a series of step-down dams that spread the water out over the creek bottom, he has literally built hundreds of acres of fertile hay mead on what was formerly rough range ows land. Orcutt's reclamation project started 30 years age when he threw a some rock and log dam across a deep gully. Silt-bearing runoff water backed up be hind the dam and spilled over onto the rough, eroded sagebrush land. Silt filled in the low spots. Sagebrush, unable to tolerate the hi eh moisture, gradually died out. Western wheatgrass began to grow in the newly deposited soil. Where water flooded out over the land, the need for another dam became evident to further snread and slow down the water, which led to the build ing of another dam . . . and another . and another, until today he has over 25 dams on one creek that have built up some 2,000 acres of hay mead out of successive layers of sedi ows ment. The fields are as level as a table top. Four-Ton Yields On most fields alfalfa was broadcast directly in the mud with a cyclone seeder. In years of normal runoff yields better than four tons to the acre. During "alfalfa seed years" the mea are dows produce thousands of pounds of excellent seed. Orcutt's land building program has followed no set plan. It evolved. It grew the need arose. His first dams were built by shovel and horse-drawn fresno. In later years more modern earth mov ing equipment was used on some of the larger structures. "Anyone can do what we have done. It's just a case of recogni as î ) he states, tion of and adjustment to Natural Law. Bruce Orcutt is always pleased to information about his 9 9 pass on any man-made meadows which were built by using "controlled'' erosion. But he derives his greatest satisfaction from the fact that they were built with sweat and imagination instead of gov ernment assistance. Water," says Orcutt, "is our least appreciated but most important and irreplacable resource." Practical ranch ers and water users, he says, should give thoughtful consideration to the Western intermittant stream watershed law, as is presently interpreted, and encourage sound, long-term, non-subsi dized development of this great re > i * * source. Wheat Yield May Be World Record a WORLD RECORD winter wheat yield on dryland may have been pro duced in Washington State this year. Grogan Bros., Cheney, Wash., har vested 132.379 bushels per acre on 39.5 acres. The wheat was the new Gains (shorty) variety. Russia is credited with the world's top wheat yield of 144 bushels per acre in the proceedings of the 1961 International Soils Science Congress, but it is not known whether it was pro duced on dryland or under irrigation. Regardless of the conditions under which the Russian yield was produced, another Washington grower, John Bain, Quincy, probably holds the record for irrigated wheat. This year he harvested 155.5 bushels of Gains per acre on an 11-acre field in the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, The Grogan Brothers' dryland yield was produced on a field that had been in wheat in 1959. In 1960 it was seeded to barley and sweet clover. Last year the sweet clover was plowed down for green manure. The field was seeded Sept. 20 at a rate of 42 pounds of seed per acre. It was fertilized with only 32 pounds of ammonium nitrate per acre. Because of a wet spring, the Grogans were un able to spray with 2,4-D. Normal pre cipitation for that area is 16 inches a year. No Marketing Quotas On 15-Acre Growers MARKETING QUOTAS will not apply to farmers who plant 15 acres or less of wheat for harvest in 1963, according to an announcement by the U.S. Depart ment of Agriculture. Farmers who planted no wheat in the past may seed up to 15 acres without marketing quota penalties, and those with a history of less than 15 acres may plant up to 15 acres without penalty. This change in the provisions voted on by growers in the August referen dum applies only to the 1963 crop. Details on the 1963 voluntary wheat acreage reduction program as applied to 15-acre producers can be obtained from county ASCS offices.