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Farming Equipment and Methods

Description: Photograph of Don Fulton, Soil Conservation Service [SCS], Work Unit Conservationist of Ozona, Texas, shows the depth of the pits on rangeland. The pits were made with two discs on a one-way disc plow with about 3 inches cut off on one side of the discs. It was pulled with a jeep. The pits are about 3 inches deep and 4 to 5 feet long. TX-48-433.
Date: March 11, 1953
Creator: Rechenthin, C. A.
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Grass, Legume and Forb Cultivation

Description: Photograph of growth that has been made on blue panic grass planted on May 1, 1953, where the grass was irrigated. The ground was irrigated once before planting and once after planting. Shortly after this picture was made, Ellis turned 43 head of grown cattle into this 8 acre planting of panic grass and left them for one month. They were then rotated to sudan grass. The blue panic grass was about knee-high at the end of this grazing period and either be grazed again or saved for a seed crop or both before frost. Ellis, co-operator of the Hall County Soil Conservation District [SCD] (center), Chester Hofstedler, Work Unit Conservationist [WUC] (left) and W. P. Close (right), a neighbor of Mr. Ellis. TX-48-717-A.
Date: July 24, 1953
Creator: Ord, Paul
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Grass, Legume and Forb Cultivation

Description: Photograph of W. B. Close (left) and V.B. Ellis (right) showing that grass has grown well over 5 feet in the 84 days since it was planted. Close is a neighbor of Ellis’ who has had blue panic grass on his own land and was quite influential in getting Ellis to plant his grass. (See TX-48-717-A). TX-48-717-B.
Date: July 24, 1953
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Dredging and Sediment Removal from Lakes, Rivers, Harbors and Other Bodies of Water

Description: Photograph of a suction dredge in the background that is clearing channel to permit ships to dock. The sand spewing out the end of the pipeline represents soil from the Mississippi watershed farms. At this spot dredging will go on for 12 days from a 100-foot line to deep water. Dredging 500 to 550 cubic yards an hour continuously. 500 cubic yards is equal to a farm of 178.5 acres with topsoil 6 inches deep for the 12-day dredging period. Sediment here is 9 feet deep. The water must be kept at a 35-feet mean for low gulf. This job is being done by a private contractor under the supervision of U.S. Corps of Engineers. LA-62, 279.
Date: July 28, 1953
Creator: Fox, Lester
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Farming Equipment and Methods

Description: Photograph of pitting done in March, 1949. The depth of moisture under the old pit was 26 inches. On each side of the pit is wet from 8 to 10 inches. 4 ½ to 5 inch rain on March 9, 1953. TX-48-496.
Date: March 10, 1953
Creator: Fenner, O. L.
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Grass, Legume and Forb Cultivation

Description: Photograph of Mr. Rudolph Porter [left] showing Soil Conservation Service [SCS] technician W. C. Mitchell (right) the growth of sericea lespedeza planted in April 1951 in this 12 acre field. Field was transitioning from continuous peanuts and hegira [a grain / grass] production. In March 1953 300 pounds of 0-20-0 fertilizer was applied. One cutting in 1952 yielded 25 bales an acre and part-time use as a grazed field in September and October. On May 15, 1953, cutting yielded 25 bales and an expected ton per acre with the second cutting in late August. The field was then converted to part-time grazing for 75 cows in September and October. III CT 7. OK-10, 836.
Date: August 13, 1953
Creator: Fox, Lester
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Grass, Legume and Forb Cultivation

Description: Photograph of a fence line contrast. The pasture on the left has been heavily grazed with sheep. No rains have occurred in 1953. The result is that the range is almost bare. The pasture on the right has not been used as heavily and some clover still remains.
Date: July 23, 1953
Creator: Rechenthin, C. A.
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Trees, Tree Farms, Woodlands, and Forests

Description: Photograph of loblolly pine trees. These pines as shown as standing about 8 to 10 feet tall in the “A” photo [see OK-9232-A], are now twice as tall. A thinning out was performed before this “B” picture was taken. OK-9232-B.
Date: May 18, 1953
Creator: Davis, D. O.
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Water Conservation; Water Erosion; Flooding and Prevention

Description: Photograph of the Water Department, City of Shawnee, Oklahoma. Employee Tom McBride turns a valve in settling the basin at the water plant. Before the grassland conservation program was applied in the watershed of Shawnee Lake and the water was full of soil from abandoned fields, settling basins had to be cleaned every two weeks. Now they are cleaned on an average of every 2½ months. The basins hold 750,000 gallons of water. When [unclear] are cleaned, the city loses not only all the water but all the chlorine that has been added. OK-10, 803.
Date: August 10, 1953
Creator: Fox, Lester
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Livestock

Description: Photograph of the C. J. Dolmer Ranch, showing the use of a homemade squeeze gate. OK-10-843
Date: December 1953
Creator: Ray, H. C.
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Land Clearance, Cultivation & Brush and Weed Control

Description: Photograph of the portion of the area aerially sprayed by chemicals in June 1953 to kill brush on the C. J. Dohmer Ranch. The men in the picture are, left to right, Lowry Walker, aerial spray applicator, Louis Reid. Associate editor, Country Gentleman, C. J. Dohmer, owner, and Bus Cordray, foremen. OK-10-845.
Date: November 1953
Creator: Ray, H. C.
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Conservation Planning

Description: Photograph of Soil Conservation Service [SCS] Work Unit staff at Wewoka, Oklahoma. From left to right: Ralph E. Craburn, state aid; Raymond A. Holley, engineering aid; Rufus C. Martin, conservation aid; W.C. Mitchell, Work Unit Conservationist [WUC]; and, Mrs. Avis H. Merideth, clerk. OK-10, 827.
Date: August 13, 1953
Creator: Fox, Lester
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Grass, Legume and Forb Cultivation

Description: Photograph of Hollis R. Williams, State Conservationist, Soil Conservationist, for Arkansas, standing in an area of native grasses in excellent condition. The area was aerially-sprayed with chemicals to control brush in June, 1952. OK-846.
Date: October 1953
Creator: Ray, H. C.
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Water Conservation; Water Erosion; Flooding and Prevention

Description: Photograph of a new Bermuda grass waterway which was sodded using Bermuda roots on February 25, 1953, and planted to corn on March 25, 1953. Cultivation of corn stimulated the growth and spread of the grass which was almost a solid cover when the photo was taken. A fair yield of corn was made. S. E. Jones, Soil Conservation Service [SCS] technician, holds one of the Bermuda grass runners which is around 18 inches long. Class III, Soil Unit 2 BL. See TX-48-593-A. TX-48-593-B
Date: September 1953
Creator: Brock, C. G.
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society

Water Conservation; Water Erosion; Flooding and Prevention

Description: Photograph of a new waterway that has been marked out as shown in this photo. Note posts in the right and left background which designate the waterway boundaries. The waterway has an average width of 125 feet and follows a natural depression. After cotton has been picked the seed bed will be prepared and the waterway location will be sodded to Bermuda grass. Class III, Soil Unit 2, BL. TX-48-835.
Date: August 1953
Creator: Brock, C. G.
Partner: Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society
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