Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

CHATHAM — Farmers in Marquette and Alger Counties can now use a no-till seeder for free. The Alger Soil Conservation District has purchased a Haybuster 107 disc drill, which plants no-till, minimum till or conventionally. Grass, legume and grain seeds can be planted with the 107, according to ASCD officials, and can be applied in virtually any combination. “The reason we chose the Haybuster was that it had adequate weight for penetration,” said Bob Buehrly, ASCD board member. The colters, or discs, are independent, he said, “so if you hit a high spot it can lift up without lifting two-thirds of the others. The seeding capabilities are better for introducing grasses.” No-till seeding may not provide the floury seedbed of conventional plowing, but it has significant advantages, said Buehrly. “You’re not opening up the ground and inverting it until there is nothing locking the soil down,” he said. “We’re trying to get away from water and wind erosion. We’re also which is financed by money assessed from the Exxon Corp. for over-charges. Because it plants in a single operation, without previous tilling of the soil, the seeder saves energy and fuel costs.

60 years ago

K. I. SAWYER — Pilots from K. I. Sawyer Air Base continued mock rescue operations over Lake Superior today, utilizing the base helicopter. Termed a routine training mission by base officers, the pilot in the helicopter is Lt. Jay Strayer. The mission is designed to simulate a rescue operation of the type that would take place if a man was forced to bail out of an airplane, officers said. Yesterday the hoist work was done in hour shifts, in the morning and afternoon off the Harvey Beach. The mission was to be continued this afternoon.