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Thursday, August 25,2011 THESUPERIOR EXPRESS 5A- Obituaries Cecil Morgan Cecil Dean Morgan, 88, the son of Perry and Cassie Peck Morgan, was born on May 13, 1923 in Superior. He died Saturday at Superior Good Sa- maritan Society. Heattended Lovewell grade school and high school and grew up on a farm near Webber, helping his mother with the .daily chores of gardening, gather- ing eggs and milking the cows. After his father was killed by lightning in 1955, while harvesting wheat with his brother on the farm, he moved to Supe- rior with his mother. While living in Superior he visited and helped his neighbors with odd jobs. For a period of several decades Cecil was prolific and prodigious at written correspondence. He sent birthday cards and wrote letters to cousins and rela- tives. This correspondence also ex, tended to friends of the family. After his mother died in 1976, he was a frequent visitor at his Aunt Della Roe' s farm, southwest of Superior in Jewell County; she would always pick him up and take him home with her. During the 1980s he rarely missed the Roe family gatherings at Della' s. In July of 1992 he entered the Good Samaritan Society and resided there until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Cassie, and brother. Francis Morgan, who died in a car wreck on July 3, 1971. He is survived by his nephews, Tom Morgan of Lawrence, Kan.. Tim Mor- gan of Pueblo. Colo., Ty Morgan of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Tarry Fulton of Tucson, Ariz.; a niece, Tanya Martin of Burleson, Texas: and 11 great- nieces, seven great-nephews and one great-great-nephew; and special caregiver and friend, Leota Heiden Services will be at Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior, on Friday at 2 p.m. with Missie Wilt officiating. Burial will be at Webber Cemetery. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home. Megrue-Price Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Shirley Jensby Shirley L. Jensby, 80, of Hardy, died Wednesday at Deshler. Services arepending at this time. Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior isin charge of arrangements. Clarence Pelzer Clarence P. Pelzer. 91. died Satur- day in Omaha. He was preceded in death by his parents: two brothers; five sisters: and two granddaughters, Jenny Carter and DaNelle Dye. He is survived by his wife, Irene Pelzer; son. Ronald Pelzer. Superior; seven daughters, Mrs. David Tucker (Betty), California, Mrs. Gary Thomp- son (Joyce), Omaha. Mrs. Mike Songeroth (Connie), Topeka, Kan., Mrs. Jeff Kienitz (Donna), Chadron, Mrs. Jon Stites (Diane), Omaha, Mrs. JeffSalberg (Peggy), and Debbie (Pros- per) VanderWeijden, Gretna; 19 grand- children and 27 great-grandchildren; and a sister. Charlotte Grubbe of Yutan, Neb. He was a member of the American Legion, Springfield, Neb., and recipi- ent of the Purple Heart at Leyte Gulf. Services were held Wednesday at Roeder Mortuary Chapel in Gretna. Intermenl was at Springfield Memo- rial Cemetery. BNSF expects to reopen Lincoln-Kansas City route, Sept. 16 BNSF Railway and contract work- ers have made fast enough progress on a series of bridges that the railroad's Lincoln-Kansas City, Mo., route could open by mid-September. The route closed following storms. June 20. that broke a levee near Rulo, Neb.. and washed away the roadbed between Rulo and Fortescue. Mo. BNSF has been building the bridges in order to reopen the line even while river levels remain high. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to continue releasing high water volumes from its Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota into October. When the bridges are complete, the line will be tbur feet higher and able to withstand a 100- year flood So far. BNSF forces have corn- pleted three bridges. Now they' repour- ing fill to lift the track between the bridges. Crews are filling a hole at one location that is 400 feet long and 30 feet deep. Meanwhile, work continues on two remaining bridges, and both are slated for completion by Sept. 1. Fall soccer league commences With sign-up on Sept. 1 Sign-up for the upcoming session of the Nuckolls County Youth Soccer League will be Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theatre in Superior, according to Larry Yost. who heads the soccer pro- gram. The first session will be Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the youth soccer field in Superior. then each Tuesday and Thursday during the same hours after that. The plan is to continue the season until Daylight Saving Time goes into effect, weather permitting, Yost said. A similar sign-up meeting will be subsequently held for the Lawrence and Nelson areas. The date and time will be announced. n Jill Straight from the Horse's Mouth By Duane A. Lienemarm, UNL Ext. Ed. ! We are getting to the'time of year I prefer. Football season is just around the corner, school is back in session and the Nebraska State Fair is upon us! There is something else that always seems to happen this time of year. I would bet about every where farmers meet, there are probably fresh hand- picked ears of corn being compared and thoughts of harvest are being incu- bated. This morning I witnessed the annual companson of corn ears and heard farmers trying to determine pos- sible yields. Of course the first liar never has a chance, but it did get me thinking back to Agronomy 101 and the lesson I learned years ago on deter- mining potential yield, using an ear of COrn. OK. it isn't quite that easy but there is a simple way I want to share for those who are interested or always wondered how it was done. Of course in today's world of computers, smart Jim and Loraine Smith, Superior, were awaken when they heard one,of their two dogs barking early Saturday morning. They suspected the dog had a "critter" cornered someplace. However, when they looked out their window they saw several cars near the Lost Creek bridge on West Fourth Street whose passengers were inspecting flood waters. The Smith's were surprised since much of Superior received only a half inch of rain Friday night. They soon concluded thedog was simply alerting them the flooded stream near their house. Above, Jim is pictured with his dog, "Kara" - a Caviler King Charles. by sections of a cottonwood tree along Lost Creek that had blown down onto their property in an earlier windstorm this summer. Some golfers were disappointed when the tournament planned for Saturday at the Superior Country Cub was canceled Saturday after heavy ra!ns flooded the golf course and left bridges covered withater. This picture taken northwest of the County club. Picture by Allan Gaskill phones, and iPads a lot of the work is taken out of it, But I am Still of the old school and like hands on and perhaps the use of a pencil once in awhile. Let's take a look at an age old way of trying to outguess Mother Nature. I know you won't determine your mar- ket strategies with the outcome, or at least I highly suggest that you don't, but it does give you a little idea of what may be out there. Lets look at one of the standard methods called the "Yield Component Method." The Yield Component Method in- volves use of a numerical constant for kemel weight which is figured into an equation in order to calculate grain yield. This numerical constant is some- times referred to as a "fudge-factor" since it is based on a predetermined average kernel weight. Since weight per kernel will vary depending on hy- brid and environment, the yield com- ponent method should be used only to estimate relative grain yields, i.e. "ballpark" grain yields. You should be aware that when below normal rainfall occurs during grain fill (resulting in low kernel weights), the yield compo- nent method will overestimate yields. In a year with good grain fill condi- tions (resulting in high kernel weights) the method will underestimate grain yields. It will be interesting to see what the heat at pollination does to kennel size this year. First we need to count the number of harvestable ears iq a length of row equivalent to I/1000th acre. For 30-inch rows, this would be 17 ft. 5 in. Now grab every fifth ear and then count the number of rows per ear and determine the average. (It will always be an even number.) On each of these ears count the number of kernels per row and determine the average. Do not count kernels on either end that are less than half the size of normal size kernels. Repeat the procedure for at least four additional sites across the field. Now comes the math exercise. Here is the formula: Yield (bushels per acre) equals (ear #) x (avg. row #) x (avg. kernel #) divided by 90 .... Let' s do an example: You are evalu- ating a dryland field with 30-inch rows. You counted 24 ears (per 17' 5" = row section). Sampling every fifth ear re- sulted in an average row number of 16 and an average number Of kernels per row of 30. The estimated yield for that site in the field would be (24 x 16 x 30) divided by 90, which equals 128 bu/ acre. Now if you are mathematically challenged or have a computer, you can simply go to an on-line calculator using this same method by going to: "http://ww w.w calculator.aspx ?key=cornyield" I have a simpler but probably less accurate method. This method is to select an ear (or ears) that represent the average ear size in the field. This would be appropriate for the example that I talked about of farmers bringing in Flood waters rushed down Lost Creek in the wee hours Saturday morning, after heavy rains fell north of Superior. Most of Superior received one half inch of rain. However, a golf tournament was flooded out at the Superior Country Club and as much as three inches of rain was reported near the Salem Lutheran church, nine miles north of Supenor. il, Water{)ushes over this wooden bridge access at the Superior Country Club golf course. Saturday morning, after heavy rain fell there in the wee hours of the morning. The golf tournament planned for Saturday was canceled. Picture by Allan Gaskill representanve ears to cotltee. Now snn- ply count the number of kernels per ear (# rows x #kernels/row) and then mul- tiply that number by the standard mul- tiplier of 0.300 to get a very rough yield estimate. To add a little more accuracy to the simplest method, you can count the kernels on each ear of 10 consecutive ears m a row. Then you average the counts from the 10 ears to have a better estimate of kernels per ear. Let's do an example: You grab an ear and count 12 rows per ear and 50 kernels per row which will equal 600 kernels per ear. Take that 600 x 0.300 = 180 bushels/acre. Simple! While this method is a fast way of estimating yield, it makes several as- sumptions and could be misleading. The multiplier of 0.300 assumes 27.000 ears per acre and an average seed size of 90,000 kernels per bushel. Changes m either ears per acre r kernel size affect this multiplier. Seeding rate. stress on developing plants, and pests can all change the final number of ears per acre. Not every field will have 27,000 ears per acre. If you want to adjust seed size based on the growing I I If you are not receiving The Superior Express each week. you are missing the news. features and pictures reporting on the lives of your friends and neighbors. Stop by or mail your order to either of our officest PO Box 408, Superior. Neb, 68978 * 402-879-3291 or 111 E. Main, Mankato. 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