The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 05, 1986, Image 20

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And get a free phone. callAmerlca 106 E. 26th /Bryan, TX 779-1707 Farmer controls spending t> ic to avoid harvesting red ink EDROY (AP) — Down on Bobby Nedbalek’s farm, the grain sorghum crop is in. Cotton harvesting conies next. But the one crop that Nedba- lek hopes never to harvest is red ink. To keep that from happening, this 45-year-old farmer has his own approach to agriculture. You could call it the Nedbalek Farm Policy. The centerpiece of the Nedbalek Farm Policy involves spending. He doesn’t. Not if he doesn’t have the money. Not if he has to borrow from the bank. In this era of bigger farms barely making it on wafer-thin profits, Nedbalek is a small farmer who manages to get by. He is a survivor of 19 years of the inevitable boom- bust cycles that have plagued farm ers since farming began. Unlike many farm families that have gone under in recent years, in cluding some of Nedbalek’s neigh bors, he has survived, he believes, because he is frugal and cautious. “I have never made a payment on an appliance or a car,’’ Nedbalek said last week. // he buys, he pays cash. But iu many cases, he doesn't buy at all. When he needed an eight-row planter, for example, he welded two old four-row planters together. It worked. ■. 0DFS ■-year-i |gos resta Big, adt siveaboi 1 One a If he buys, he pays cash. But in many cases, he doesn’t buy at all. When he needed an eight-row plan ter, for example, he welded two old four-row planters together. It worked. If one word to describes Nedba lek, it is careful. His buzzwords are “preventive maintenance.” He waxes his farm machinery twice a year. He bought his first trac tor the same year he had his first son — 19 years ago. Both still work on the farm. Nedbalek’s caution does not re veal itself as success by some stan dards. There is no Cadillac in his driveway. The family home is an abandoned house that was reno vated. His natural disinclination against spending money, Nedbalek believes, has given his family a good life in farming. "We’ve gotten where we are by be ing as careful as we knew how,” he said. Nedbalek said he doesn’t plan doing anything differently, even though he expects his farm income to drop by at least 20 percent next year. Farm economists are predicting that a new government farm pro gram promises an upheaval for the family farm in the next few years that may leave casualties even in South Texas, one of the last areas to feel the nationwide farm crisis. Commodity prices are the lowest they have been in 10 years, accord ing to Darwin Anderson, San Pat ricio County agriculture extension agent. 1 he 1985 farm bill is supposed to put U.S. crops on the world market by forcing American prices to a level competitive with foreign commodi ties. This in turn should reduce the amount of surplus crops in y United States. In the meantime, Anderson sail there will be a shake-up in the fan industry — a realigning of piodu et s and how they operate. Anderson predicts farmers will! plowing less often and cutting fee on the amount of lettilizco .wdht 1 bit ides they use t hf ‘ l<: ‘ l " “Most people are not buyingMi^r° ar ’ equipment — the little things—thtH,,. < h i \ c .i pickup fot anotha^ 1 wei1 veai,’’ he said. Nedbalek measures his words, Ins dollars, before he spends then ‘Tin trying to comply with farm bill. ” Nedbalek said. Referring to the nation's agm ture. he added, “I look at itasagh renewable resource, and it has to managed. Farmers are notinthtp sition to manage a resource ofi country, and the government doing the best it can.” Fot Nedbalek’s son. John Djii who liegan driving a tractor at we entr\ into the business will likdtli easier than it was for his latheuli started lai ming some three veatsi let college graduation. Bdgeha :,Bndo it R said, Bh the s fnvitatio Rietl bv wi- silen R Conti. ^■sre tin Btriain t Nedbalek said, "I wasn’t bt enough to take that step, am didn't know if 1 could handleget! a paycheck once a year. When 11 started farming, we had a carat ml he hank and a to little mom desire.” stmt After merits, Nedbalek took out a F Home Administration loan, a tractor and took the leap. “We made a lot of sacrifice but those sacrifices were wh; it possible to stav in the busin said. Woman remembers plane’s historic flighi POTTSBORO (AP) — It happened more than 75 years ago, but to a Grayson County native who wit nessed the first airplane flight over the county, it still is a very real thing. In fact Beulah Dickson has plans to be on hand at the Grayson Airport on the morning of Oct. 5 when the replica of t he Vin Fiz sets down in Grayson County. On the morning of Oct. 17, 1911, the original Vin Fiz plunked down in Jim Bryant’s pasture about a mile southwest of Pottsboro. Then Beulah Belle Bennett, 1 1, and her father, Pottsboro Bank President J. Frank Ben nett, picked up the pilot. Gal Rodgers, and drove him into Pottsboro for fuel. “Everyone who ran out into the field where the plane landed were given the chance to autograph one of the wings,” Dickson said. “There were already so many names on the wings that I had a hard time f inding a place to write my name.” The plane was similar to today’s ultra light planes. This time it will be an ultra light plane, clubbed Vin Fiz II, that Jim Lloyd will pilot in attempting to retrace the actual llight. While he would like to park the plane at the same spot in the pasture, Lloyd says he will be looking for more stable landing sites, which is why Gray son Airport may be his landing spot this time around. The 1911 plane was supposed to have landed in Den ison but Rodgers, who was following the railroad tracks, apparently couldn’t find a landing spot any closer than Pottsboro. The Vin Fiz got its name from an orange drink that sponsored the trip. Rodgers was seeking to fly from coast to coast in 30 days or less for a $50,000 prize of fered by publisher William Randolph Hearst. His 30 days elapsed while he was in North Texas, but the intrepid pilot continued until he completed the journey and drew bigger and bigger crowds after the time limit had lapsed. On Sept. 17, 1911, Rodgers lifted off from Sheepshead Bay, Long Island. On that same day in 1986, Lloyd will take to the air in his ultra light version. Lloyd will seek out the same stops at nearh the: times his illustrious predecessor accomplished. “It is something that I will never forget," Dickxi called. ’It still is the most exciting day of m\ life. “My father had a red 1909 Btiitk Overlan c limbed in and we drove out to where the plane landed in the pasture. There already wasabiga on hand. “We picked him up and took him to town togets gas. 1 remember he was in a hurry. He kept rushinj We got two five-gallon cans and filled them with and hurried back to the plane.” She said Rodgers strained the gas a plane. “Then before he took off again, my handiul of cigars.” she said. “He shoved one tn I mouth and the test in his pocket and c limhoi lud- the plane.” Author E.P. Stein, who wrote a Ixiok about thefli, of the Vin Fiz published by Arbor House in 1985,s. the flight was greater than Lindberg’s flight acrosstk Atlantic, since 3.()(M) miles in a plane then was like tip million miles. A Vin Fiz box car was on a special train that Rodgci followed across country, he said. The top of the car Its marked so Rodgers could spot it from the air. U1 strips were supposed to mark the route hewastofa low, but more often than not he missed themmai! had to retrace his flight. Rodgers literally held the plane together with bak wire. He used gasoline, alcohol and any kind of k that he could find that would burn to keep thepk aloft. He did complete the first cross country (lightHf was given a medal of honor by President Howard Taft There is a story that after Rodgers landed in For Worth, he was handed a telegram telling ol a manta: shot by his wife in Pottsboro in an argument overwk direction Rodgers has departed. Dickson discountsik tale. “Why I never heard anything like that in my lik she said. “If it had happened in Pottsboro, evervmr town would have known about it.” crourts CJY M © OF COLLEGE STATION IS NOW OPEN