HAYS DAILY NEWS I'ACtK 23 December 12, 1978 Kansas Wheat Output Third Largest TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) Although the state's 339 million bushel wheat harvest was 3 per cent below last year's 350.9 million bushels, the 1976 crop ranked as the third largest on record, the Kansas Crop and Livestock Reporting Service said Friday. ..The 1976 crop was seeded on 12.9 million acres, 1 per cent over 1975. Area harvested for grain, at 11.3 million acres, was 7 per cent less than the 12.1 million acres harvested a year earlier, Abandonment, at 12.4 per cent of this year's crop, was well above recent years and was more than double 1975. The average yield of 30 bushels per harvested acre was one bushel above 1975, The 1976 wheat season began with poor conditions. Seeding in the fall was well behind normal, primarily in the south central and southwest. Depleted moisture supplies caused seeding to be delayed for moisture that never came. Some farmers ended up dusting in many acres at a late date. -The crop went into the winter with short top growth and limited root development. Snows were light during the winter. High winds in February and March resulted in considerable chiseling and eventual abandonment of wheat acres in the southwest quarter. Besides wind erosion, a considerable amount of winter kill and a May 3 freeze did extensive damage, particularly in east central and southeast counties. Heavy rains in late April helped improve yields beyond 'expectations. Quality of the 1976 crop, based on protein content, was slightly below average but somewhat better than the 1975 crop.. Protein content was 11.7 per cent, .3 per cent above 1975, but slightly below the 1965-1974 average of 11.8 per cent. Test weight Was 61.2 pounds per bushel, compared with 61.4 last year and a 10-year average of 61.6 pounds. Moisture content averaged 13 for 1976, compared with 12.8 in 1975. Oat production totaled nearly 10,1 million bushels, well above 6 million bushels produced in 1975. Yield averaged 42 bushels per acre from 240,000 harvested acres. Oats were planted on 300,000 acres in 1976, well above the 190,000 acres planted in 1975. The crop got off to a good start due to late April rains. Barley production, at nearly 2.6 millton bushels, was well above 1.9 million bushels produced in 1975, with a yield of 34 bushels per harvested acre. The 1976 crop was seeded on 90,000 acres with 67,000 harvested for grain, Rye for grain was a relatively small crop with a 1976 production of 255,000 bushels. Acreage harvested for grain totaled 15,000 acres of 1)0,000 seeded. Yield per harvested acre, at 17 bushels, was down four bushels last year. Kansas pasture and range condition as of Dec. 1 was reported at 65 per cent\ of normal, six points below the 10-year average and the lowest Dec. 1 condition since 1966. 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BROADWAY AT 29th STREET HAYS, KANSAS Grain Total U.S. Record WASHINGTON (UPI) The Agriculture Department Friday reported that the 1976 wheat crop reached a new record of 2,147,408,000 bushels, up 20.8 million bushels from previous forecasts and a narrow 12.6 million bushels above last year's record of 2,134,833,000. The year's final wheat estimate, based on Dec. 1 conditions, was the first issued for the crop since the October forecast of 2,126,049,000 bushels. The new estimate reaffirmed earlier indications that wheat production this year was substantially above projected demand — a development which has depressed market prices because economists are predicting the carryover of surplus wheat will rise to nearly l billion bushels by the time the 1977 crop is harvested next summer. The new estimates, which contained few surprises, appeared to make no change in previous official forecasts that this year's crops were big enough to hold retail food inflation in 1977 close to this year's reduced 3 per cent rate. Agriculture Department economists have predicted — on the basis of the big wheat crop, a record corn harvest, and an increased 1976 global grain harvest — that retail food prices next year will rise by about 3 to 4 per cent. The crop report also included new summaries of 1976 production of crops Including cotton, potatoes, rice, oats, barley, rye,' burley tobacco and citrus fruits. Friday's report also noted that production of the fall potato crop was a record 302.8 million hundredweight compared with 299.2 million forecast last month and 288.7 million produced last year. ' The cotton crop, estimated at 9.891 million bales In November, was up to 10.264 million bales compared with last year's subnormal 8.302 million. Production of other crops included: Rice — 117 million cwt compared with 112.4 million last month and 128 million last year. Oats — 562.5 million bushels cornpared with a September estimate of 564 million and last year's crop of 657.6 million. Barley — I177.3 million bushels compared with the September estimate of 355.2 million niul lasti year's 383.9 million. Rye — 1(1.7 million bushels compared with the September estimate of 17.4 million and last year's 17.9 million. Pecans — 100.9 million pounds compared with an October forecast of 114.4 million and last year's crop of 246.11 million. Pasture and range conditions were estimated at 04 per cent of normal compared with 74 per cent In 1975. Vote Certified: Carter Elected WASHINGTON (UPI) — It's official. ^immy Carter defeated Gerald R. Ford for the presidency Nov. 2. Certified results from the 50 states and the District of Columbia, completed late Fri""day," sKbwed Carter's margin was 1,681,417 votes out of the record 81,681 cast. The Democratic candidate got 40,827,394 to the Republican President's 39,145,977. Independent candidate Eugene McCarthy got 745,042 and a long list of minor party candidates and write-ins got 963,505. The vote canvasses were completed in preparation for certification of electors in Monday's electoral college balloting. Carter carried states with 297 electoral votes with Ford winning 241. None of the other candidates carried states to win electoral votes. The vote total was almost 4 million higher than the previous record year, 1972, when 77.9 million Americans voted. But the percentage of turnout, based on an estimated volingage population of 150 million, was only 54 per cent, dpwn 1.5 per cent from four years ago. It was the lowest turnout since 148, when 51.3 per cent of the eligible population voted. ""* Carter got 49.98 per cent of the total vote but 51.05 per cent of the 79,973,371 votes cast for him and Ford. His margin was more than three times the plurality by which Richard Nixon beat Hubert Humphrey in 1968. After McCarthy, the leading minor party candidate was Libertarian Rogern MacBride with 183,187. Behind him was American Party candidate Lester Maddox with 170,673; American Independent candidate Thomas Anderson with 153,009; Socialist Workers candidate Peter Came jo with 90,109; Communist Gus Hall with 58,689; Peoples Party candidate Margaret Wright with 48,891; and U.S. Labor candidate Lyndon LaRouche with 40,008. Soviet Fishing Limits Extended MOSCOW (UPI) — The Soviet Union, in a sharp policy reversal, has joined the United States and a growing number of other nations in extending its fishing limits from 12 to 200 miles. The Presidium of the Soviet parliament, which issued the decree Friday, described the measures as "temporary." It said "urgent measures" were needed to protect Soviet resources until an international agreement on the use of oceans could be worked out at the United Nations Sea Law conference. Western economists expressed surprise at the Soviet decision. Moscow runs one of the world's biggest fishing fl55s and until recently professed opposition to extension of limits by other nations on a unilateral basis'. Izvestia, the government newspaper which published the decree, gave no explanation for the move. The economists said Moscow apparently decided to follow the United States and other countries in increasing fishing areas so as not to be left behind. By, doing so, Soviet leaders gave themselves a stronger bargaining position with those nations that already haw declared 200-mile limits or intend to do so shortly—such as the European Common Market. The Common Market is expected to order a 200-mile limit off the shores of its member states next Jan, 1. Norway also is to Introduce the bigger limit next year. Japan and the Scandinavian countries were expected to be hit most severely by the restrictions, which affect the 4,500-mile long Soviet Pacific Coast, the Baltic Sea coast and the Barents Sea north of Norway. Vest Also Proves To Be Bullproof LOS ANGELES (UPI) - A bulletproof vest can also serve as a bullproof vest, Deputy Sheriff Teddy Prendergrass has discovered. Prendergrass, 34, was helping animal control officers round up a bull and a cow that had escaped from a pen in the packing house district when the bull turned on the deputy, goring him in the chest. Prendergrass was spared from a serious wound and suffered only minor injuries, the sheriff's office said, because he was wearing a bDJMwrf vest made of a lough fabric and issued to all deputies last year.
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