The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 23, 1976 · Page 3
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Hays, Kansas
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Thursday, December 23, 1976
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HAYS DAILY NEWS PAGE 3 December 23, 1976 Wheat Planting Reduced I WASHINGTON (UPI) ; American farmers have cut ! winter wheat planting for 1977 ; by 3 per cent and dry weather ; may hold the eventual harvest ! 8 per cent below this year's . crop, the Agriculture Depart; ment says. ; The predicted cutback came ; on the heels of record 1975 and • 1976 total wheat harvests ' which have piled up a heavy ! surplus and depressed farm ; prices. ; The department's Crop Re' porting Board yesterday said a Dec. l survey showed farmers, perhaps partly influenced by low prices this year following two straight record crops, planted only 55,845,000 acres of 1977 winter wheat. This was 3 per cent below the 57,708,00 acres seeded for this year's harvest. In addition to the acreage cut, officials said, prospective per-acre yields on Dec. 1 appeared likely to be only 25.8 bushels per acre — compared But Larger Kansas Crop Is Predicted with 27.1 bushels for 1976 because of a lack of moisture and other weather problems including a lack of protective snow cover for the crop. Putting the acreage and peracre yield estimates together, officials said the 1077 winter wheat harvest could be cut to 1.438 billion bushels compared with this year's 1.S66 billion bushels and the 1975 record crop of 1.653 billion bushels. Winter wheat normally makes up about three quar : ters of total U.S. wheat production, and the projected cutback in production does not threaten any shortage for consumers. When next year's spring ; TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) ; Wheat experts believe 'the ; estimate of a larger 1977 • Kansas crop will have little • effect on the market situation. ! The 1977 wheat crop was : predicted Wednesday at 356.4 ; million bushels, surpassing ; the 1976 crop in size. ; Earl Hayes of Stafford, ' president of the Kansas As', sociation of Wheat Growers, '. said, "I can't see this is going ; to have any major impact on I our market situation." , I Hayes said storage would be" ! a problem of increased ! production, adding that far; mere have been asking what ; to do with a larger crop. He ' said support prices and new ', programs would have a " bearing on what to do. Kansas Farm Bureau President John Junior Armstrong, ;„ Manhattan, said he believes it will have no effect on farmers', cash basis. "We're in such' a surplus situation that even weather conditions don't matter," ...Armstrong said. "We've got a ,.;surplus of wheat to last us for ./two years even if we don't cut L -,a bushel next year. . "1 think the only thing that ..can help our wheat price is for some country to come in and ., buy a large amount of wheat. I .•-can't imagine wheat prices in : \Kansas going any lower." • , \ The Kansas Crop and Lives- V^tock Reporting Service said ., -Kansas farmers bucked the .national trend and planted 13.2 million acres of winter wheat, 2 per cent more than a year .-.earlier and the largest , acreage since the fall of 1952 ..when 14.3 million acres were seeded. ••.. By comparison, wheat ,.;farmers • nationwide 1 cut ^planting of 1977 winter wheat . -by 3 per cent, causing experts to predict the total American -..crop will fall 3 per cent below ..; this year's level. ;"._'• If Kansas production esti- ,- mates prove correct, the 1977 wheat crop is added to the winter wheat harvest, the combined 1977 crop could be close to total demand which has been estimated at. 1.795 billion bushels in the current season — and any shortfall could be covered from a carryover reserve which is expected to reach over 1 billion bushels by next summer, the highest level since the early 1960's. Wednesday's report said the downturn in acreage was the first decline in winter wheat plantings since 1970. The report also estimated farmers planted 2.9 million acres of rye for 1977 harvest, down 1 per cent from 1976 to the lowest level on record. Troops On Patrol Israeli troop* patrol Manger Square In front of the Church of Nativity In Bethlehem Wednesday during final preparations for Chrlitmai celebration*, the eight (Ince Israel occupied the West Bank of Jordan In the 1967 Middle Eait war. (UPI Photo). * state crop will be 5 per cent larger than the 1976 crop of 339 million bushels, but 7 per cent below the record 484.8 million bushels produced in 1973 The prospective yield of 27 bushels per seeded acre, is slightly above the 26.3 bushels per seeded acre obtained in 1976. The slight increase in yield combined with a 2 per cent increase in seeded acreage accounts for the larger projected production. The 1977 yield forecast is based on the condition of wheat as of Dec. 1 and current available moisture supplies, and assumes that weather and other factors between now and harvest time, will be normal. Wheat Growers Want Loan Rates Boosted QUANAH, Tex. (UPI) Wheat producers need government action to increase crop prices and increased government loans, says the president of the Texas Wheat Producers Association. Winston Wilson said Wednesday government action must be taken to relieve depressed prices caused by record global wheat production through controls or some other means. He said wheat producers would like to see government loan rates for wheat increased and extended from 11 months to a three-to five-year period. "We also need a little higher loan rate that reflects a substantial cost of production because our. current cost of production is in the neighborhood of $3.50 (per bushel). In a $2.25 loan program you can't survive two years on that," he said. The government recently raised the 1977 wheat loans from $1.50 to $2.25 per bushel. Sincere best wishes for Christmas happiness this happy season. *nEDBAlL WILLIAMS VAN LINES Ag0nt • American Red Ball Transit Co. Local • Long Distance • Moving and Storage 6th * Fort Hays 913-625-6566 X " |\Aay love and happiness decorate your holiday and everyone arounql your tree share the special joy that only Christmas brings! At this festive season we reach out to greet the friends who mean so much to us all year through. Thanks for being part of our lives. Merry, /NAerry Christmas! FIRST NATIONAL BANK Serving Today's Banking Net* MEMBER TOId

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