Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 21, 1973 · Page 11
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 11

Greeley, Colorado
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Saturday, April 21, 1973
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UKKKLEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE H LYNN HEINZE, Editor New crop in high demand Costs, competition may cut turkey crop '! By DONALD M. KENDALL ' AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON .(AP) - A new Agriculture Department analysis hints that higher feed costs and more competition from beef and pork may lead to a smaller turkey supply next Thanksgiving. "Poultry prices are up sharply in 1973 but high feed costs and producers' concerns over future profitability are contributing to reduced broiler and egg output and might lead to reduced turkey output in the second half," the Outlook and Situation Board said Friday. Officials predicted that egg production the remainder of 1973 will continue below last year's levels. Egg prices, however, are expected to remain "sharply above" 1972 levels but will decline during this spring's production before rising seasonally in the summer. "Second half turkey supplies may be below a year ago," the report said. "Turkey.meat will face stronger competition from red meat, primarily pork, but there will be continued processing. "Turkey prices are expected to weaken during the summer but remain well above 1972," the report said. "Feed costs, a major outlay in poultry production, are at record levels and costs of other production items continue upward." The report said that egg production is expected to continue below 1972 levels for most of this year. "However, total supplies will remain on the low side because of reduced stocks of egg products. Egg production in the first quarter was down 6 per cent." As of March l, the report said, pullets scheduled to begin laying numbered only 3 per cent more than a year earlier. Also the first quarter hatch of replacement pullets which will enter flocks next summer showed a 3 per cent increase. Bill author sees quick congressional OK for wage, price power extension By WILLIAM L. CHAZE Associated Press Writer :.,:. WASHINGTON (AP) - A co- aulhor of a bill that would ex. ,lend wage and price control au- · thority for another year predicts its quick approval when Congress returns from Easier 1 recess on April 30, the day the iauthority is to expire. ., Kep. Henry S. Reuss, D-Wis., i said his prediction is based on -the "current disastrous inflationary indicators." Reuss, a member of the Sen- · ale-House conference com- ··· mittee that produced the com- · promise bill, referred only in .general to inflationary pressures but his comment came after the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a report saying consumer prices in March increased at the highest rate in . 22 years. A record 3.2 per cent jump in grocery prices was the biggest , , factor in the increase. That rise , followed record increases of 2.3 · .per cent in February and 2.5 per cent in January and was the largest since the BLS began tabulating grocery prices in 1952. In another economic development, the Federal Reserve System Friday announced it was increasing its discount rate from 5'/fe per cent to 5% per cent, effective Monday. The discount rate is charged member banks who borrow from their district federal reserve banks. Reuss predicted no difficulty for the control bill in the Senate because the bill is essentially identical to the original Senate- passed measure. "As for the House," he said, "the Senate provisions added in the conference report sufficiently strengthened the weak House version so as to make it acceptable to many of us who voted against the House bill on the first time around." Another conferee, Chairman Wright Patman, D-Tex., of the House Banking Committee, said he felt the White House should passe over the bill by support- have moved to break the im- ing the compromise. Colorado ag officials told to watch Texas scabie laws DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Agriculture Commission warned state officials Friday to keep tabs on possible legislation in Texas concerning the livestock disease of scabies. The commissioners voiced concern at their monthly meeting that Texas may revise its laws regarding scabies control. Colorado imports substantial numbers of livestock from Texas, and some cattlemen are worried about the spread of the disease. The commission took no action, but warned the Colorado Agriculture Department's Anr- mal Industry Division to watch the situation. Colorado now controls scabies by dipping cattle from states where scabies is a problem into vats of a chemical that controls the disease. The commission also reviewed the problems of cattlemen in southeastern Colorado who were hard-hit by recent snow storms. Commissioners seemed to agree that new estimates of losses would be substantially higher than the most recent figure of $14 million. The commission is designed to advise state officials oh agricultural matters. By JOHN SEELMEYER Tribune Intern Writer Through the years, a number of cash crops have been grown in the South Platte Valley, ranging from corn to beans to sugar beets. But now, a new entry is being grown on a 90- acre parcel of ground north of Platteville. It's grass. Not the smoking kind, but the kind used for sod- ding lawns.' Frank Stewart, who runs Emerald Bluegrass just east of U.S. 85, says he faces most of the problems faced by a homeowner, but that they are 'magnified by the sheer size of his "lawn." For example, dandelions and crabgrass, the age-old enemies of the suburban homeowner, crop up on the grass farm. Stewart says they are controlled with chemical and mechanical means much like the homeowner controls them. However, since the area upon which the farm is located once · grew corn and was deep plowed, seeds from weeds exist many inches into the soil. Thus, when one three-quarter inch layer of sod is cut, a whole new level of weed seeds are close enough to the surface to germinate. It makes the weed problem a continual fight. Then, of course, Stewart faces the problems of fertilizing and watering the sod. He approaches the problem from a different angle, though, than the homeowner. While the homeowner is primarily interested in maintaining a good looking lawn with the minimum of mowing, Stewart is working for maximum growth as quickly as possible. Under ideal conditions, Stewart fertilizes about once a week or every ten days. In addition, he tries to keep the sod continually moist to insure maximum growth. But even with this campaign for rapid growth it still takes about two years from seeding until the sod is cut and delivered, Stewart said. In the best of times, three crops can be grown in four years, he noted. Whole of o tooth ache .;. A WHALE OF A TOOTH ACHE -- Pity the poor killer whale who can't even have a tooth ache in private. This young j^ female whale, fitted with an out-sized tongue depresser, had a ; -tooth extracted Wednesday at the Seattle Marine Aquarium as the first step in the cure of a jaw infection. But before the yanking, David Harden took closeup pictures of the trouble spot for a documentary on the rare event. (AP Wirephoto) 'Chavez would rather go to jail than quit fight : COACHELLA, Calif. (AP) '. :Farm labor leader Cesar Cha- *-"vez has pledged lo go to jail ^rather than abandon an organ; izing fight with the Teamsters ;·/Union in Coachella Valley vine; ; yards. '·".· "We plan to protect our con- ^stitutional rights to strike and ;'!picket at all costs; and if that ^'means jail, we'll go lo jail," ?;Chavcz told supporters Friday. '.'/..'We'll continue to hold fast." ";'( A Superior Court judge on ^·Friday dropped contempt-of"court charges against ,111 per- ubns arrested during the week ·i'for violating a temporary re^training order limiting picket- ;';t(|g against the fields of table jjjrape growers who had signed "Teamster contracts. The pick- rite were members of Chavez' United Farm Workers Union. % Judge Fred R. Metheny also '.Modified hj» order to (hut strik- ers can picket in any number The judge included in his or- as long as they remain peaceful der a statement that "workers and do not go within 60 feet of shall be protected when they struck growers' properties. attempt to leave the fields, and U.S./ Columbia discussing disease-free livestock zone WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States and Colombia are entering discussions to establish a "disease free" zone in Colombia lo protect North American livestock from foot- and-mouth disease (FMD). An advisory committee recommended Friday that the barrier zone be created. "The Pan American highway, which Is under construction between Panama and Colombia, could provide a gateway for the movement of people and ani- mals, thus greatly increasing the danger of introducing FMD," the department said. Officials said the disease does not exist in Panama or in Central or North America but it does exist in all countries of South America. "In addition, the committee recommended development of contingency plans of eradicating widespread outbreaks of the disease that may require use of a vaccine and other modification of eradication proce- du£ei," the department nald. no person shall try to prevent workers or pickets from leaving the fields by using knives, clubs, baseball bats, grape stakes or any other dangerous instruments." Asked if he thought the revised order represented a victory, UFWU attorney Jerome Cohen responded, "You bet we did." NOTICE Anyone seeing a Yellow- Orange Kawasaki motor, cyelt, HY37I being taken from 35th AVI., South of W«l High School it approximately 7 p.m. on Widnisday, April 11, pltai* cull 353-43TO or 352- im. When the grass is mature enough to be cut, Stewart and his crew of eight use a machine resembling a power garden tiller, which has a blade cutting under the sod, along with two blades scissoring along the sides. When the proper length of sod has been cut, usually about 48 inches, another blade drops and the piece is ready for rolling and loading. As soon as the piece is cut, it's a hurried operation to transport the sod to its destination before it dries. During the summer, a piece of sod will last only two or three days before drying out. At one time, Emerald Bluegrass had a contract for sod- ding around a building in Billings, Mont. At that time, Slewart said, the cutting and loading crews worked long hours to insure the trucks would spend most of their traveling time at night, when it is cooler. Although 75 per cent of the company's business comes from the Weld County and Denver areas, Stewart says the ·company has worked in locations as diverse as Los Alamos, N.M. and Aspen. During the.months of July and August, he said, most persons in the Greeley area don't want to start lawns, even though they would probably grow as well as if planted later. When business drops off locally, the company sells more sod in Cheyenne and Laramie. Stewart says he got into the sod business almost by accident. Although he was an agronomy student at Colorado State University, his main interest at that time was soil testing. After several years of working with fertilizers in Nebraska, he moved to Los Angeles, where he had been hired to work with the soil at Forest Lawn cemetery. Much of the top soil at that cemetery had been scraped EDICTS BANNED On April 2,1571, at a meeting of Parliament, an act was passed that declared the bringing of papal edicts into England was treason. away to make contoured hills. His work trying to get something to grow on the Forest Lawn site soon got him into the area of landscaping. After working 10 years at Forest Lawn, Stewart moved to Denver to landscape the Howard Mortuary Memorial Park. At that time he became interested in sod growing "as a way to fill my spare time." He began with 17 acres of land at his present site, attracted by the area's sandy loam soil and its promily to both Greeley and Denver. Soon after getting into the business, (hough, he realized it was more than a part-time job and moved to the farm to work full-time. Presently, about 12 men work for Emerald Bluegrass during the peak summer periods. Has business been good? One indication might be found in the cutting patterns. Originally, the grass was planted so that it could be cut in an orderly fashion, moving through the field. However, to meet rising demand, the faster- growing grass along the sprinkler system was cut out of sequence and now the field is in "A crazy quilt pattern," Stewart says. Demand was so high last summer, in fact, that the grass around Stewart's home was cut and used to sod someone's lawn. Stewart says his wife still reminds him of. that incident periodically. Even I hough the work is long and hard, Stewart says innumerable satisfaction are his. " A n y t i m e you're working with plants or people," he says, "things are c o n s t a n t l y interesting." Further, he says, "The planls talk to me. You just have to know how to listen to them and they'll tell you when they're hungry or thirsty. . "Sure we work hard," Slewart says, "but 1 think people substitute something else -like worry -- when they're nol working h a r d . That's m y satisfaction." SAVE '41.95 15.5 cu. ft. 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