Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on September 13, 1976 · Page 15
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 15

Garden City, Kansas
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Monday, September 13, 1976
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Record Corn Outlook-Now Page Garden jCity Telegram Monday, Sept. 13,1976 WASHINGTON (AP) — The 5.89 billion bushels of corn nearly ready for the full harvest across the United States is more than corn-growers were expecting last week but less than the estimate of some crop analysts. Officials quietly note it is still a record — the largest corn crop in history by nearly 125 million bushels, if the weather doesn't further shrivel it. But not even Don Paarlberg, chief economist for the Agriculture Department, tried to pretty up the damage of August in meetings with reporters Friday after release of the Crop Reporting Board's latest estimates, based on Sept. 1 field surveys. "August weather treated U.S. farmers unkindly," he began, and then he ticked it off: —Corn down 5 per cent in a month, the yield down to 82.8 bushels an acre from 86.2 bushels last year, with losses averaging three bushels an acre nationwide and up to eight in Iowa and five in Illinois. —The four major feedgrains of corn, barley, oats and sorghum combined, 184 million metric; tons, virtually the same as last season. —Wheat, 2.139 billion bushels, a record by five million bushels thanks to better prospects for durum. —Wheat and rice combined, the world's major foodgrains, 64 million metric tons, 1 per cent below last year. —Soybeans, with the supply situation already "one of tightest" on the market, 1.27 million bushels, down 70 million bushels from a month ago and 16 per cent below 1975. —All oilseeds, 40 million tons, a drop of 13 per cent from last year. "If -weather is normal for the rest of the year," he said, "over-all crop production for 1976 will be third largest in history, exceeded only by the crops of 1973 and 1975." A month ago, Paarlberg was emphasizing an incoming "second-largest harvest in our history." Continued stress on the crops in the north-central states caused the drops, as summerlong pockets of drought persisted. About one million of the almost 73 million acres still in corn was tagged for silage instead of grain in August, mostly in the worst-hit states of South Dakota and Minnesota, the board said. For consumers, the message of the report is that USDA may have to make a "modest upward adjustment" — perhaps 1 per cent — in its current expectation that retail food prices will rise 3 to 4 per cent in the first six months of 1977 over the first half of this year, Paarlberg said. Farmers, he insisted, "are not in trouble." Those who have grain to sell should see some marginal boosts in the market prices for their crops, which have been substantially pulled down by the sheer magnitude of the production this season. Those in the drought areas will be helped by USDA relief programs, he said. "Had the crop been the huge one foreseen on July 1, there might have been real price distress for farmers," Paarlberg said. "Had it been as poor as the dought-stricken crop of 1974, there might have been price distress for consumers." Mon. - Tues. - Wed. Sept. 13, 14, & 15 KING mi wum CREATIVE COlOll PORTRAITS FOR ONLY WOULD 'OU REPEAT THE QUESTION, MA'AM? COULD 4U> REPKRASE THE QUESTION,MA'AM? A^BE W COULD ASK A DIFFERENT QUESTION . HOU) uWl-D IT BE IF I U)ENT OUT THE DOOR. ANC 1 CAME SACK. IN A6AIN ? T THE RYATTS- MOM, YOU HAFTA COVEP MV 000KS TONIGHT/ PON'T FOffGET TO PffESS MV ffUFFLED PLOU6E, MOAV.J'M WEARING IT TO 6CHOOL . , TOMORROW/ „ WHEN YOU FINISH THAT, MOM, I NEED HELP WITH VOU &Uf?£ APE LUCKY NOT HAVING TO WORRVABOUT HOMEWORK/ MOOSE- fsiR.THIS GENTLEMAN WOULDJ GOOD/ LIKE To WORK FOR OURr-^I HOP£ VOLJ ~ COMPANY . r /7-^COME Hl&HU-' RECOMMENDED THIS IS INDEED A GLOWIN0 LETTER OF RECOMMENOATIOH-•• HOWEVER, I WOULD PREFER ONE WRITTEN ftV SOME PERSOKl OTHER Extra Charge for GROUPS NO LIMIT *»*. HI WHIM! HIM Of GUIOM. CUmiU, DU, MOM i» 111 IK DIM MUM MX UK UW Will SHUGART niiO PHOTOS MICKEY MOUSE- i "ANT A\AKE OP AW AMNP- £>0 I'LL TR.Y ALL/ Photo Hours 9-8 DISCOUNT CENTER ?FLAVORS& | VANILLA V 3 ! STACK 10 3FFEE. J TOA\A,TO te|? ill »Bs 1 CALUEP yOO, VOC, ZOOM AS I SAW HIM LEAVE THE ICE-CREAAV PARLOR. S BLONDIE- THIS RAISIM PIE is 'STALE.' THIS PIE MUST'VE BEEN AROUND HERE FOR WEEKS' e win ~ * st each other in the marketpl Frank Anderson, Jr., Ford County, Kansas, wheat farmer and PROMARK participant I'M SURPRISED VOUR KITCHEN HASN'T BEEN CONDEMNED.' • WELL, WHAT MAKES YOU SO SURE IT HASN'T SEEN? DOONESBURY- The PROMARK Producer Marketing System is designed to help you and your neighbors have more muscle in the marketplace through a cooperative effort. To have maximum effectiveness, however, PROMARK must have the continued solid participation from its current supporters. Plus a substantial commitment from many others in the year to come. The professional PROMARK marketers are currently searching out, and negotiating with, large quantity wheat buyers both here and abroad. They work full time to find the optimum marketing opportunities for PROMARK wheat. Of course, the larger the volume of wheat committed to PROMARK, the greater the potential of it having impact in the marketplace. So the goal of everyone associated with the program is to have a significant increase in the number of participants, and the size of their commitments, for the second year of PROMARK. OMh Here are just a few reasons given by farmers for signing up with PROMARK at their local cooperative: in favor of PROMARK because if you do not raise anything, you're under*no obligation. But if you're lucky enough to have a good crop, you can let somebody else worry about the marketing of it. Bill Maskus, Jetmore, Kansas I'm a professional producer of farm commodities; but not a professional marketer. Winston Ham, Phillips County, Colorado I think PROMARK, in the long run, should create a better demand for our wheat and level out prices. Frank Slander, Greenwood, Nebraska I want to see this program go, and I felt like anything 1 could do to help it along would be worthwhile. Rodger Funk, Garden City, Kansas (signed up 100% of wheat acreage) SUTTON! UWT& YOU DOING OWN HBR&? SAME AS YOU, I 6UKS-BRIBFIN6 UHAT CARTER, HELPING WAS IT HIMCKWKUPFOK. LIKE-? TH5 BIG DEBATES! / I THINK YOU'LL FINDITANEWERI- YOU'YEEVERHAD! \ ANY TIPS? YEAH, WATCH K/DwrmiHe COIN-CHANGER. STEVE CANYON- THAT SUMMER MAX HAV£...TO&E&Ll/NT, f?TB/e, 16 THERE RUN OFF WfTH 50M6 -AH-A POSSISILITy.. ^ OTHER /MAN ? ITHOU6HTOFTOAT- To HAVE LfifT wrrw NO fiXPLANATION/ TO Be "NO preTTY WOMAN WOULD PRACTICAL... 60 ROMANCINfi -AND LtAVt . AN£W5/LKNe< 5 L , 6EEAK)C , V $UPPER5 KX? HER. P055IBLC SUCCESSOR./ BEETLE BAILEY- farmers meeting the challenge togetln Join your neighbors in PROMARK. If you were signed up last year, you deV.' PON'T £HAKt MV APPLE TREE.' .'CM, WE PIPN'T 5f4AK6 IT MEM MOW PO YOU EXPLAIN ALL HOSE APPLES ON IT'S A eoov PAV FOR ^Oc< ,V. ^ SNUFFY SMITH- will need to come into the office to declare your acreage and sign a new addendum. Support PROMARK by increasing Sign up now through October 31,1976. THE GARDEN CITY CO-OP SUPPORTS commitment. PROMARK U BET A QUftRTER IT'S FIXIW'TO RfllN TODAY, LOWEEZY WE SOT A TWENTY- FIVE CENT CHANCE OF RAIN TODAY, PAW

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