Casper Star-Tribune from Casper, Wyoming on March 3, 1935 · 45
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Casper Star-Tribune from Casper, Wyoming · 45

Casper, Wyoming
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Sunday, March 3, 1935
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ANNUAL, WYOMING EDITION 1935 THE CASPER TRIBUNE -HERALD FAGE 3 CONFIDENCE RETURNS TO AGRICULTURE WITH GAIN IN" pN'COURAGED by what must be regarded a3 a favorable showing in the lace of extreme drought conditions. Wyoming agriculture has turned its back on an old year with new courage and- determination, confidence runs high that progress v.;:'. be resumed where it was almost, abruptly terminated early last year. The marvel is that ror.aiikred ly from the standpoint of values, total production of larm crops all tut reached the valuation placed c:i tho-e of the year preceding. Viewed from arvther standpoint this react d aii-iiust another basic indus-try livestock bt -cause the lusher pr;;e of feed h'-lped to make it possible, and in many instances it was the sackmar. who prxiuced the c:cp. which was decidedly short m volume In turn he was farced to feed it to livestock who-:? value failed to reflect, the upt-rn in values. There were some bright spots in the production picture, however, and the most enduring benefit demonstrated was that, credited to irrigation. Thousands of acres of irrigated lands helped maintain the production record, contributing cash crops that swelled the total. Dry-lards did not fare as well. It was estimated by the weather bureau late in the year that the deficiency of precipitation under the r.ormal total was the equivalent cf a three-inch sheet of water covering the entire Ft 1'e. Item-fits I?aie Total VALUE OF STATE FARM CROPS valu year 1932 Cat I By to Ci Wye age. bene inter; a mo of S14.S31.O30 the preceding and a total of $11,215,000 in, vher. values reached their low- -oint. adding approximately $700,000 irr.-hog and wheat benefits paid :nir.g fanners for reduced acre-ar.d another $772,200 in similar fit o susar beet producers, the a. e in crop values for the vear anted to about $1,400,000 The by shipments from leading producing sections. Big Horn basin growers loaded out 26 carloads of prime birds for the Thanksgiving and holiday trade and the movement from other sections was proportionately heavy. Prices were higher. Honey production in Wyoming last year was nearly twice that of 1933 and revenue was ako double that of the preceding year. Produc- f 5 fi. : i 5 towrsann - 4 i A New at the Riverton golf course, a CWA project. Der-pit lowest yields end the heaviest abandonment on record, the farm value of all crops produced in the state last year, as fixed on December 1, was $14,744,000, exclusive of the sugar beet crop, according to compilations of the Wyoming Crop and Livestock Reporting service. This cT1r","',H to an aggregate sugar beet crop of approximately 434.000 tons was worth more than S2.0C0.0C0 to farmers at the time of delivery and subsequent returns will be ba.-,ed on the market price of sugar. Other Farm Income Other sources of farm income, wh.le curtailed in some sections severely, contributed to an imposing total. Included was the dairy industry, which paid substantial returns m cream and milk crocks under limited production. The poultry business was also an important fac'or. Final figures probably will shew a considerable gain in the t'"'r-- r'k rs reflected tion in 1934 was approximately 3,-OOOXOO pounds, for which growers received $157,500. The production in 1933 was only 1,750,000 pounds and returns amounted to $74,375. Twenty-five thousand bee colonies are working for the 300 beekeepers in the state, and the largest apiary has 1200 hives. Drought conditions in dry land areas conformed closely to those in the country at large, but the situation was better in the irrigated regions, notably the Big Horn basin and watered lands of the Riverton and Sheridan districts. Other irrigated sections experienced a shortage of water. Aggravating conditions were widespread infestations by grasshopper and cricket pects, against which organized campaigns were waged in most counties. The potato crop in turn was attacked by "purple top" in some districts, reducing yields and production. The bean crop was the only one to score a sharp increase in value under such conditions, and it moved tip toward the million-dollar mark with gross returns of $923,000 from 2G.O0O acres, as compared with $787,-003 from 31,000 acres the year previous. A quarter-million 100-pound sacks were harvested in 1934. Other Crops Hard Hit Other crops were hard hit, corn suffering a disastrous year with gross production of 055,000 bushels from 131.000 acres, as compared with 2,480.000 bushels from 220,000 acres in 1933. The estimated winter wheat production last year was 481,000 bushels from 74.0C0 acres, against 808.000 bushels from 101,000 acres in 1933. The winter wheat acreage seeded last fall in Wyoming totals 171,000 acres, which represents a slight decline in planting. The oat crop showed the effect of the drought. Harvested acreage was placed at 83.000 acres with a production of 1,743,000 bushels, compared to 3,171,000 bushels harvested from 151.000 acres in 1933. Potatoes Worth S7C0.OO0 Potato production was worth only $700,000 in 1934 as compared with $1,705,000 for the preceding crop. One million bushels were produced from 25.000 acres, as compared with 3.100.000 bushels from 31,000 acres in 1933. Hay Is Wyoming's most valuable crop and it was worth $8.643,C00 last year as compared to $7,052,000 in 1933, despite a heavy production toll taken by the drought. Last year 670,000 tons of tame hay were cut from 005,000 acres, as compared with, 1,037,000 tons the preceding year from 833.000 acres. Irrigation was responsible for maintenance of a substantial yield. As a whole the acreage harvested in 1934 was estimated at 1,355,000 acres in Wyoming "as against 2.030,-000 acres in 1933. The reduction or 43.3 per cent represents the heavy abandonment of crops on account of the drought. This year under cooperation with the AAA it is probable that total acreage devoted to crops of all kinds will approximate a slightly reduced r.ormal volume. Farm Crops 111 ARM crop values in Wyoming, . exclusive of sugar beets End benefit payments of any kind, are compared as follows for the years 1933 and 1934 by the Wyoming Livestock and Reporting service: Corn 1933 Corn $ 1,044,000 Winter wheat. 420,00 Spring wheat 771,000 Oats 1,015,000 Barley Rye 1 Flaxseed Tame hay Wild hay Alfalfa seed.. Clover seed.. Beans Apples Potatoes 545,000 59.000 7,00 7,052,000 1.193,000 210.000 25,000 787.000 45,000 1,705.000 1934 609.000 4C3.000 476,000 941,000 573,000 58.000 3,000 8,643.000 1,206,000 154,000 9.000 925,000 38.000 7:0.000 Totals $14,881,000 $14,744,000 w Dn si t A- T1 -f JI7 i nil Tin tp LiU. IX Casper's outlook is bright, brighter than for manv years. The Casper-Alcova project is definitely assured, a factor which insures Casper's future. Opportunities present themselves on all sides for rapid development and great strides forward. What progress is made during 1935 largely depends on YOU. 1935 can be an outstanding year if you will help. The more workers, the more man-power, the greater progress. VLy O The future of Casper rests on the intelligence, aggressiveness and vision of the men and women who call it home. Upon you evolves the duty, the willingness to give of your time and thought to encourage and promote the advancement of our community, Casper will be, a year hence, just what we make it in the next twelve months. tWhat will we accomplish?, It's up to YOU! (DaUSjpCBIi3 (DlllSlEQflEB!!0 fi CdDEBHEBaei9CB(B i i

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