The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 26, 1976 · Page 6
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Overproduction of wheat problems are foreseen Finn Falls (Ml.) Journal Hon., April26,1976 14 By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Association of Wheat Growers, alarmed at what appears to be a potential record grain harvest this year, is sternly warning fanners that they stand to suffer Ihe most if they (ail to restrain crop production in 1976. "The freedom to plant is not withoutits responsibilities," the association said. "If producers fail to recognize this by (not) making appropriate production adjustments, they will have lo bear the consequences." In its current newsletter to members, the association said that while farmers may help control economic inflation 'through overproduction "it will work like a guillotine on individual producers" when farm expenses continue to rise and commodity prices drop. "Farm programs are not a To Your Good Health By Dr. George C. Thosteson realistic solution to excess production, since inflation has raised Ihe cost of production adjustment programs beyond the willingness and ability of an urban-oriented Congress to fund," the association said. "Producers would do well to bite Ihe bullet now by turning their attention to balanced production, reducing production costs and reinstating good soil conservation practices." The association's comments were partly in response to an Agriculture Department report last week, which showed that farmers intend to boost corn plantings this spring 6 per cent from last year. The report also showed that while spring plantings of durum wheat will be down from a year ago the much larger crop of other kinds of spring wheat will be increased 17 per cent from last year, Although there has been severe drought damage to winter wheat in parts of the southern Great Plains, USD A also expects the crop elsewhere to be generally good to excellent this year, Moreover, a five-state forecast made by USDA two weeks ago indicated that dry weather damage in the southern Plains was much less than some authorities had expected. The association, which challenged the department's five- state estimates at the time, continued to criticize the figures this week. The USDA report, the association said, "was met with feelings of disbelief" among farmers and crop experts in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, the states surveyed. In Kansas, state association officials took their OWTI county- by-county survey following USDA's report, which indicated VIRUS CAN BE SOURCE OF SORE TONGUE Dear Dr. Thosteson: 1 have been having trouble with what starts out as a burning tongue. It gets so sore it feels like it is touching sandpaper when it loaches my dentures, \Vhen it first started several months ago my doctor said it probably was a virus. It spread to the inside of my lips and cheeks and under the tongue. Later I got canker sores and I even got fever blisters outside. A dentist told me my dentures were causing the trouble. 1 take out the dentures except at mealtime, but no results. I am 68. 1 need to stop this recurring nuisance. Can you help? — Mrs. S.E. While a virus infection can be a cause of sore tongue and canker sores, your problem appears to be an allergic one, since it is recurrent. Dr. Claude Frazier, in his book "Coping with Food Allergies," notes there are a group of offending foods in the "C" category — condiments, chocolate, cola, corn — also salad dressings. The latter contain vinger, an irritating agent. Fruits and vegetables are know offenders, too, as are toothpaste, denture materials, candies and chewing gum. The tomato is a prime offender. You might try eliminating the items I mention (one by one) to see if there is some improvement in the absence of any one of them Sore tongue can also be related to digestive tract disorder, particularly to a low stomach-acid content, which is sometimes relieved by hydrocholoric acid supplement — this on your doctor's advice. I suggest you discuss these points with your doctor. The recurrent bladder problem you mention in another part of your letter (not quoted here) may also be allergy-based. Dear Dr. Thosteson: My husband had hernia surgery two months ago and wonders if there are any exercises that would strengthen the area where the surgery was done, and how king he should wait to do any exercises. — G.S. There are no exercises to "strengthen" the area. Healing and scar formation should be complete after two months, but the idea is to resume normal activities gradually and not to subject the area to abnormal stress as with exercise regiments or heavy lifting. His surgeon should have the say as to how much your husband can do and when. If he has not returned to see his physician following the surgery he should do so to learn where he stands. Dear Dr. Thosteson: I bought a pair of shoes with the heel being lower than the toe area. I was under the impression that this would provide better posture. Now 1 have my doubts. Is this true? Should the weight of the foot be shifted to fall mostly on the heel? - Ms. S.G. I don't believe posture is helped with this kind of footwear. When standing, the weight of the body should fall on three points — the two "cushions" behind the great and little toes and on the heel. You will notice this when standing barefoot. I would recommend a moderate-sized heel which allows this tripod balancing arrangement. My podiatrist consultant agrees. Dear Dr. Thosteson: Your booklet on hypoglycemia. which I requested several years ago for my daughter, is excellent. She read it and went to her family physician, was completely honest and descriptive wilh him. The results have been rewarding. Thank God anrl you. — Mrs. P.L.D. A letter like yours makes my day for me. Thank you. Dear Dr. Thosteson: Does drinking the juice of a fresh lemon in hot water every morning have any therapeutic value? I'm thinking of discontinuing the practice because of the rising cost of lemons. I'm 65 years of age. — P.S.P. If you have been in the habit of doing this over the years, I would advise you to continue. The fluid could have a beneficial effect on your bowel action. It apparently has served you well, and your system has become accustomed to this daily routine. There is no medical magic in what you do, but there could be subtle psychological ramifications in abandoning a practice you have found helpful for yourself just to save Ihe few- extra cents a day. Besides this, the lemon may be giving you a substantial amount of your vitamin C quota, vital at your age. Are you bothered with ringing in the ears? If so, write to Dr. Thosteson, in care of this newspaper, for his booklet, "Ear Noises — Their Causes and Cures." Enclose a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and 15 cents. Dr. Thosteson welcomes reader mail but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received'daily, he is unable to answer individual letters. Readers' questions are incorporated in his column whenever possible. Corporation support of public TV is analyzed By JOHN CL'NNIFF AP Business Analyst N'EW YORK (API - In the 1971-1972 fiscal year,, corporations underwrote $2 million of programming on public television. In the 1975-1976 year they invested more than six times that amouni in the noncommercial medium. A good deal of this money was offered to the nonprofit stations in the spirit of good citizenship by corporations recognizing that they share in and must contribute to the betterment of society. But some of the money undoubtedly was channeled for strictly commercial reasons — bcause public television has developed a high degree of credibility, and a greatly desired, affluent-influential audience. The increasing support of "corporations is being viewed in two ways: In the most positive view, the support is encouraging because it helps diversify the source of contributions to public television, and thus reduces the risk that any one group, including government, will control the medium. What critics fear could be- ccme a negative side of the story is that some corporations might tend lo be interested only in the ability of the medium to develop sa}es, and thus gradually and subtly begin to influence programming. Frank Little, Public Broadcast Service vice president for development, doesn't think this will happen. "They give us the money and they have no control over the program," he said. "The projects always originate with us." Little, whose organization disseminates throughout a link of 26a outlets the best programs developed by individual stations, independent producers and foreign broadcasters, is aggressively seeking corporate supporl. He notes that "a lot of people have been trying to infer'for years that corporations contributing enormous amounts of money would like to control the product, but they understand at the outset that they have no control." 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A new national winte r wheat forecast will be issued by USDA on May 10, the first on so large a scale since last December. Spring wheat estimates will not be announced by the department until July 12, meaning that a total U.S. all- wheat est'mate will be available then. Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz and some others in the department have said that a total wheat crop of around two billion bushels is possible this year, only a shade smaller than the record harvest of more than 2.1 billion in 1975. Wheat exports, meanwhile, have not kept pace with USDA's most optimistic forecasts and that will mean a somewhat larger "carryover" reserve going into this year's harvest. Put all together, the situation adds up to what could be a low-price market for wheat in the year ahead, according to the association. 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