The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 10, 1974 · Page 8
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 8

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, April 10, 1974
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farm news ... newt and tipt for irea farmer*. Cattle feeders suffer big loss losses on fat cattle sold in March are ranging over $100 per head, says Paul R. Hasbargen, University of Minnesota agricultural exonomist. And those who bought replacement feeders during the high prices created by the price freeze last August are losing over $200 per head. Many producers bought feeders last fall expecting to sell fat animals this spring at $50 per cwt. Tlie slaughter market reached $51 in early January but dropped back to the low forties by early March, Hasbargen says. He cites three reasons for the current depressed slaughter market- the excessive supply of heavy cattle, the truckers' strike and an increase in cow slaughter. Many producers held cattle that should have gone to market last fall hoping for better prices. When prices hit $50 in January, heavy cattle came to market in such large numbers that the price dropped $4 in one day. Heavy cattle are usually worth less per pound because the extra fat has little or no value. Also, the increased supplies of beef resulting from the added weight on these animals pushes down the price of all beef. The truck strike in early New barley variety out The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station has announced the release of Manker, a new high yielding barley. The name Manker comes from a contraction of the words "many kernels," an attribute that partially accounts for the high yielding ability of the variety. In 49 yield trials conducted by Donald Rasmusson, barley breeder at Hie University, Manker has averaged 73 bushels per acre compared with 65 bushels for [Barker, the leading presently grown variety. This is about a 12 per cent yield increase. Manker is a rough-awned, • six-rowed, colorless aleurone barley variety. Kernel plumpness has been very good. In 15 tests evaluated from 1971 to 1973 Manker had 67 per cent plump kernels compared with Gfl per cent and 41 per cent for I^arter and Dickson, respectively. Preliminary tests for malting quality have been encouraging but until carload lots of the variety have been used in full scale malting and brewing tests, the final acceptability of the variety for malting will not be known. Foundation seed of the variety has been distributed to registered seed growers in eight counties of northwest and west central Minnesota. Registered seed will be available from these growers for 1975 planting and certified seed will be available for use in 1976. New soybean varieties out The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station has announced the release of two new soybean varieties, Hodgson and Evans. Both varieties have outstanding yield potential in their respective maturity groups, according to soybean breeder Jean I^mbert. In five central and southern Minnesota tests conducted during the past two years, Hodgson has yielded about seven bushels per acre more than Chippewa 64. In these same tests, it has yielded about the same as Corsoy. Corsoy is currently the leading soybean variety in southern Minnesota. In tests conducted in five southern Minnesota locations during the past two years, Evans has produced about four bushels per acre more than Merit and five bushels per acre more than Chippewa 64. Foundation and registered seed of Hodgson and Evans has been distributed to registered seed growers in Minnesota. Certified seed should be available for planting in 1975. The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station is applying for plant variety protection on both varieties, specifying that seed is to be sold by variety name only as a class of certified sewl. Thus, only certified or registered seed of these varieties can legally be sold by vnrielv name. February cut livestock slaughter by some 20 per cent. Reduced supplies caused wholesalers and retailers to increase prices sharply to ration out limited supplies. Hasbargen says this rationing at the meat counter raised havoc in the meat industry once the strike ended. Consumers who were driven away from the counter during the s':ike stayed away in the face of continued high retail prices. Then livestock prices dropped rapidly as farmers attempted to catch up on marketing after the strike—at the same time that meat was still being rationed to consumers with high retail prices. January slaughter of cows and bulls was 19 per cent higher than a year earlier. "The increasing feed prices coupled with farmers' plans for expanding crop acres in 1974 are encouraging many to reduce their cow herds. This added beef would not have been forthcoming if grain prices had not increased so much," Hasbargen says. Although this added cow beef is reducing current beef prices, Hasbargen points out that reduction in the cow herd at this time will help to ease what was promising to be a very sharp beef price break in 1975-76. According to Hasbargen: What can be done to ease the plight of cattle feeder? —First, overweight cattle must continue to go to slaughter. The farmer who continues to hold overfinished cattle will only increase his losses. His average feed cost on choice and prime cattle are much higher than he can ever expect to get in the market place. And, with cattle buyers currently placing heavy discounts on low cutability cattle the market price for his products is apt to go down rather than up. So a farmer, would be much better off to sell the heavy cattle and buy back replacements which will put on weight at much lower costs than the overweight cattle. Second, retail prices must come down and beef must be actively promoted by retailers and the industry to make the consumer aware that prices are lower again. -Third, farmers wishing to cull cows can profit by waiting until later in the spring. Steer and heifer beef production will probably be somewhat reduced by late spring, allowing better prices for all beef. So delaying cow sales for a couple of months makes more sense— and more dollars—than any delay in the movement of fed cattle that are already choice for finish." If these actions are taken by the industry, Hasbargen expects higher beef prices again by midyear. However, he continues to caution against bidding up feeder prices even after the slaughter prices increase. Rather, he suggests that the cattle feeder plan on slaughter prices in the low forties again for the last quarter of 1974. Fergus Falls (Mi.) Journal Wed., April 10,1974 23 Report on co-operatives criticized FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) The president of the American Milk Producers, Inc., has criticized a recent private report on farmer co-operatives for what he said was unnecessary emphasis on the past. John Butterbrodt, a Burnett dairy farmer, said Monday a report by the Washington-based Agribusiness Accountability Project "shows a dismal lack of understanding of how farmer co-operatives function." He said the report said "AMPI's campaign contributions to the Committee to Re- Elect the President have seriously compromised the public's confidence in farmer cooperatives." But Butterbrodt said those "alleged misdeeds and misuse of authority" were by "the former management of AMPI." In fact, he added, they were first exposed by the present farm members of the AMPI board. The AMPI president said the project's report also claimed professional managers were taking control of co-ops away from farmers and pushing aside interests of consumers and family farmers.* "Dairy co-operatives are structured the way they are to serve the dairy farmers in the marketplace," Butterbrodt said. "If the marketplace is being served, that means the consumer is being served, too." Butterbrodt said he invited the author of the report to attend the AMPI annual meeting. Inspiration by President is very low NEW YORK (AP) -A recent poll has given President Nixon higher marks for his over-all handling of the presidency but his worst rating to date on inspiring public confidence, pollster Uuis Harris reports. Asked whether Nixon inspired confidence, only 15 per cent rated the President good- to-excellent and 78 per cent marked Nixon fair-to-poor. Seven per cent were not sure. But the President's over-all performance improved in the opinion of those questioned. Thirty-one per tent though't the over-all performance good-to- excellent, compared to 26 per cent in the preceding poll. He was called fair-to-poor by 66 per cent and 3 per cent were unsure how to rate him. When asked whether they believed Nixon "will be found to have violated the law, as was true of Vice President Agnew," 49 per cent answered yes. Thirty-four per cent said no and 17 per cent were uncertain. This was the highest percentage of a survey sr.mple ever to express belief Nixon is a law-breaker, up 6 points, over the same question in a February poll, Harris said. YOUR FRIENDLY BUILDING MATERIALS DEALER STENERSON LUMBER CO. 505 South Cascade Fergus Falls Phone 736-2018 Moorhead State College Off Campus Summer Classes TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, INTERESTED COMMUNITY MEMBERS Moorhead State College wants to make it possible for you to continue your education this summer even though the price of gasoline and other transportation costs have risen dramatically. For this reason the college will offer a variety of workshops in Fergus Kails throughout the months of June, July and August. The workshops will be held at the times listed in the schedule below. Registration can be completed at the first meeting. SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE Ed 499 (g) Human Relations I — June 17-June 28 plus July &-July 12 9 a.m.-I2 noon (3 cr) Ed 495 (g) Human Relations H — June 17-June 28 plus July 8-July 12 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (3 cr) Kd 4STC (g) Transactwnal Analysis Workshop for Educators — June 12-June 14 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (2 cr) SpEd 416 (g) Mental Retardation — will meet once a week for ton weeks starting Tuesday, June 11,6 p.m.-9 p.m. (3 crl SpEd 420 (g) Education of the Handicapped Child — will meet once a week for ten weeks starting Thursday, June 13, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (3 cr) Each of the workshops will be held on the campus of the Fergus Falls Junior College. 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