Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on December 24, 1957 · Page 25
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 25

Logansport, Indiana
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Tuesday, December 24, 1957
Page 25
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l.OPANSPORT LIBRARY A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE THE LOGANSPORT PHAROS-TRIBUNE A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE Bumper Crops in 1957 On Smaller Acreage WASHINGTON (UP) — American farms turned out a bumper crop in 1957 on the smallest total acreage planted or grown since 1919. The Agriculture Department's year-end crop report Tuesday said the 1957 crop matched the record production of 1956 and 2948 and set an all-time yield per acre. The record yield was accomplished despite many local and sectional setbacks which delayed planting and slowed harvest of some crops to the latest stage in several years Stated in index form the 135' crop joined those ot 1956 and 1948 in reaching 106 per cent of the 1947-49 base. The overall yield per acre index covering 28 field am fruit crops reached 127 per cen of the 1947-49 base. This consider ably surpassed the previous rec ord of 124 per cent in 1956 anc 118 per cent in 1955. Feed grains and forage had a bis year. The corn crop at 3,402, 832,000 bushels was the Jhird larg est in history. It was only slightly smaller than the 3,455,283,000 bi.sh els of 1956 and only moderately below the record 1948 crop. Oats production was much lar; er than in 1956. Sorghum grair more than doubled any previous output. Hay tonnage was almos 1 one-tenth larger than the 1955 rec ord. Wheat, the big breadgrain crop, weighed in at 947,102,000 bushels far below average. The Jepartmenc's revised figures showed 1956 production of whea topped one billion bushels. Previous estimates showed the 1956 crop to be only 997 million bushels. The total planted acreage of the 59 principal crops for 1957 was 334 million acres. This was nearly 11 million acres below the 1956 planted acreage. Soil bank deposits and other acreage controls caused the principal acreage reductions in 1957 from the 1956 levels: Winter wheat 6,900,000 acres; corn 4,200,000 acres; cotton 2,800,000 acres; tobacco 200,000 acres, and rice 200,000 acres. Partially offsetting increases were made in all sorghums of 5,300,000 acres, barley 1,700,000 acres, hay crops 500,000 acres and smaller increases for soybeans, peanuts, rye, sugar beets, sugarcane and broomcprn. "Whatever the complex impact of different factors on each farm,' the department said, "such as prices, allotments, soil bank program, crop rotation, livestock needs, and weather at planting time, these plantings were the result." Of the basic crops under acreage controls corn was the only com- To wish you the joys of the Season and every happiness throughout the New Year. ROMEO SHOE SHOP 220 3rd , . to nil our friend*! KASCH'S Conrad J. (Jack) Baumann 524 E. Market modity which was above average production in 1957. Wheat, cotton, rice, peanuts and tobacco were below average.- The record-breaking crops—hay, sorghum grain, sorghum silage, soybeans and barley —were not under acreage controls. The department said the 1957 crop season in some sections may be remembered because of the amount and timing of rain. In the central and southern Plains snow, rain and then more rai soaked i and sometimes flooded away the drought which had withered many of the efforts of farmers and stockmen since 1952. In Texas and Oklahoma, 1957 may stand out as "that wet year." There was ample rain in Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas and Iowa, severe hail in some Dakota localities, wet weather in the upper Red River Valley of the north, floods in Missouri. Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and drought in parts of the mid-Atlantic states and in New England. Despite the weather, insects and disease, high yields were the or- \ Q LITTLE TOWN of BetMehem, how sriH we see rhee lie' / Above thy deep and dreamless Orop, thp s*lent itars go by Yet in thy dark street* shmeth the everlasting Ligh*, j^, The hopes and fears of all the years ore met in tho«.- lontght "r f Far Christ is born of Mory, and gathofed all above ^ While mortals sleep, the angels ^eep iheir watch of "wond'rmq I ova. O morning stars, together proda<m *hp holy bifth" And proises s<ng to God the King and pecicp to m^n on »*orth der of the season. Corn yield at 46.8 bushels an acre was more than a bushel over the 1956 record. Wheat yields were record high. So were soybeans, sorghum, hay, rye, sugar beets and sugarcane. Yields of oats, barley, beans, peas, tobacco and peanuts were near record high. Few crops were below average yields. Heading Note SALT LAKE CITY—(UP) —Interviewed on her 95th birthday, Miss Joanna H. Sprague reflected | on her 37 years as librarian at the i Salt Lake Public Library. She said Vision Expert Asks for Yellow Signs SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A leading authority on motorist vision has proposed that triangular yellow stop signs be substituted for j the octagonal red signs now in genital use throughout the nation. j Dr. Gordon L. Walls, Sc.0., professor o( physiological optics and optometry at the University of California School of Optometry, told I a gathering of optometrists and ! safety experts recently that red is I one of the hardest colors to see, whereas yellow has easily won ev- lery test for visibility among all | possible hues. He pointed to findings of three agencies — the California pptom- etric Association, California Department of Fish and Game and National Rifle Association — that yellow is far superior to all colors for both color deficient (color- government agriculture -reports blind) hunters and hunters with when nothing else was available normal color vision. that as a child she used to read over a period of a year and a halt have proved not only the superiority of golden yellow, Dr. Walls said, but also the very poor visibility of red under all conditions if illumination. "The octagonal shape now used could hardly be worst," he added. "Only a perfectly round plate j would be more difficult to identify. | At a distance, the octagonal shape tends to appear round and thus becomes difficult to distinguish from surrounding objects." The vision specialist said a triangular shape with point up would be best of all. This would contrast with the point-down yellow tri- I angle of the "Yield Right of Way" sign. By using this upside-down 1 triangle, he explained, there would ibe a minimum chance of confus- ;ing the yellow stop sign with any i other traffic sign. j Dr. Walls said he favors nationwide standardization of the signs. bui, now likes to devote her time to biography, poetry and detective stories. Octagonal Shape Bad Tests conducted with the U.S. Army by these three organizations Fait Charcoal MILO, Me.—(UP)—A new plant to be constructed here will be able to produce charcoal for outdoor fireplaces in 20 minutes instead of the usual 72 hours. A combination of chemical treatment 'and automatic equipment replaces the old way of slowly "cooking" the wood. "to all to all—a good night" A child asleep, with a stocking beside the bed, is not so asleep as those who are grown-up and have lost their illusions! May everybody this Christmas get back again the Faith that moves mountains and fills stockings! That is the Christmas wish we make for you and the hope we cherish for ourselves. FROM ALL OF US! 412 Market St. AND EMPLOYEES Dial 3552

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