The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 21, 1951 · Page 13
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 13

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BCIMBER n, 1WI «L«lHB»flJ,l (AM.) FARM NEW Our entire staff wish to thank you for your continued patronage during the year 1951 and extend to you our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. WEIS BUTANE GAS CO. Closed Monday & Tuesday We will he closed the 24th and 25th for Christmas. (Please request service well in advance ef this closing period. Only emergency calls will be handled.) REVIEW "" .—— _ Stronger Consumer Demand Increased 1951 Grain Prices By WILLIAM FERRIS CHICAGO, m — Grain is being eeraumad faster than it Is being grown. Th»t wu th« stand-out fact In th« |r«ln picture this year, it was th« force behind an upward move In price* which got under way •round mid-year and continued through to the winter. Crops weren't small. But they weren't as large u many had hoped they would be. The weather didn't cooperate. A wet spring caused late planting of oafc. reducing yields. The south- wnt was hit by unusually heavy rains Jmt as the winter wheat harvest started. A ccol summer delayed corn's growth, causing a large acreage to be caught by frast. The wheat crop totaled a little under 1.000.000,000 bushels, the corn crop around 3,015.000,000 bushels, oats 1,375,000,000 bushels, rye 25,000,000 bushels and soybeans more than 275,000,000 bushels. All except rye were slightly smaller than In 1950. Not Bl? Enough On a historical basis, these were big crops. Not big enough, however. Hog population increased. Barnyard lowl numbers expanded. Cattle were fed well to get high, market prices. Foreign countries started a scramble for American grain late in the year. All this led the Agriculture Department, in discussing the 1952 outlook, to predict the carryover of th« lour feed grains—corn, oats, barley and gram sorghums — would be cut down by the start of the 1999 crop year. "Total disappearance of feed grains in 1951-52," the department said, "probably will exceed the 1051 production by around 8,000,000 to 10,000,000 tons, reducing (he carryover at the close of the season to around 20.000,000 torts. "In this event the remaining reserves would be only a little above the prewar average and would be smaller than prewar in relation to livestock numbers and production. In wheat, according to the department, "In the current 1951-53 marketing year, less wheat ii being produced than ii likely to be used in this country nnd sxported. Consequently, th« carryover on July I, 1953, will probably b» about 76,- OO.OW bushels below the mid-1951 figure of 395,000,000 ushels." To Encourage Flanting On« result of this undoubtaily will b« a government campaign to enooura»«.farme>»-to.-produce as much grain as possible. A large acreage of winter wheat already has been planted and has gotten off to a splendid start. Wheat sank below the government support price after the winter wheat harvest »nd fairly sizeable quantities entered the government loan. The loan 'mis extended, for the first time, to some lower grades of spring wheat In an effort to hold up prices. In the autumn the market turned higher again, paced by soybeans. As th« year drew to its close, cash price* were back up around the February highs, futures on the Chicago board of trade were bringing the best prices In major grains since 1948. The possibility existed lhat prices would climb to a point where OPS price ceilings would be imposed. Survey Proves Sericea Lespedeza Hay Good Ration for Dairy Heifers FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- Strict* lesperieza hay will make a satisfactory ttlntering ration for dairy heifers provided the animals also receive a dally grain supplement. This is borne out by research studies conducted from 1949 to 1951 at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. Associate Professor O. T. Stallcup of the University of Arkansas, Is in charge ot the Station's research work with dairy cattle. He points out that the Sericea hay proved much more palatable when grain was led along with II. and there was less refusal. When the hay was fed alone, gains were poor, pala- tabihty was very low, »nd ihe hay appeared to have a constipating effect on the animals, he reports. Fifty-two heifers of the Jersey and Holsteln breeds were used in the feeding trials. In the 1949 and 1950 trials, Sericea lespedeza hay was compared with alfalfa hay and with mixed alfalfa-orchard grnsa hay, respectively. No grain was fed during these two trials, it «-as noted that the Sericea-fed group consumed about twice as much ot a simple mineral mix, which was fed free-choice, as did the other groups The heifers fed Sericea lespede/a made poor gains, averaging 0.4 pound and 0.26 pound per day in Trials 1 and 2. respectively. In contrast, heifers receiving alfalfa hay in Trial 1 gained an average of 1.37 pounds per day, and those receiv- A WABM cmd frieadlr wish to each end ew» one tt cw nxmy kieed« w* MB k to extend our sincere, oood wisbea (hot your HoGdcty wffl be EQed WITH MANY CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS1 61 Implement Co. Bob Let Smith c , r , Wa)lace "Your Moiwy-Harrii Dealer" injr alfalfa-orchard grass hay In Trial 2 gained an average ot 0.89 pound per day. oBrty measurements Indicated there was less skeletal growth in the heifers fed Serirca lespedeza hay, and they had rougher hair coats than the animals In the other two groups. In the third trlnl, half of the heifers received Sericea lespedeza hay plus 48 pounds of grain dally and the remainder received prairie hay plus the same grain supplement. The Sericea hay, although of the same quality as used In Trials 1 and 2, proved much more palatable when fed with a grain supplement, and there was less stem refusal, according to Dr. Stallcup The heifers gained cnnsldernblv more, on an average of 1.48 pounds a day. Those receiving prairie hay and grain gained 1.05 pounds per day. In another trial now going on Dr. Stallcup is' comparing Korean lespedeia and Sericea lespedeza hays m dairy heifer rations. WHEN WAS WAR DEPT. CREATED? See your 19B2 St. Joseph Calendar and Weather Chart! It baa historical datei, planting charts, moon phases, fishing, other factn. Get It »t any counter—IT'S FREE * Chrlitmai ©re«Mng« to «ll our fn'«ndl and p« front I L. K. ASHCRAFT CO. Purlne Feed* Here's a Very MERRY CHRISTMAS I from your friends here at MISSCO IMPLEMENT CO Bill Hurt Harvey Parrlsh "Hot" WHIiamt Cfyrf* Perry CaMn Hi// "DwJb" Turner Troy Graham Carton Jamtt K. B. Neof Air in Pilchard Charle* Duncan Lovi'rf Prerce C. L. 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