The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa on March 23, 1972 · Page 7
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March 23, 1972

The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa · Page 7

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NEWS trends in Sioux County Morning Feeders Hi Mom! CARTOON BY AL NELSON E'VEBEEN CALLED LOTS OF THINGS 'EXOTIC BREED 1 , THAT'S A NEW ONE{J" , excerpts from the "colllns Radio Comm- riiat fools we are ... odiicers. We all leaned ud let a former Secre- illhe American Cattle Association carry the it the opposition against sti Beef Imports. He 4 Ex-Secretary Mr. Bill E ls a real nice guy. Chamber of Com- :retary type of guy. —f», smiling, great at illons, excellent speak- flio would ever want to such a Jack Armstrong of Ail American Boy? would, and do and have past ... not as an tel because I believe !e a fair Executive Sey. . . But, not to go stlngton D. C. as the iinan for the Livestock T. I listened to ,his s oi\ Import four, year^ In North Platte, Neb,,.listened to him say an do nothing about im- 11 and I accepted him as ce-guy Individual. . but like listening to a Dick Chicago Bear line- praying that the next Ive play wouldn't come Ms area . . . Our stymied! week the USDA dealt irlcan Cowman as stiff I as could be must, An increase In 1m- [Quotasl! Feeble, feeble are "I told you so" I apologize, but I've I have challenged and Kdaches for dozens of fyamby state execu- are like 97 pound |B chortling about muscle. At meet- meeting, on this . , and I've writ- Ms of critical warn- :?t these complacent $ !< Jan ironic farce... be- Potthree weeks ago, Mr. ~i an Economic Advl- , Dr the American Cattle- Pi''!!!^ all cattle states Associate chapter, was m to cut down all cow [ Imagine, cut domestic ?•.. while we allow 1 Imports!!! Rldicu- r> <*, oh, oh, but we •wanueveredin Clark •"•ta Is Senator Mus'«.. ""I 1 ' 10 * 1 ad visor . Uas ex-Defense Secre«Is well as the Aus- Mea Industries Mill- 1 year lobblest is McMillian on TV said it is only Hamburger Trade!! Mom, they too are customers and users. Big users. And everytime a Customer picks up "unidentified"groundmeat Instead of a chuck roast . . . or your ground beef ... you have been controlled!!! STABBED) Good old USDA... the farmers friend 1 Not the individuals that we meet at home, but the policy makers, the economists, who hide behind the guise of the Agricultural insignia, but who actually are consumer orientated. Consumer Protectors! Why must either the cowman, the feeder, the farmer or the packer lose before these pinkos are happy? It is time, fact is, past time, to come up with stated, out- ^lln,ed plans that call for: 1st. Import Beef Total Phase Out! 20% a head de- 2nd. If riot elimated, tocall for rigid tariff charges, and this money to go to projects for domestic cattle promotion. 3rd. Eliminate all use of artificial extenders In any meats ... If Alpo for dogs can be all meat, why put the dog biscuit type substitutes in the beef counter. 4th. Identify Beef and Pork. 5th. Absolutely no imported-beef or pork to be purchased by Federal Food Stamps. If YOUR taxes pay for welfare ... at least keep the benefits home, 6th. No Import meat for the military. It is time to attack. The way we have been . . . we're like a basketball team 15 points behind and stalling trying to hold the score down. It is time to get away from pacification . . . Time to attack ... to demand elimination and then the worst we can expect is renewal and continuation ... as it Is, we exert no plan beyond handshakes and smiles, So then get clobbered In the backroom. Do imports hurt? Mom, the threat and uncertainty hurts worse than the actual shipments. It is a means of price contraband is manipulated. Bess Myerson, New York City Consumer of Affairs Commission, now calls for unlimited imports. Why don't one of you apathetic cowmen send her a calf to feed? You can't argue with people like that by words 11 r-.,3 the door. The ' Hors « Is Inside the toi 1 *™" over Outlook: ! tan to De ex- °ne nations Weal, 5Q mil* e to Aus. Mar ship, •under to USA quota V the same s; P' « is f °?" «SM, , Phase en »otrtllt nt 5a V . let's ,*W *9t» sports, The better egg prices and profit levels forecast a few months ago have been slow to materialize. In fact, prices received by Iowa egg producers during 1971 and early 1978 were the lowest since the early 1940's according to Gene Futrell, extension economist at Iowa State University, Grade A Large—sold under quality and volume incentive arrangements--averaged only 22 cents per dozen for the January-February period. This compared with 27.8 cents a year earlier and 26,3 cents in the fourth quarter of 1971, The major reason for the continued low price has been the fact that egg production Is running slightly above the 1971 level which was, Itself, on the large side, Last year's relatively low egg prices we re expected to bring enough downward adjustment in production to give prices a good yearrto-year boost. Demand f °r eggs is inelastic in that a IlllllllllflllllllllllllllllllUlllllllll small percentage change In supply normally brings a much larger percentage change In price—in the opposite direct- Ion. However, that downward change in supply didn't come about. The foremost reason why flock size and egg output have been larger than expected is the impact of Marek's disease vaccine. It has sharply reduced the mortality of both young pullets and layers. The hatch of egg-type chicks for flock replacement during 1971 was 8 percent below the previous year while the number of layers on farms February 1 this year was only 0.2 percent below a year earlier. Also, slaughter of hens under federal inspection during 1971 was up 4 percent over 1970. The vaccine has increased the proportion of young pullets hatched that actually end up in a laying flock and it has kept birds healthier and in the laying flock longer. Egg output per layer has gained somewhat In recent months, partly the result of a younger and health- eir laying flock, "January egg production was 1 percent larger than a year earlier while the laying flock was slightly smaller than a year earlier," Futrell says. Egg prices showed a little strength in early March and some further rise is likely prior to the Easter holiday, according to the Iowa State economist. During the second week in March, Incentive Grade A Large eggs sold in Iowa mostly from 25 to 28 cents per dozen--upScents from mid-February and 1 to 3 cents higher than a year ago. The size of the laying flock is expected to continue 1 to 2 percent below last year for the rest of 1972. Egg production during the next three or four months will probably remain close to 1971 levels but drop a little below last year during the last half of the year. Futrell foresees egg prices weakening some after Easter when supplies become seasonally large. April-June prices for Grade A Large (Incentive) in Iowa should average near or a little above last year's 24-cent average. - Prices the last .two quarters of the year are ex- pfected" to "show -more year- to - -ye'ar v improvement — probably 6 to 8 cents over the 1971 averages of around 26 cents for each quarter. The seasonal pattern should show some price strength during the summer followed by moderate weakness in the fourth quarter of the year. Demands for eggs for fresh use should be good throughout the year, according to Futrell. Breaker demand, however, may do well to equal the previous year during the next few months, since stocks of egg products are considerably larger* than a year ago. Stocks of frozen eggs on February 1 were 44 percent greater than a year earlier. Sunflowers may be grown on goverment set-aside acres Growing sunflower seeds could be a profitable crop for many Iowa farmers this year. This crop may be harvested from governement set-aside acres with only about a $10 per acre reduction In payment. Seed production from sunflowers will be purchased on a firm contract basis for "acceptable" seed by Midwest Oilseed, Inc., according to Kenneth Joslin of Mlnburn. A premium is paid for sunflower seed with a higher oil content. The average producer can net $1.12 to $1.15 per bushel. Yields have averaged from 60 to 85 bushels per acre with hybrid seed, Joslin says. Sunflowers are planted in late April through May. They will survive in weather down to 26 degrees. They are planted about ij inches deep at a 5 pound per acre rate for a final stand of 27,000 plants. Sunflowers are planted like corn, using small flat plates that are available with seed stock. .Hybrid sunflower seed that has been yield tested on Iowa soils is available from Midwest Oilseed at Adel, Joslin says. Fertilizer is not recommended unless fertility is very low. Sunflowers are harvested in early September anytime moisture is below 25% and dry to 10%. Sunflowers are very easy to dry. A sunheader attachment is used with the ordinary grain table for harvest. DID YOU KNOW? The American farmer is a taxpayer. He pays $2.3 billion in farm real estate taxes, $450 million in personal property, taxes, $1,9 billion in federal and slate Income taxes and about $350 million In sales taxes. By Maurice Eldridge, County Extension Director We don't raise oats in Sioux County like we used to. I don't mean by bushels per acre> we just don't have as mariy acres, in 1950, we had 128, 000 acres of oats; 1960,90, 000 acres; and in 1970, only 37,000 acres. We have lost three-fourths of our oat ac-, res In 20 years. Oats isn't the only crop in Sioux County that has fewer acres now than 10 years ago. There were 35,000 acres of alfalfa in 1960; 28,000 acres In 1970; and 48, 000 acres of pasture in I960; only 37,000 in 1970. In the last 10 years we have had available for other uses, approximately 71,000 acres— that's three townships. But if you drive through Sioux County this spring, you can see what has happened to some of those acres. In our county with lots of livestock, we need corn, but our acre-, age hasn't increased in corn. We raise more bushels but on ; about the same number of acres-about 220,000. Our farm program took about 40,000 more acres with the diversion program in 1970. The other 30,000 acres went to soybeans. We had 27,000 acres of soybeans in 1960, in 1970 we had 57,000 acres. We are using more of our farms now for row crops. In our area, where moisture usually sets our yields, we have gradually moved away from alfalfa which reduces the amount of subsoil moisture available for the next year, when compared to corn, soybeans, or oats. Using our present technology we can grow more row crops, maintain soil fertility, control weeks and diseases if we want to. Anotfter reason for more row crops is an economic one. Our return per acre for corn and soybeans is generally higher than for other crops. With this in mind, we will probably continue to put most of our crop land into row crops, if we can keep our soil erosion within acceptable limits. DID YOU KNOW? Farmers have Improved more than 575 million acres of private land. In 1970 farmers built 30,000 miles of terraces and planted trees on 340,000 acres. In the last 20 years, American farmers have increased their output per man- hour by 300 percent—compared with America's industry increase of 150 percent. Per capita farm income in 1970 was equal to 75 percent of per capita non-farm income. One farmer in!970produc- ed enough food and fiber to supply 47 persons. In 1960 one farmworker produced enough for 25.8 persons; In 1950 enough for 15.5 persons; in 1940, 10.7 persons; and In 1920, 8.3 persons. Angus Breed has new rules allowing "Open" A.I. use The American Angus Association this week moved to allow "open" artificial Insemination within the breed. Starting immediately members who follow the proper procedures may sell and use unlimited quantities of semen and Association members may record the offspring from registered Angus cows even though they own no part of bull, Lloyd D. Miller, executive secretary, has announced. At the same time Miller reported approval by the Association's Board of Directors of a comprehensive National Angus Sire Evaluation program. The program, he said, is designed to help members evaluate the performance of their herd bulls by checking their ability to sire top gaining, high quality, efficient cattle. Progeny results of hundreds of Angus bulls will someday be an Important part of sire selection in registered Angus herds, he emphasized. Both programs fit well together, Miller explained. Extended use of artificial insemination will allow more members to try a larger number of young bulls In their herds, and nationally it will allow more extensive use of proven, high producing bulls. The sire evaluation program will help prove bulls and help registered Angus breeders improve their breeding programs, according to Miller. The policy change on A.I. makes the American Angus Association the first major beef breed organization to allow virtual unrestricted use of artificial insemination. Planning for extended A.t, use began several years ago. Basically, the program allows for sale of A.I. certificates to bull owners by the American Angus Association. A properly executed certificate signed by the bull owner, Inseminator, and the owner of the female, must accompany an application for registration. Any bull registered in the American Angus Association Herd Book which has been blood-typed is eligible, but any bull discovered to have sired a genetically defective calf will be suspended immediately from eligibility for A.i, service certificates. The new rules also indefinitely extend the A.I. service life of a dead bull, and Is retroactive. Ownerswhohave semen from a dead bull and who previously have complied with the proper procedures may now use this semen and register the offspring. Applications are now being accepted for the National Angus Sire Evaluation program. The program Is designed to measure highly heritable traits that are of the most economic Importance to beef cattle Improvement and profit. In the years to come a list of the ranking of sires In four separate areas of production will be published. The Angus Sire Evaluation program meets or exceeds the guidelines of the Beef Improvement Federation. In general, the program allows a breeder to check the performance of calves by his own bulls against the progeny of a set of reference sires that represent a cross-section of the breed. He does this by mating his bulls and several of the reference sires to a randomly selected group of cows from the same herd. The four traits measured are weaning weight, yearling weight, USDA quality grade and USDA yield grade. The information obtained can be used to compare the perfor-* mance of bulls evaluated. DID YOU KNOW? The farmer's share of the consumer's dollar spent for food in 1971 was 38 cents-compared with 39 cents In 1970, 41 cents In 1969, 40 cents in 1966 and 39 cent's In 1960. "Oh, yes ... and six cans of beer!" •d id A special message to the com growers of •• ^^Ei^^ .. *. • . ... •.'*'•':' • '-'' «• " v Sioux County Every year since we introduced BUX® Corn Rootworm Insecticide in x !966, ORTHO has received comments like the following from farmers throughout the corn belt. We thought you might like to know how some of your own neighbors feel about BUX. ^ _ - ORTHO Chevron Chemical Company Mr. Nick DeBoer of Sioux County is another satisfied BUX user. Here's what he has to say: "BUX does a good job for us and handles nicely. We've used it for two years now and think a lot of it. We use it on all of our corn land and it does control root-worms.' Mr. Harlan Wagner of Plymouth County is another satisfied BUX user. Here's what he has to say: "We've used different rootworm insecticides and BVX has been good. It stays real good in the planter boxes. We get good seasonal control with BVX, no down corn whatsoever. There's no odor and I don't 'get sick from it." TM'S ORTHO, CHEVRON AND nESIQN, 0UX-8CO. U.S. P»T. OFF. ((VOID ACCIDENTS: Rl'AO THE UBEL AND USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. THE SIOUX COUNTY CAPITAL, Thursday, March 83, 1972^-7

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