The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa on March 30, 1972 · Page 4
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The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa · Page 4

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miiiiiiiwiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiinniimiiiim EARMNEWS MI in iiiiiimiiiiiiminiiiiiiHiiiiiniimmiiMiiuHiiiiiiiiimmiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim^ iiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiini Good Morning More corn and fewer Feeders and soybeans to be planted Hi Mom! By Eddie Collins Well, 1 hope all Cattlemen remembered the Giant Food Chain Store and Mrs. Esther Peterson in your prayers this morning. Mrs. Esther Peterson . . built kinda on Bra- hama lines . . . tall, nervous- like, with a sort of 1932 Schoolmarmish look. Not exactly one to catch the eye. . . but Esther combines enough energetic drive with high offices that Cattlemen should fear and hate her like Free Frenchmen did Petain . . . But not quite as much as Christians do Judas. Mrs. Peterson is a wayward Utah girl. Oh, not morally ... no ... no ... but she has crippled and wounded Western Cattlefeeders deeper with one swipe of her "Consumer Protectors Sword", than any solitary thrust since Washington Health "nuts" proclaimed cholestrol in animal fat worse than smog. On that one, price of Cattle fell from $41 to $18. You see, Mrs. Peterson, was Lyndon, B. Johnsons successor to Betty Furness . . . the original Presidential Advisor on Consumer Affairs. When L.B.J. returned to the Pedernales to write his memories, eat barbequed cabri- to, and get his library ready for posterity . . . Mrs. Peterson became the ConsumerAd- visor for Giant Food Stores Washington D,C. . . . assistant to their president, Joseph Danzansky. I'm not certain which job has the greater prestige but the constructive talent needed in either position is next to nil. Molly-coddly the public for votes in one Instance; for profit, the other! Mrs. Peterson, dear girl, recently inserted a full page ad in newspapers in Washington D.C., Richmond, Virginia and Baltimore, Md. ... it reads that: "You" have the right to be informed of Meat Prices, highest since the end of the Korean War . . . "Buy Less Beef" . . . Use other forms of protein!!" And then Mrs. Peterson added such great protein sources as fish, turkey, eggs, cheese, pizza, cereal, grain products, and i! peanut butter . . . (Inclden- || tially, Safeway ... the dar- " ling of the West ... and strangely is big in only Washington D.C. in the East . . . . . . also had a like ad.) Both claimed "high meat prices" begin at the source . . . and cowbells, that means yuu and Dad. O.K. Mom, how does one fight back on this direct implication that Cattlemen are Excessively Profiteering? When stores urge consumers to quit buying Beef and Pork because of price? Especially when the gal and the stores were off-base. I'll explain. Giant Food uses beef with as much quality as any chain in the nation ... about 40% Prime and the balance HI Choice. For ground meat big framed #1 cutter cows from Wisconsin. No Import Beef, at all! They have an excellent Beef buying force at Landover Maryland. (Phone 202-3414100) headed by Herman Pierce and Irish Shannon. I have a tape of a phone conversation I had with Shannon saying they knew nothing of the report until a Broker called it to their attention . . . and they read it for the first time together. Odd on this, I had been pre- warned of the advertisement by Three separate Beef Brokers two weeks prior to the printing and had checked It out and carried the reference to their "Consumer Notice" on the radio program. So, Mrs. Peterson, not satisfied with putting these notices all over the 79 stores put out the FULL PAGE newspaper ad. William H. Jones of the Washington Post, so happy to have 1st the advertising and 2nd a popular story to ridicule prices and the agriculture picture, wrote a stirring article. Then the Associated Press and UPI and three National TV networks got involved. Big on the 6:00 news! With Mrs. Peterson, now a possllbe Grammy Award Candidate award Candidate as she dramatically urged people to eat fish. Direct result ... the car- lot Beef Trade, already bad, went to Limbo . . . On the Wednesday close ... 5 to 800 pound Choice Steers were $52.50 Missouri River Basis . . . down $6 a hundred from the close of Phase III! That is $30 to $48 a. carcassll Yet, last Wednesday Giant Food had the highest beef prices in their history. Who Is profiteering? The latest planting intentions survey (released March 16 Indicated farmers intendto plant more corn and fewer soybeans than the U.S. Department of Agriculture had hoped. According to Bob Wlsner, Iowa State University extension economist, the survey was taken around March 1 and, historically, It has generally been a good indicator of actual plantings. The Intentions report indicated corn planting nationally would be 68.5 million acres, down 7.6 percent from last year but still a relatively large acreage (exceeded only four times in the last 12 years). Iowa acreage will also be down 7.6 percent, but the state will have the potential for another billion bushel corn crop. Only three times in the last 12 years (1960, 1967 and 1971) have Iowa corn growers planted more corn than this. The reported intentions may not fully reflect the heavier sign-up in the feed grain program during the first 10 days of March. Consequently, corn plantings may be down a little more than now indicated, according to the economist. Also, the secretary of Agriculture was to indicate in mid- March whether he will accept the second levels of additional set-aside offered by farmers. His decision was not available at press time. Given present plantlnglnten- tlons, however, and a normal corn production year, Wlsner foresees a national crop of 58.5 million acres harvested for grain. This would mean about 5.1 billion bushels compared with estimated corn requirements in the range of 4.9 to 5 billion bushels. As expected, the intentions report also showed reductions In intended plantings of other Mom, Cattlemen can't stand these weep-eyed psuedo-sen- timental consumer-protectors who blame Cattlemen for high prices yet try to sell them more profitable food 1- tems. Steers are off $40 a head . . . what meat Item of Giant was lowered? Mom, we must attack, and attack, and attack. We must protect our position and not continue this jelly fish roll. I telephone Mrs. Peterson and she called me. I Tragged' the calls. Mrs. Peterson was proud of her dedicated role, and guess what . . . She related that on this affair at no time did she discuss beef availability nor prices with Herman Pierce their Beef Man. She had a similar ad last year and had had no repercussion, no objection, "Why do you object now?" she asked. Esther was not aware that Carlot Beef was $6 a hundred lower nor know within 15<? a pound the current cost. Her great pride was the Giant Food leadership on product "honesty" ... the printed labeling of actual weight, price and protein value. (On this Cowbells I've so often written that beef cannot be advantageously evaluated for Protein value. That works great for Soybean Hamburgers and Dog Biscuits, but not beef.) She mentions nothing about delectlbility. We should call a Cattle- mens Boycott. You should absolutely tie up your packer to an agreement that no beef of yours will go to either Safeway or Giant Food until all truths and facts are laid on the line. We cannot stand a $31 to $33 Fat Cattle Market ... not with 43<? Yearlings and 50? calves. Not while this national inflation seeks a high plateau. We must make future Esther Petersons and Jack Dan- zanskys aware that dramatics Is okay only In front of a mirror, but not before a National TV camera. Cattlemen must meet Mrs. Peterson in National Print and on National TV because all the dammedable one dollar telegrams sent by Association Secretaries and Presidents get only as far as their waste paper basket. Cattlemen need to TELL the PEOPLE who applauded the "female chain store picketing" the year I sent them the calves. Unfortunately, resistance costs more than one dollar telegrams . ., , so all we will really do Is sit on our hineys and hide. So did the Butter People! I wonder, what would the Safeway and Giant Food pro*!fits look like without Beef? How many less people would shop elsewhere for the packaged, canned and frozen foods'? Why should Beef, Pork and Meat become unfit "four letter words"? feed grains: sorghum, 13.4 percent; barley, 6 percent; oats, 4 percent. Soybean planting intentions fell considerably short of the USDA goal and were at the lower end of trade expectations, according to Wlsner. Intended plantings nationally were figured at 45.5 million acres for an Increase of 5.4 percent over 1971. Intended soybean plantings in Iowa were estimated at 7 percent more than last year. Wisner says competition in world oilseed markets Is expected to increase further next fall due to expanded world production of palm oil, rapeseed, Brazilian soybeans and possibly other oilseed crops. But even so, with our carry-over stocks at minimum levels, 45.5 million acres of soybeans would probably produce a fairly tight soybean supply situation again next season. Harvest-time prices would likely approach year earlier levels if the U.S. Yield is about average. Prices in central Iowa area last fall ranged from $.2.83 to $2.93 with a brief period of up to $3.01 per bushel. ~ Three factors may give us a slightly larger acreage than Indicated by the Intentions report: the recent strong soybean market,' heavier signup during the final days of the feed grain enrollment period and the Secretary's decision whether to accept the additional set-aside levels. A further increase in soybean acreage might somewhat lower prices this fall than last year. The farmer's story being taken to city A leading farm equipment manufacturer is taking the farmer's story to the city. With growing concern for the misunderstanding of or apathy toward the tremendous role played by a agriculture In the "good life" enjoyed by most Americans, International Harvester Companyhas enlisted its farm equipment field force in a Speakers Bureau approach to developing a deeper appreciation of the farmer's contribution to the nation's well-being. Armed with a set of facts, IH men and dealers will attempt to secure speaking engagements principally before urban and rural non-farm audiences throughout the country. They are being encouraged to contact civic and service clubs within their areas of influence, offering a speaker for theorganizations'lun- cheon or dinnner meetings. According to David C. Haney, IH vice president, "Unless more people know and appreciate how the farmer's productivity and his investment of time and talent benefit every consumer, we cannot expect to develop a climate within which he can continue to provide us with so much at so little cost. The need for a short course in agricultural economics is urgent for the non-farm majority. In this small way, we hope to complement efforts by other agricultural and agri-business organizations in more clearly Identifying agriculture as the major contributor to our country's high standard of living." IH's marketing arm for farm equipment--the men who will be asked to speak out-numbers about 5,000. Full text of speech may be secured by writing to John J. Dlerbeck, Jr., Public Relations Manager, IH Farm Equipment Division, 401 N. Michigan, Chicago, 60611. Oat planting season In a couple weeks !n a few weeks Sioux County farmers will be Into the oat planting season, according to Maurice E. Eldrldge, Sioux Extension Director. To some of these farmers, oats Is an important crop, others use oats only as a nurse crop, The costs of producing either good or poor oats is about the same, except for the cost of fertilizer. If we're going to raise good oats we should prepare a good seed bed. Each oat seed should be In contact with firm, moist soil. The upper two to four inches of soil must be sufficiently loose to permit good . seed coverage. Even though we get In a hurry--don't work the soil when it Is too wet. You can prepare a good seed bed either with disking or plowing, in our case this gen- eally means disking. Early planting is Important, but being able to prepare the seedbed properly Is more important. In central Iowa, oats should be planted by April 15. In Sioux County we would expect to be seeding oats later than central Iowa. With average conditions we would expect our yield to decrease one bushel for each day's delay after April 15. Preparing a good seed bed and planting at the right time are only two production practices in raising good oats. Selection of a good variety, fertilization, seed treatment, controlling weeds, and harvesting are other points to consider in making oats a more profitable crop. Livestock feeders in D. C. at right time After spending a week In the Nation's capital with the entire NLFA Board of Directors, President Oscar Bredthauer said today, "We couldn't have been In Washington at a more opportune time.' The Grand Island, Nebr. cattle feeder had reference to the several developments that occurred relating to red meat prices and particularly beef prices. President Bredhauer explained, "In the week we were back there, the Director of the Price Commission, C. Jackson Grayson, made public unfair claims about red meat prices; a large retail food chain, Giant Food Stores, publicly advertised in the Washington area that meat prices were too high and customers should boycott red meat sales; and Price Commission'Direc- tor Grayson announced there will be public hearings on food prices." Bredthauer continued, "On the first two points, it was fortunate that we were on hand to personally set the record straight and show what a great buy red meats have been for years and continue to be at present." He said that the Association went after the president of Giant Stores and later in the week the firm's advertisements actually featured red meats as good buys. "It's Interesting," Bredthauer added, "That on the same day Giant ran its ads against beef, Consumers Sup- ermarkets had to* with the headline can have your beef enjoy low prices t ads went on to defend beef too!'' you ana The as a food and to compliment the cattle industry. Referring to the Price Commission's announcements of public hearings on food prices, the NLFA president said, "It's too bad that It takes a governmental hearing to get Jhe real facts out Into the open, but if that's what It takes to get the true story about red meat prices before the public, then we welcome such hearings." While visiting the Nation's capital, the NLFA board members held private conferences with two cabinet members- Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz and Secretary of the Treasury John B. Commally. Secretary Connally Is also chairman- of the Cost of Living Council. A conference was also held with Wm. D. Ruckelshaus, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and a similar meeting was held with Dr. C.D. Van Houweling, Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Bureau of Veterinary Science. The feeders met with Dr. Frank J. Mulhern, Administrator of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Services, and with George R. Grange, Acting Administrator of the Consumer and Marketing Service, also underUSDA. Other governmental officials With Whom the NFLA Board held conferences Included* Senator Herman Tal* madge, Chairman of tthe Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry; Sylvaiore Caramagno, Director of Tariff Classifications for the Bureau of Customs,- James Harrison, Staff Director of the Mouse Committee on Education and Labor; and.Lloyd H. Davis, Director of the USDA's Science and Education . Conferences were also held with Congressman W. R. Poage, Chairman of the House Cbmmlttee on Congressman ley, Chairman "of Committee on AgrtoJ Domestic Marketing sumer Relations sj tee; and Senator Pearson, of the s$ committee on Surfawl portatlon. cel Each March ((,<, Board of Directors i r Washington, D.C., as for conferences w el administrative latlve officials. T 22 members of ^1 made the trip. ' LAWN SEED Lawn Seed Mixture $4.00 per 5# bag Lawn Seed Mixture $37.50 per 50# bag Lawn Bluegrass Seed per pound Farmer's Mutual Cooperative Ass| Orange City, Iowa. DID YOU KNOW? In 1970-71 the UnltedStates exported production from about one out of every four harvested acres. The foreign markets took over half of the soybean and wheat production, near two-fifths of the cattle hides and about one-fifth of the feed grains sold. Using 1967 as the base period (100), consumer price Index averaged 120.4 In the first 7 months of 1971. Food was 117.6—the lowest of any Item in the index. Other Items were: housing—123.1; apparel and upkeep--119; health and re - creatlon--121.2; and transportation--!^^. Farm population at an estimated 9.4 million in 1971 was equal to 4,6 percent of the nation's population. In 1960 farm population was 8.7 percent of the nation's population; in 1950, 15.2 percent; In 1940, 23.1 percent; In 1930, 24.8 percent; and in 1920, 30.2 percent. A reminder to the com growers Sioux County Ask yourself these questions before choosing a corn rootworm insecticide Will one application work all season long, whether you plant early or late, to prevent rootworm damage and lodging? Does it have an offensive odor? Do you run the risk of blurred vision? Is the skull and crossbones symbol required on the bag? Are you concerned about residues in your grain or silage for livestock? Is it easy on your equipment or do you have to overhaul your granular applicator? | | Is it effective against both resistant and non-resistant rootworms? v Will it lose its effectiveness in dry weather? wet or Will it cause pollution due to spring runoff into lakes and streams? and you'll choose BUX* Ten Granular I When you've asked yourself the above questions, you'll find that only BUX Granular has all the right answers! BUX Ten Granular does the whole job with risk to man and animal and the environment. Talk to your ORTHO Dealer before plant. He knows the rootworm situation in area and can help you plan the best defense He can give you still more reasons to choose BUX Ten Granular. Chevron Chemical Company you your ^ ORTHO TM'S ORTHO, CHEVRON AND DESIGN, BUX — fltG. U.S. PAT. OFF AVOID ACCIDENTS; HEAD THE LABEL AND USE ONLY AS DIRECTED

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