Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 21, 1966, Image 4

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    4—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 21, 1966
From Where We Stand...
Price Of Fresh Air Going Up
Like everything else these days,
even the price of fresh air is respond
ing to inflationary pressures. There are
at least -two reasons for this: there is
probably less supply of it, and greater
demand for it.
City and suburban folk are spend
ing more money on recreation than ever
before, and are now more frequently
discovering the simple pleasures of the
great out-doors. Camping has become a
booming industry, as witnessed by in
creasing sales of equipment, and the use
of highways and state and national
We have mentioned many times the
opportunities for farmers to gather a
bit of the “green fallout” from the
recreation explosion. Some are beginn
ing to move in that direction (see
County Farmer Invests* in Recreation
Boom, page 1 this issue).
We have not recommended taking
good Class I and II farmland out of pro
duction in the county, 'but there are
many farms, or parts of farms, which
could profitably be used for campsites,
etc. And if there is money to be made
in this pursuit, we’d certainly rather
see Lancaster County farmers making it
than some outside operators.
One commercial franchiser in the
midwest offers a deal to people convert
ing part of their land to recreational
uses. He says that many farm families
have turned relatively unproductive
land into high income ‘producing areas.
He says further that last year eight per
cent of the nation’s population partici
pated in toe form of camping, and
that the federal government is encour
aging individuals to provide campsites
as demand for these facilities exceeds
the state and national government’s
ability to provide them.
Campsites are only one way in
which, you can cash in on the boom.
Farm vacations, especially in this area
where the “Pennsylvania Dutch” image
is attracting tourists in great numbers,
is another. Like any enterprise, catering
to the tourist traffic will require some
investment, and will need to be well
managed to be profitable. But the op
portunity for income is there; it may be
worth your looking into.
Apr. Milk Price
Provided Record
by Everett Newswanger,
Staff Reporter
The aver
age of indi
vidual hand
ler uniform
prices for
April under
Federal Or
dei No 4 is
$5 36, exceed
ing the April
1965 market
p reducer
price by 43
cents and providing the high
est per hundredweight return
yet recorded for April milk
priced by the Order. The
f.ob Delaware Valley produc
er milk price the same month
a year earlier was $4 93; the
March price this year was
$5 53 An 8-cent-per-point but
terfat adjustment is applicable
to individual paying prices to
producers for' April milk de
Largely responsible for the
average uniform price in
creases this April over last
was the 46-cent gain in the
Class I milk price, to $5 86
for the month. Suspension ac-
Smokey Bear To Be "Bugged"
Smokey Bear, the celebrated sym
bol of Forest Fire Prevention whose
fame 'extends to the farthest TV set,
comic strip, and sweatshirt in the land,
and who is reportedly the second high
est paid federal executive in Washing
ton, is about to get bugged but good.
Smokey’s success has been so spec
tacular actually reducing the number
of forest fires over the years despite in
creased use of the woods by people
that' now the attempt will be made to
personify another symbol. A BUG. -
Although this new symbol has been
used by USDA since 1963 to indicate
all foreign agricultural pests, it par
don us, she will now receive a name.
This coquettish little critter, shown as
a hitchhiking bug, will be called “Pes
Pestina appears on agricultural
quarantine notices distributed by air
lines, steamship companies, and travel
agents, says USDA, and is now being
shown on public service television an
Pestina will represent countless
plant and animal pests and diseases that
can be brought into the United States
from abroad. According to Under Secre
tary of Agriculture John A. Schnittker,
agricultural inspectors stationed at
points of entry to the U.S. have been
stopping incoming plant pests on the
average of once every 16 minutes
around the clock.
Schnittker called for continued co
operative effort by government and the
travel and transportation industry to
prevent the accidental introduction of
destructive pests that might add to our
present multi-billion-dollar yearly dam
age to food, forest, and ornamental re
sources by plant and animal pests.
While we feel it is undoubtedly
worth the effort to reduce this problem
by such means as an attractive, readily
recognized symbol, Pestina will not, we
fear, ever capture the public’s heart as
Smokey Bear has done. Pestina may be
just the beginning of a “symbol trend”,
but there will always be just one
Smokey Bear.
tion by the USDA set theproducers was 12 percent.
April 1-9 Class I price at Producer milk was received
$6 00, and April 10-30 at at 63 Order No. 4 plants in
$5 80 Producers also received April, compared with 77 the
a substantially higher price same month of 1965. Produc
for milk going into Class II ers under the Order totaled
milk products, with the April 4,820, a decrease of 530 from
price of $3 59 representing a April 1965 and 41 less than
37-cent advance from a year were reported for March this
earlier Utilization of produc- year. The average quantity
er milk m higher value Class of milk delivered daily per
I milk products accounted for Order No 4 dairyman rose to
771 percent of the supply 1,150 pounds, a record level
this April, compared with 761 90 pounds over last April,
percent in 1965. From March to April, the
daily average shipment per
producer advanced 31 pounds.
The March to April season
al decline in the producer
milk price was 17 cents,
prompted by downward ad
justments of 14 cents in the
Class I milk price, and near
ly 11 cents in the Class II
puce and a slightly reduced
Class I percentage From
March to April 1965, when
the Class I price normally de
creases 60 cents, the average
uniform milk price dropped
52 cents
April producer milk, total
ing 166 3 million pounds for
the month, was 2 3 percent
less than April 1965 receipts,
but,- on a daily basis, 1 9 per
cent above March deliveries
this year The April 1965 pro
ducer milk supply was 170.2
million pounds; daily deliver
ies this March averaged 544
million pounds. A year earli
er, the March to April sea
sonal upturn m receipts from
Lancaster Farming
Lancaster County’s Own Farm
P. O. Box 266 - Lititz, Pa.
22 E. Main St.
Litxtz, Pa. 17543
Phone - Lancaster
394-3047 or
Lititz 626-2191
Don Timmons, Editor
Robert G. Campbell, Adver
f ising Director
Subscription pncte $2 per
ye«r in Lancaster County; $3
Established November 4,
1955. Published every Satur
day by Lancaster Farming, Lit
itz, Pa Second Class Postage
paid at Lititz, Ph, 17543.
Affluent Society
Lesson for May 22,1966
BocltgrtundScriphira II Kings M 23 29, AmosS U
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Davatianal Reading Isaiah 5 1 7*
The United Stales as a nation
Is like a man who has worked
hard and saved money carefully
all his life, and suddenly one
morning wakes up to find him
self rich. He has so much money
that he doesn’t have to be thrifty
any more. He
belongs to the
"Haves”, not the
"Have-nots”, It
is a bewildering
experience foe.
which he has had
no' preparation.
Someone wille\ en
have to invent a
Dr. Foreman w ord to describe
the kind of society (that is, what
kind of country or nation) he
lives in. Indeed someone has in
vented or dug up from the less
used pages of the dictionary, just
the word to describe the kind of
society we are: an affluent society.
That means, put in less fancy
words, a society that has more
money than it knows what to do
The emergence of a nation as
rich as ours is a rare thing in
human history. Xations tend to
take all the credit for their own
affluence, but this is pure conceit.
It was conceit when the nation of
Israel through a combination of
circumstances found herself
wealthy. It is conceit for us to for
get the factors (oil and copper,
for two) that'have contributed so
much 'to our v.ealth, factors we
enjoyed and used but did not
create. But that is another story.
The point here is that nobody
and no nation w ants to be poor.
Indeed, don’t most of us feel that
if we only had money all our
troubles would vanish away? Yet
newspaper readers know that
crimes such as drug taking, sex
crimes, theft and murder, are
committed often by the young
people from the community’s
"best” homes. Instead of doing
away with troubles, families are
finding out every day thatmoney,
so far from solving our prob-
Now Is The Time ...
By Max Smith, Lancaster County Agent
To Use Care With Atrazine
The control of grass in corn with the
herbicide, atrazine, may be attained with
proper application and sufficient moisture in
the soil. However, we’d like to point out the
need for extreme care in using the proper
amounts per acre Many corn fields will go
to small gram this fall or next spring, and
others will be followed with tobacco, these
crops are easily damaged by the atrazine re
sidue; growers are urged to use the mini
mum amounts where grasses are a problem.
To Wilt Grass Silage Crops
Livestock producers who are planning
to make all or part of their first cutting of
grass-legume forage into silage are reminded SMITH
of the need for some wilting; the direct cut method contains
too much moisture and usually results in lower qualitj feed
Wilting will help take the place of a preservative with hay
crop silages.
To Fertilize Alfalfa Stands To Look Twice
Many chemicals are includ-
One of the good times to ed in the farm spray pro
apply fertilizer to an estab- gram, custom sprayers and
lished stand of alfalfa is im- dealers have many' different
mediately after the removal materials to handle' each clay
of the first cutting. Due to and to -keep separate. We
the controversal merits of ap- urge feveiy spray operator to
plying any nitrogen to a be sure i that he is applying
healthy stand of alfalfa, the the proper, at the
use of a phosphorus-potash" recommended rate and time,
fertilizer is still recommend- Unlabelled containers are
ed. A well-fertilized crop very dangerous and' cpuld
should respond, quicker for rifin a crop. Extreme‘-'care
later cuttings and yield great- and safety is necessary at all
er tonnage. times. Take time to be safe.
timi, oftsn 'Only iiUi oas-moel
probltm to_ tho»« wshsvV.' : >And
•till ws act foollih enough to
want to be rich. Even we who
read and claim to believe the
BlSls forget iti many warninge
againit affluence.
For the fact is that in the Bible
there are many more warnings
against wealth than against pov
erty. The prophets were always
condemning the rich, ae Amos
did. Jesus warned against riches
in his Sermon on the Mount and
in many parables. The only char
acter In Jesus’ stories who ended
in hell was a rich man. James
utters a special warning to those
who contribute to the poverty of
the poor by overcharging them
or otherwise swinging the scales
of justice in favor of the afflaent.
Prophets in the nation of Israel,
at a time when that little nation
thought it had '’arrived” kept
warning more insistently than
ever that what makes a nation
great is not wealth but character.
When a society becomes af
fluent, it is on the brink of be
coming soft and rotten. Solid
Christian character is just as
needed in an affluent society as
in a poverty-stricken one. But
what traits of character are spec
ially called for? What kinds of
men, in short, are needed to stop
the process of decay? One kind of
man certainly is needed, in pros
perity and poverty no less, men
of reliable character, men who
will not forsake the hard for the
easy way. But remember: wealth
is one of the severest tests of
human character. For example,
a man may be known for his
self-discipline. He does not in
dulge in social drinking. Retakes
no alcoholic drinks in public or
in private. But why is he a total
abstainer? Perhaps only because
he can’t afford liquor at present
prices. But if being poor is your
only reason for being good, then
you aren’t very good after ail!
B«s*d *n *utlm*« e*|»ynght*d by th* Division
•( Christian Education National Council «r Hi*
Churchtt *f Christ m th* USA Rtioasad by
Community Pr«» Strvic*)
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