Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, February 06, 1971, Image 4

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—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, February 6,1971
Bigger Corn Crop Planned
How will farmers react at planting time
this year to the Southern Corn Blight of
1970 and the market conditions which stem
med from the blight?
That has been an important question
facing the nation and farmers for many
Now early indications are beginning to
arrive. U.S. studies reported this week by
the Pennsylvania Crop Reporting Service
show production in many major crops is ex
pected to be up.
Farmers indicated, as of January 1,
that they intend to plant m 1971 in compari
son to 1970 six per cent more corn acreage,
fne per cent more barley, seven per cent
more soybeans and 17 per cent more sor
This would be offset somewhat by a six
per cent decline in wheat and three per
cent drop in oats.
Know Your
Climbing a tree is quite easy and pro
bably sate for an agile youth. But injury
odds go up should a creaky old-timer try the
same feat.
A dazzling display of sheer physical
driving skill is relatively simple for the
car-minded alert young person with quick
reflexes and keen vision. It’s tougher when
one is slowed by age, illness or alcohol.
In other words, we have differing abili
ties and limitations which must be taken in
to account in what we do and how we do
what we do, warns the National Safety
A man who fails to make full or best
A Poem for Farmers
In recent months, it seems all the
economic news has spelled higher costs and
lower returns for farmers.
Key farm income makers such as eggs,
"broilers, pork and cattle have all taken
substantial price reductions, probably be
-cause of a combination of over-supply and
-sluggish demand.
Meanwhile, there have been strikes fol
lowed by strikes leading to higher wages
and prices for basic things which farmers
need to continue production
We actually believe the worst is probab
ly over. There are many indications that
farmers are beginning to correct the over
supply situation and that demand may be
beginning to pick up. Generally, things ap
pear at their worst just when they’re be
ginning to get better.
There are many other problems the
farmer faces today, too, such as higher
taxes' encroaching urban areas and tneir
demands and restrictions on land use. w aste
disposal problems, pesticide controls and
■" We think farmers can and will sohe
already are solving these social and com
munity problems, too, just as they ha\e al
ways solved production problems
But as the farmer goes about his busi
ness of doing all the many things necessary
to meet his problems, pay his costs and still
have enough left over to provide for Ins
family, we know there are times when he
wonders if it’s all worth it, if he can and
should continue to make the effort. We’re
Lancaster County’s Own Farm Weekl\
P. 0. Box 266 - Lititz, Pa 17543
Office- 22 E Main St. Lititz. Pa 17543
Phone. Lancastei 394 3047 or Lititz 626-2191
Robert G, Campbell. Adveitising Director
Zane Wilson, Managing Editor >
.Subscription di ice S 2 per year in Lancaster
County. S 3 elsewhere"
Established November 4, 1955
Published »\ ' Saturday b\ Lancaster
Farming, Lititz, Pa.
■ Second Class Postage paid at Lititz Pa
Member of Newspaper Farm Editors Assn
Pa. Newspapei Publishers Association and
National Newsoaner Assumption
This early report suggests that some
farmers who fear the blight again this
year are turning to barley, soybeans and
sorghum as an alternative, or partial al-
ter native, to corn,
' But the report also suggests that other
factors, probably including the high price
of corn, are keeping farmers interested in To Protect Farm Babies will be the mistakes. We urge
maintaining and even increasing corn acre- This is the time of the year all producers to thoroughly
age. when many pigs and lambs are study and evaluate the plaits
It should be noted that it’s much too being born; these little creatures and building details, so they can
early to tell what farmers actually will do.' ” ee(i some P rote< -tion for the be put into practice with ;a
Maybe if farmers in some states, such as f J rst few days ’ lf ™ ™ n t imu .”? ofchangeanderrof.
T j , . ~ , ~ , during very cold weather. Heat- Talk with others and with sub-
Indiana, which vvere hit hard by blight can t ccl pens or the use of heat lamps ject matter authorities bdfore
buy resistant corn seed, they 11 change their la strongly recommended Dry going too far
plans and turn to other crops. and warm quarters aie very im-
The overall projections, however, indi- portant for the first few days. To Obtain Legume Seeds ,
cate at this point an abundance of feed sup- Extra time spent on the herd or Recent weather conditions give
plies in 1971 and may point to an easing of flock at this time of the year encouragement that the
the cost pressures which were an important will increase net returns. time to bioadcast clover and al
factor in farm income in 1970. To Mate Mistakes On falfa in winter grains is just 'a
Taper Fiist few weeks ahead However, late
The construction of new build- February and early March
mgs, or the expansion of exist- broadcasts have given the best
mg structures, requires very stands Growers are urged to
P . . , . careful thought and planning, take delivery of the kind of sedd
use of his abilities or exceeds his limitations Merely to become larger is not desired so they will be ready
is more apt to suffer an accident. the answer m many cases Good to broadcast when weather con-
At the same time, in order that he can d f°* S Rifled see £ s
, , , , i_* i i. i. . Dfc applied regardless of the size of adapted, high-yieldinsr var
use his abilities and honor his limitations to 0 f the operation The larger leties are strong recommei
prevent accidents, a person must have suf- the enterprise, the more costly ed. 11
ficient knowledge and information. He must
know what is hazardous and how to handle Pai« Pull Mavlraf Pannvfo
or avoid it. A motorist must know the rules IVAarisei IxepOrtS
of the road as well as how to physically Read Lancaster Farming
perform the driving function. Each of us &
should know what we can and cannot do
When it comes to your safety what
you don’t know can hurt you!
sure that most farmers will conclude that
farming remains a good way of life; like
any other way of life, farming has its faults,
but over the long run, the good always out
weighs the bad.
We think a poem by Albert L. Mason en
titled “Rural Ego” goes a long way toward
capturing the condition of farmers today at
the same time that it gives a spark to make
the world look a little less formidable. The
poem, which was distributed at a recent
meeting of the women’s committee of the
Pennsylvania Farmers Association, is as
So you’re a farmer! Bless your soul!
Stand up and brag a bit!
God help the city fellows,
If we farmers ever quit!
Though I succumb to writing rhyme,
I wish to make it plain,
I’\ e always been a farmer,
And with luck 111 so remain.
Too long ha\ ewe been humble
And turned the other cheek
We should be proud, not arrogant,
But let’s not be too meek!
You feed the world! you clothe the world!
Yours is the golden fleece,
Our 'Western w orld’s ace in the hole,
Its catalyst for peace.
Your business is creator
Of jobs throughout the land;
Three out ot ten who are employed
Depend on your good hand.
Success means you're proficient '
In a score of different skills;
You’re a specialist in management
And community goodwill.
You’re fnechanic and a plumber,
A carpenter and “vet".
With sleeies rolled up and boots on
You keep going when it's wet!
Don’t let the world shortchange you!
Stick out your chest and shout!
Your business is dynamic!
Milquetoastism is out!
Lesson for February 7,1971
latksrouna Scripture; lukt 11 5-13;
18 1 I.
The late Emmett Fox used to
tell a story about a city boy who
was spending his summer on the
farm. His hosts had a fine time
showing him around the farm,
pointing out the sights he had
never seen in the city where he
One of the
sights they
showed him was a
hen sitting on a
nest of eggs. They
told him that
some day soon a How long? How long?
«uf.r”'h v“W»* “ ”* O. m
ee« The little hov P appy army draftee who was be-
Rev. Althouse was deliehted with lng dnlled under a hot > scorching
tbi. prospect
he would race to the chicken “
noon to see whether the Great ® n thusiastic or ade Pt a t what
muacle had yet occurred.
J was startled to see the rookip
No signs of change dro P his rj fic- “How long have
Days went by and the little hoy d l"
became disappointed as nothing wiro/A^r-i 16 i? 6 ma ff
happened in the chicken coop. at - h f, officer and
The eggs looked exactly as they ’ t, ~ L
had when he had first seen them. nav’^}m^?nh 0i tim ? if*
Thev bore no sicns of chanse day seems be an eternity, but
whatsoever. So hfs faith in the must remember that it is no;:,
expected miracle began to wane. bnt chicken.
Finally, after many fruitless days a waif- P f r £ lS !f
of watching, he gave up alto- answer which God wtfl
gether, deciding that he had been g >,f n OVI! ’ n ® ood time<
deceived. ■-(lasid on’ oullints copyrighted by tl»
The next day, by sheer habit, couneT- 0 l!X N^ 0 !* 1
and no longer in anticipation, he u.s a. ’ p e i«is.d h by commii’mty "fri! * ‘
went to the coop and was amazed S *V2!* -1 1 •, ’
to find that the miracle had taken "> !
plade; the nest was alive with '■ t !
little chicks. How amazing it ' ’ n
seemed that all this’had taken... ‘ ATTEKItV rue
place overnight. Yesterday the ■■ * tjHO iinc
eggs had looked the same as^* - CHURCHOF YOUR
ways, but today the eggs were re- , CUkmAv
placed by fully-developed SUNDAY
chicks! 1 •_ , - -g •? r
Appearances, of course, had <
been deceiving to the boy. The
eggs appeared Li be the same
By Max Smith
Lancaster County Agent
every day, yet all the v/h-1-, vvone
derful changes were taking place
inside them, The miracle w«|
growing right before his eyes,
he couldn’t see it. j>
Is God punctual?
In "My Pair Lady,” Professoic
Higgins sings, “Why Can’t A W®»
man Be Like A Man?” There!s *
sense in which pur prayers muSfc
often sound as'if we’re sayint
“Why can’t God he like a manff
Why can’t he do things our wayl
Why can’t he pace himself *s•
cording to our schedule? Wbf
isn’t he more punctual? ' i
This may sound presumptuoui
yet isn’t this what many „of -us
feel deep down? “God, I asked
you to help me last week, and £
still am in the same
“Lord, I’ve been asking for thre»
years for you to change my hus
band, and he’s still the same,"” 1
The two parables in Luke 11
and 18 are not meant to compart
God to an indifferent neighbor of
reluctant judge. Rather, with
these two stories, Jesus is saying
that if these two all-too-huma?
men will respond to a man’s Pa
tient persistence, how much morf
are we assured of the eventual re
sponse of a loving God! ■