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A summary of market
and commodity news
for the past week
Nothing New Under
The Rising Sun
The government was paying farmers to keep their
land out of production at a time when there were
severe food shortages in. other parts of the world.
Thus, production controls came under attack
politically. As a result, there’s a new farm program for
1974 to increase output and reduce fallow land.
But, before you start jumping' to conclusions on this
one, we should point out the situation above has to do
with Japan. That’s right, Japan! And, the Japanese
government did pay Japanese farmers $460 per acre
last year to divert their rice lands to fallow.
This year, however, the Japanese have changed the
program to one of incentives -- direct payments to
farmers. The aim: To balance the domestic supply and
demand for rice by converting rice land to other crops,
principally wheat and soybeans. The reason:
Japanese.soybean production has declined from
500,000 metric tons in 1955 to 100,000 tons last year,
while wheat output dropped from 1.5 million tons to
200,000 tons during the same period.
Under the new program, farmers will get $535 per
acre for convertingrice lands to other crops. They'll
get direct payments at $157 per ton for soybeans,
$126 per ton for wheat, plus guaranteed prices of
$472 per ton for soybeans, $274 per ton for wheat In
addition, wheat farmers in certain areas who increase
the size of their operations by more than 12 acres will
receive management incentive payments of $756.
Will it worktOnly in part. The potential gross return
per acre for rice will be $1,175, assuming a 1.8 tons
per acre yield, plus the guaranteed support priced On
the other hand, the potential return for soybeans wilt
be $1,007 per acre if the yield is % of a ton per acre.
The gross return for wheat is only $638, based on a 1
tdn per acre yield and if management payments are
by Dick
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, January 12, 1974
The biggest grin of James Wylie's young life ap
peared on his face when judge Herman Purdy
siapped-the 17-year-old’s steer on the rump in the
final tension-breaking nlove of the junior steer
Thousands Brave Weather
For 58th Pa. Farm Show
The weatherman dug
deeply into his bag of tricks
this week to prepare his
Leon Kreider, left, and Don Trimble
said it all with plaques, signs and
smiles on Wednesday at the com
pletion of Brown Swiss judging at the
Pennsylvania Farm Show. Kreider
and Trimble are partners in a Peach
Bottom dairy farm.
traditional welcome for
visitors to the 58th Annual
Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Nothing could keep the
crowds at home, though, as
135.000 visitors appeared on
Monday, 155,000 on Tuesday,
170.000 Wednesday, and on
Thursday, one of the worst
weather days, 175,000
showed up. Thursday’s at
tendance was reportedly a
record for the day.
A few records may have
been set in competition by
local contestants, too,
especially in junior beef and
sheep competition. In the
junior steer show held
Thursday, a Chester County
youth showed the grand
champion animal, a 1250-
pound crossbred. Lancaster
County had the reserve
champion, and all the other
top prizes went to either
Lancaster or Chester County
A crossbred steer owned
by James Wylie, of RD2,
Nottingham, was crowned
the best junior steer in ex
tremely close judging. Wylie
is a member of the Chester
show hold Thursday at the Farm Show. Wylie of
Nottingham, Chester County, showed a 1250-
pound crossbred.
County 4-H Baby Beef Club.
Reserve grand champion
steer was exhibited by Gary
Brubaker, of 345 Running
Pump Rd., Lancaster, also a
crossbred. A 4-H member,
Gary is a member of the
Lancaster County 4-H *_aby
Beef Club.
Champion Angus was
shown by Barbara Sickler, of
RDI, West Chester, Chester
County. Reserve champion
Angus was shown by John
Holloway, of 32 W. Street
Road, West Chester. Both
showmen are members of
the Chester County 4-H Baby
Beef Club.
Champion Hereford was
exhibited by Ed Hess, of
RDI, Strasburg, Lancaster
County. Cynthia Shank, of
RDI, Conestoga, Lancaster
County, showed the reserve
champion Hereford. Both
are members of the Lan
caster Countv -f H Baby Beef
Judge for the popular
event was Herman Purdy,
professor emeritun of
animal science at Penn State
In beef breeding com
petition, a' reserve cham
pionship ribbon went to
Marshall C, a senior yearling
Angus bull, owned by Conrad
L. and Nancy C. Grove,
Downington, Chester
County. In junior beef
breeding, Darlene F.
S 2 00 Per Year
Rohrbaugh, Seven Valleys
RD2, York County, showed
the resenre champion
Brubaker, Herr and
Morgan were names which
dominated sheep com
petition at the Farm Show.
In Monday’s competition,
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Herr,
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A New Face For
Lancaster Farming
There’s a new look to
Lancaster Farming. Our
page layout has gone
from five columns to six,
partly because of a need
to conserve newsprint
and partly from a desire
to use a newer type face
which we feel is a little
more readable.
We hope you like our
new face.
In This Issue
Markets ' 2-4
Sale Register 30
Fanners Almanac 6
Classified Ads 32
Editorials 10
Homestead Notes 20
Home on the Range 22
Farm Calendar 28
FFA Engine Contest 27
Lancaster County
Vo-Ag officers 16