Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, August 16, 1980, Image 15

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Fruit production up , field crops decline
sylvania production of
winter wheat, barley, ap
ples, peaches, pears, grapes
and tobacco should all be
above last year, based on
August 1 conditions, ac
cording to the Pennsylvania
Crop Reporting Service.
Com, soybeans, oats, rye,
sorghum, alfalfa, other hay
and pastures are predicted
to fall below last year.
The 1980 Pennsylvania
com for gram crop, at 100.9
billion bushels, is estimated
to be down 11 percent from
last year, at 82.0 bushels per
acre. Winter wheat,
however, is predicted to set a
new record yield of 38.0
bushels per acre, an in
crease of 17 percent to 9.5
million bushels.
Pennsylvania fruit crop
production appears headed
for across the board in
creases. Pear production is
estimated at 3700 tons, up 32
percent from last year;
grapes, at 56,000 tons are
predicted to be up one
percent; apples, with a
forecast of 570 million
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pounds are up seven per
cent; and peaches at 105
million pounds are up 17
Other Pennsylvania field
crops production, per
centage change and yield
per acre from last year are
as follows: soybeans for
beans, 2.6 million bushels,
down slightly at 27 bushels
per acre; rye, 455,000
bushels, down one percent at
35 bushels per acre; oats,
18.4 million bushels, down
slightly at 54 bushels per
acre; barley, 5.7 million
bushels, up five percent at 54
bushels per acre; sorghum,
for grain, 350,000 bushels,
down 33 percent at 70 bushels
per acre; and tobacco, 22.1
million pounds, up 25 percent
at 1.700 pounds per aere.
Alfalfa hay, estimated at
2.3 million tons, is down one
percent at 2.7 tons per acre.
Ofher hay, at 1.9 million
tons, is predicted to be down
three percent at 1 75 tons per
acre. Pasture and range feed
is being rated as poor to fair
compared to an average
rating of good to excellent
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Fleetwood, Pa. 19522
last year and for the past ten
At the national level, all
wheat production is forecast
at a record high 2.32 billion
bushels, virtually unchanged
from the July 1 forecast, but
nine percent above last year
The 90 percent confidence
interval for this production
forecast is from 2.25 to 2.40
billion bushels.
The U.S. winter wheat
crop is now forecast at 1.87
billion bushels, up one
percent from the July 1
forecast. Durum wheat
production is estimated to be
up eleven percent while
other spring wheat is down
six percent from a month
Food gram production
(wheat, rye and rice) is
expected to total 70.3 million
metric tons m 1980, an in
crease of eight percent from
last year. Com production is
forecast at 6.65 billion
bushels, nine percent less
than the July 1 prediction,
and 14 percent below last
year’s record crop.
Feed gram production
(com, sorghum, oats and
barley combined) is ex
pected to total 197 million
metric tons, down 16 percent
from the 1979 record high 234
million metric tons. Soybean
production is forecast at 1.88
billion bushels, 17 percent
less than last year, and
sorghum gram production,
forecast at 553 million
bushels, would be down 32
percent from 1979.
EQUINUNK - The Rocky
Springs purebred Sunmental
herd was dispersed in its
entirety here on Saturday,
July 19 as 151 lots totaled
$162,660 to average $1077.
Two herd bulls averaged
$4000; 42 purebred cow-calf,
pairs averaged $1590 , 49
bred purebred cows
averaged $903 ; 27 open'
purebred heifers averaged
$650 ; 25 purebred yearling
5 9,999
$ 11 f 919
Prices Good Thru August 30, 1980.
Similar Values Available On Other Sizes!
Rocky Springs disperses herd
48' x 75* x 14*
48'x75'x 14’
50’ x 75’ x 14’
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, August 16,1980—A15
Hay production is forecast
at 124 million tons, down 15
percent from the record high
crop of 1979. Pasture and
range condition on August 1
averaged 60 percent, 24
points below a year ago. All
tobacco production is
forecast at 1,850.8 million
pounds, 21 percent greater
than the 1979 crop.
bulls averaged $749; 6
commercial Simmental
pairs averaged $984; and 2
bred commercial half-blood
cows sold for $738 each.
Volume buyer Ed Blake,
New York, New York, paid
$5OOO for the Lot 2 herd bull
RSF Invincible 021 J, a three
year old son of Galant. His
dam, Lot 34, by Pansien sold
to the same buyer for $2600.
Blake paid $3200 for the top
U.S. apple production is
forecast at 8,360.5 million
pounds, up three percent
from last year, while peach
production, forecast at 2,907
million pounds is down two
percent from last year. Pear
production is forecast at
872,800 tons, up one percent
from the 1979 crop and grape
production is forecast at 4.83
million tons, down three
percent from last year.
purebred cow-calf pair, Lot
6, Miss SBL 0256 G by Rex
with a bull calf at side by Mr.
Lot 3, Miss SBL 0180 G, and
her polled bull calf by Keep-
It-Clean sold for $3,000.
Cattle sold into 8 states
throughout the East.
Gerald Bowie and Mike
Jones served as auctioneers
and The Auction Way
Company managed the sale.
Rain theft
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crops, and who are able to
control moisture to some
extent by irrigation.
More recently the in
surance companies who
insure the tree crops have
been blamed, the reasoning
being they fear large
payouts should the fruit crop
be damaged.
No proof exists against
any of the groups.
The 1968 Weather
Modification Law requires a
license for anyone who
wants to modify the weather
many manner.
At present there are no
licensees m Pennsylvania,
according to the Agriculture
Department. That would
mean any cloud seeder
working m Pennsylvania
now would be acting
“At this pomt we have no
knowlege or evidence of any
cloud seeding eqmpment in
the area, nor has anyone
been able to say they have
seen any such eqmpment in
the area,” Hallowed said.
“The investigation will
attempt to determine if there
is any basis to the charges,”
he added
A report back from police
and aviation officials will be
requested within 30 days.
The board consists of
seven members, four being
state officials, including one
Penn Stater; and three
private citizens.
Also listening to farmers’
concerns were Represen
tative Kenneth J Cole, 91st .
district, and Senator
William J. Moore’s
legislative assistant.
While the majority of
concerned growers farm 50
acres or more of gram in
Adams County, some
Maryland gram producers
also attended the sessions.
The cloud seeding question
has popped up several times
over the past decade,
reaching highs in 1971 and
again in the mid-70s. This
year’s flurry of activity is
the first resurgence of the
ram theft charges in a few